Ben Mitchell runs the Fontpad from his home in Brighton, UK.
He studied his masters in typeface design at the University of Reading, graduating with distinction in 2012. His research and dissertation traced the evolution of the Burmese alphabet from its Brahmi roots in inscriptions, palm-leaf manuscripts and traditional folding books, through its initial casting in metal type in 1776, to its modern-day form. This research culminated in the completion of a font family supporting Burmese, Thai and Latin.
He is continuing to develop his specialisation in the scripts of Southeast Asia, a region Ben has been visiting for almost 20 years. He has designed and consulted on fonts for Thai, Lao, Burmese, Khmer, Cham, Tham and Vietnamese, and regularly makes research trips to Southeast Asia to study typography, lettering and handwriting, which help inform his professional practice.
Ben aims to base his design work on firm foundations, by discussing languages, palaeography and current typographic conventions with academics, designers, software engineers and publishers who work with Southeast Asian writing systems. He also studies Southeast Asia’s manuscript tradition, by consulting archives at the British Library, the Royal Asiatic Society, and the Siam Society among others.
Ben has worked on text, display and user interface (UI) fonts, script extensions, retail and custom designs, and has consulted on existing non-Latin typefaces. Clients include Adobe, Black Foundry, Bold Monday, Brody Associates, Carrois Apostrophe (now bbox), Colophon Foundry, Indian Type Foundry, Microsoft, Miles Newlyn, Monotype, Rosetta Type Foundry, TypeTogether and Tiro Typeworks.
Alongside the development of new type families, Ben teaches type design workshops, mentors students and professional type designers around the world, and enjoys talking about type at conferences.
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