I’m a creative director specialising in the design of brand typefaces for international clients.
I graduated from the MA Typeface Design program at the
University of Reading (UK) and hold a diploma in Communication Design from Hochschule Niederrhein (DE).
After completing the MA in 2011 I joined Dalton Maag, a London-based type foundry, where I worked initially as a type designer and later focused on the technical aspects as Head of the Skills & Process department, responsible for training and development and the improvement of font development processes.
In 2018 I was appointed Creative Director, and am now responsible for ensuring the company remains at the forefront of typographic innovation. I’ve directed the design of brand typefaces and complex type systems for international clients such as Amazon, AT+T, BBC, FedEx, Indeed, Jacobs Engineering Group, and Goldman Sachs, and oversaw the design and refinement of countless wordmarks and font modifications.
I frequently speak at international design, technology and
UX conferences. I’m a member of the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI), the Unicode Consortium, and the working group that is concerned with the specification of OpenType Font Variations (better known as variable fonts).
As an active member of Alphabettes, a network to support and promote the work of women in the type industry, I founded a mentorship program with the aim to help students and professional newcomers immerse themselves in the industry.
Email at hello[at]bberning[dot]com.
- Will Color Fonts unlock a new level of expression for web typography? • March 2021
- Representing Alphabets • September 2020
- Variable fonts’ past, present and future • February 2020
- Enhancing the On-Screen Reading Experience With Variable Fonts • January 2019
- Reading On Screen • April 2018
- Typographic Potential of Variable Fonts • June 2017
- Emoji Ambivalence • January 2017
- Language as Design Criteria? Introduction • April 2016
- Language as Design Criteria? German Language • April 2016
- Language as Design Criteria? Slavic Languages • May 2016
beyond tellerrand, Düsseldorf • November 2021
How can type influence how we design written communication?
ECAL Research Day 2019, Lausanne • November 2019
The Potential of Variable Fonts
nordic.design, Stockholm • September 2018
Ampersand, Brighton • June 2018
Software-agnostic Font Development
Robothon, Den Haag • March 2018
The myths and merits of job titles
ATypI, Montréal • September 2017
- What The Government Doesn’t Want You to Know About Variable Fonts
ISType, Istanbul • June 2017