Leo Vicenti Assistant Professor and Type Designer, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Leo Vicenti (Jicarilla Apache) is an Assistant Professor of Communication Design at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. He holds an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in Visual Communication Design and a BA in Graphic Design from Fort Lewis College (FLC). His current research approaches indigenous language preservation, revitalization, and the return of these languages to everyday use through the development of language support in typography and representation in the design field. He maintains practice-based research in exhibition design alongside his creative pursuits in visual communication design.

Mark Turin Associate Professor, Anthropologist & Linguist, University of British Columbia

Mark Turin (PhD, Linguistics, Leiden University, 2006) is an anthropologist, linguist and occasional radio presenter, and an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. He is cross-appointed between the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies and the Department of Anthropology. Dr. Turin currently serves as Director of Digital Scholarship in Arts (DiSA) and the Interim Editor of the journal Pacific Affairs.

Cris Hernández Type Designer and Researcher, Que Queda Type

Cris Hernández is a typeface designer engaged in education, public service, and research, with a focus on multi-script support and digitally disadvantaged languages in North America. He received his post-graduate certificate in Typeface Design from the Cooper Union in 2019.

Bridget Chase Freelance Language Technologist, Development Manager

Bridget Chase is a language technologist with nearly 10 years of experience in digital mobilization for Indigenous languages. Bridget is committed to building relationships in order to develop projects that suit specific community needs, engaging with issues that relate to language, technology and social justice. They have been privileged to work with and learn from Indigenous language champions both locally and globally, while managing the development of digital tools for language documentation, learning and teaching.

Julia Schillo Graduate Student, Graphic Designer & Linguist, Simon Fraser University

Kevin King Type Designer and Researcher, Typotheque

Kevin King is a typeface designer, typographer, calligrapher, and type researcher based in Canada. After working at Toronto’s Coach House Press and Canada Type, he completed his Master’s degree in Typeface Design with distinction at the University of Reading in 2018. His work focuses on font support and research for minority languages, working directly with Indigenous communities in North America to support their language revitalization and preservation efforts. Through his work collaborating with Typotheque, he has contributed to reforming the text standardisation for the Unified Canadian Syllabics in the Unicode Standard through character additions and representative glyph revisions. In conjunction with his type design work, he maintains a calligraphy practice, teaching workshops and lecturing on both subjects in Canada and Europe.