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Mary Louise Killen



Written by Luc Devroye
McGill University
Montreal, Canada
lucdevroye@gmail.com
http://luc.devroye.org
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Mary Louise earned a BFA in graphic design and painting from Louisiana State University. She also earned a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Visual Communications. Now based in Louisiana, she graduated from the type design program at the University of Reading in 2010.

As a student, she designed the upbeat text face Acadie and the Thai face Yala. She explains: Acadie regular and italic are drawn with reference to the broad-edged pen. A model of inspiration was Christoph Noordzij's typeface, Collis. It maintains a good performance in long texts with subtle calligraphic fluidity. To enhance liveliness and avoid a static monolinear stroke, Acadie utilizes higher contrast with a tall x-height to show an energetic visual impression on a page. About Yala: Yala regular is also created with reference to the broad-edged pen. Precedents examined are Adobe Thai, Sukothai (Linotype) and other angular typefaces printed in 1930 letterpress editions. The design of Yala creates an even color suitable for long texts and even diacritical positioning. Resisting a monolinear stroke similar to Cordi New (Microsoft), a higher contrast design favorable to a handwritten form is developed. Additional scans of Acadie: i, ii, iii. In 2010, she drew Apartment Type, a set of objects. Behance link.

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Luc Devroye ⦿ School of Computer Science ⦿ McGill University Montreal, Canada H3A 2K6 ⦿ lucdevroye@gmail.com ⦿ http://luc.devroye.org ⦿ http://luc.devroye.org/fonts.html