Biography

Hey there! I'm Fernando Díaz, a graphic designer born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1988. I consider myself lucky to be dedicated to the thing I like the most: Type Design, I only hope you can see it reflected in my work. So feel free to snoop around!


STUDIES

• B.A. with high honors in Graphic Design from ORT University, Montevideo, Uruguay.
"The Book: Making and Meaning in the Medieval Manuscript" from HarvardX with professor Jeffrey F. Hamburger (Harvard University).
"Understanding Research Methods" from University of London with Dr J. Simon Rofe and Dr Yenn Lee (SOAS, University of London).


TEACHING, JURY & WORKSHOPS

• Teacher at ORT University, on the subjects: Typography and Editorial Design since 2007.
• Jury of TiposLatinos 2014 (Valparaíso), the Latin American Typography Biennale.
• Instructor at Type Camp Brazil 2012 (Campinas).
• Given more than 15 workshops about Calligraphy, Lettering and Typography.

• Co-funder of Type&Beer!, a workshop by TipoType that mixes Beer brewing and Typography.


CONFERENCES

Coming soon:
DiaTipo RS 2016 (Porto Alegre, Brazil)
Pixelations 2016 (Rosario, Argentina)

• Speaker at DiaTipo 2014 (Sao Paulo, Brazil) along Matthew Carter, Stephen Coles and other figures.
• Speaker at Bienal Poster of Bolivia 2015 (La Paz, Bolivia) along Andrew Lewis, Ryszard Kaja, Alain Le Quernec, Pekka Loiri, Erin Wright, Mehdi Saeedi, Isidro Ferrer, Diego Vainesman and many others.
• Speaker at JIDP 2015 at ValpoCrea (Valparaíso, Chile) along Dr. Alderete, Laura Varsky and many others.
• Speaker at Design e Cultura na América Latina 2012 at UNB (Brasilia, Brazil).
• Online speaker for ADG Colombia 2014 at UTADEO (Bogotá, Colombia).
• Speaker at PechaKucha 2014 (Montevideo, Uruguay).
• Speaker at Behance Portfolio Reviews 2013 (Montevideo, Uruguay).
• Among many other conferences in my home country.


PROJECTS & STARTUPS

• Co-funder partner at TipoType.com: the first type-foundry of Uruguay.
• Founding member of Sociedad Tipográfica de Montevideo (Montevideo's Tipographic Society).
• Country delegate for AtypI (Association Typographique International)
• Member of TDC (The Type Directors Club of NY).
• Member of The Printing Historical Society.
• Sargent Rank in the Estamos Unidos de Diseño, given by Felipe Covarrubia himself.
• Creator of TypeVids and co-creator of Type&Beer.
• Entrepreneurship past: co-funder of FashionAttitude.com, (graduated from Start-Up Chile in 2012).


TYPEFACES AWARDS & EXHIBITIONS

Designed the typefaces: Brother 1816, Libertad, Trasandina, Fénix, Quiroga Serif Pro and Logomotion (more soon!)

• Trasandina: obtained an Excellence Certificate at TiposLatinos 2016 as a Text typeface. Selected by MyFonts to be featured as a RisingStar in August 2015. It was also featured in HypeForType as one of the top 10 fonts of 2015, in DesignYourWay and TipografíaDigital.Net as a best selling font for designers and in CreativeBloq as the font of the day. Featured also in WeAndTheColor, Graphica.info, FontMatters, etc..

• Libertad: was selected at TiposLatinos 2016 as Display typeface. Also won the CLAP Platinum Award 2015 for the being the best display typeface. It was considered one of the best selling typefaces of 2015 by FontHaus and best typefaces of 2014 by TheNExtWeb, and YouWorkForThem; featured at iLoveTypography, BeType, FontMatters, FontHaus, etc.. It was also reviewed at TYPOBerlin 2013 by the FontFont typeboard (Spiekerman, Van Bloklan, Van der Laan, etc…).

• Fénix: was selected by Google Inc. to be a GoogleWebFont, Selected as one of the best free fonts 2014 by awwwards, and 2013 by CreativeBloq and Webdesignledger.

• Quiroga Serif Pro: was awarded at Bienal Tipos Latinos 2008 & Bienal Iberoamericana de Diseño 2010. Exposed all over the world, with a special exhibition in Uruguay Design at Helsinki, Finland 2012. Also selected as one of the best fonts of 2013 by beType and webdesignerdepot.


ACHIEVEMENTS

• Participated in the book 'Tipografía Latinoamericana' compiled by Vicente Lamónaca.
• Featured in the book YearBook of Type 2 (by Slanted publishers)
• Featured in the book 365 Typo Book.
• Featured in magazines like: Paula (Uy), Galería (Uy) Bla, Picnic! (Mx) and 'Emergentes' (Uy).
Interviewed by CanalM

• The corporative image I designed for Innosoft (Saudi Arabia) was featured by Behance Branding Served, Abduzeedo, Logozine, Wabbaly, Designspiration etc...

Finally I'm a typography book collector (specially about Edward Johnston), amateur type researcher, play drums, college swimmer & have the best cat in the world called Miel (yes, I like too many different stuff).

Thanks for stopping by!
F.

Education

Making and Meaning in the Medieval Manuscript

HarvardX

2106 – 2016

Professor: Jeffrey F. Hamburger (Harvard University)

Understanding Research Methods

University of London

2016 – 2016

with Dr J. Simon Rofe and Dr Yenn Lee (SOAS, University of London).

BA in Graphic Design

ORT University

Montevideo, Uruguay · 2006 – 2011

Graduated with honors

Clients

Google Inc (California) Front&Center (Brooklyn) 6PX (Colorado) Eduardo Bacigalupo (Sao Paulo) Innosoft & VirtualTeam (Khobar) LAC Media Group (Zürich) Nutensil (Ottawa) SocialLayer & Promotide (Ottawa) BoohStudio (Barcelona) RevistaTeen (Santiago) PuntaCarretas Shopping (Montevideo) Srta Peel (Montevideo) Luciano Supervielle (Montevideo) Montevideo Brew House (Montevideo)

Elsewhere