“In the classroom, I get very excited about type, and I enjoy passing that excitement onto students and getting them passionate about it too. Also, the work I do with students always has me looking at letterforms in different ways, so it’s a constant learning process—for them and for me.”

Professor of Graphic Design Mark Jamra has designed and produced typefaces for over 30 years. His lettering and typefaces have been widely exhibited and have received awards from the Association Typographique International and the Type Directors Club. He owns TypeCulture® LLC, an independent digital type foundry and academic resource, and has served as a typographic consultant to the Hewlett‐Packard Research Laboratories in Bristol, England, and to URW Software & Type GmbH in Hamburg, Germany. He earned his BFA from Kent State University and completed his graduate studies at the School of Design in Basel, Switzerland.


  • Served on the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI)’s board of directors
  • Creator of Phoreus Cherokee, the first usable multi-weight Cherokee / Latin typeface family. Included in Typographica’s list of top 2014 typeface designs
  • Collaborative work on a typeface project that targets a number of under‐ served African writing systems and language communities


TypeCulture donates 5 % of its annual earnings in licenses to support the Africa Schoolhouse Foundation, a nonprofit group committed to building sustainable school communities for children in underserved areas of Africa.

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