Katy Mawhood works as the Fonts Specialist at Oxford University Press. She graduated with distinction from MA Typeface Design at the University of Reading, where she developed a keen interest in global writing systems. Her love of travel lead her to work in Berlin and later Doha, creating dual language campaigns in Arabic and English. In her spare time she freelances as an independent typographer for several publishers, with a focus on poetry and translation.
My story, since 2007
After dropping out of a course in Architecture in late 2007, a good friend offered the best advice: 'find what you love to do and get someone to pay you for doing it'. For the next year and a half I relied on recruitment agencies to finance my transition to a new discipline; my free-time spent reading design literature and learning software. By 2009, I was working as a full-time professional graphic designer.
Not yet satisfied and keen to learn more, I started a BA in Typography and Graphic Communication at the University of Reading. My employer invited me to continue working part-time alongside my studies and full-time in holidays. In 2012–13, I was awarded an AHRC studentship to continue my studies to an MA Typeface Design.
Since March 2015, I have worked as the Fonts Specialist at Oxford University Press. The role is concerned with all facets of the Global Academic division font strategy including license acquisition, technical rendering, cultural sensitivity as well as maintaining a leading edge on the fonts landscape.