Type Crit Crew

A resource for type design students

Juan Villanueva
Apr 12, 2020 · 7 min read

The Type Crit Crew is a free resource for type design students to meet 1–1 with experienced type designers for virtual critiques.

Our goals are:

  • To make type design and type designers more accessible and approachable to students of all levels from anywhere in the world who are serious about honing their skills
  • To do our part in making our field more inclusive and diverse
  • To spread our love and passion for type

How does it work?

If you’re an experienced type designer, you can sign up to be added to the spreadsheet using the Type Crit Crew Instructors Sign Up Form. New Type Crit Crew members will be added/announced on Tuesday mornings through Instagram and Twitter

Who can be part of the Type Crit Crew?

If you work for a foundry or for yourself, if you’ve released dozens of fonts or just one, or if you’ve graduated from a type design program or are self-taught, your experience counts. The most important thing is that you‘re willing to share your time and hard-earned experience in the field with those who are just starting. Think of it as paying it forward.

Instructors are in complete control of their availability and you’re welcome to change your availability at any time.

Is this really free?

Think of it as if you were buying a cup of coffee (or tea) to one of your favorite type designers in exchange for their feedback on your student project. It’s a symbolic thank you, more than anything else.

Instructors can choose to skip the tip and instead point a student to a charity of their choice on the tip/donations column.

That said, don’t tip or donate if it in any way causes you hardship.

The best way to support is by being kind to your instructor(s), follow up with a nice thank you email, spread the word about this resource, and let us know if you have any feedback or comments.

Can instructors be students?

However, keep in mind that this is not a place for free professional consultations on paid or spec work. Design consultation is a job that many of our instructors engage in. In fact, many of them are available for freelance work, and you’re encouraged to reach out to them in a professional capacity to hire them for a project.

Remember, this is fundamentally a learning resource meant to open doors for people and make type more accessible.

Any report on abuse of our policy against client work will not be tolerated.

📐 Rules 📐

  • Each student gets a maximum of one crit a month or at the discretion of the instructor and their availability.
  • To schedule an appointment, book one through the instructor’s online calendar, or kindly reach out to the instructor via email.
  • Make sure to reach out to the instructor and send them your presentation/type proof with a brief description of your project before your appointment.
  • There are no dumb questions, ask away.
  • Instructors reserve the right to cancel or reschedule an appointment based on their availability.
  • Please be respectful of the instructor’s time and do not use the contact information for any other purpose than to schedule a crit, send a type proof, and a thank you note.

Rescheduling and Cancellations

If something does happen and you need to cancel with only a few hours notice, be sure to send an email to the instructor as soon as you know you can’t make your appointment. And please don’t reschedule an appointment before first reaching out to the instructor. If a student has canceled at the last minute, instructors reserve the right to not reschedule the appointment.

Treat this as you would any professional interaction and make a good first impression!

Why a spreadsheet?

But also because it’s easy to update and easier than designing and maintaining a website.


We will not tolerate harassment of any kind. Instructors and students can both be removed and/or banned without notice.

Who is behind this?

This is a labor of love and any comments, feedback, or suggestions for how to make things better are welcome. Feel free to reach me at jv.kafka@gmail.com and put Type Crit Crew in the subject line.


Who is considered a student?

What is personal self-initiated work?

Only when the work is either paid client work or unpaid for a client pitch (spec work) then this exchange starts to become a freelance opportunity. If that’s the case, you’re encouraged to hire the instructor at their appropriate rates.

Is this a place for lettering and calligraphy feedback?

The main reason being that type design requires a deep study of letterforms involving the practical and theoretical aspects of lettering and calligraphy as they are inherent to the practice. While an experienced type designer might not be an expert letterer or calligrapher, they would be able to discuss lettering and calligraphy as applied to type design, since they’re both an essential part of their education.

This will be a constantly evolving platform as we learn more about how people are using it and what they’re most interested in learning. There may be an opportunity to open this up to people practicing only lettering or calligraphy in the future. Or if anyone is interested in starting a similar platform only for lettering and calligraphy, I’d be happy to serve as a resource.


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