Carolyn Puzzovio

GRANSHAN Jury 2019: Script expert for Armenian Scripts

Carolyn Puzzovio is a graphic designer whose abiding interest has been lettering and type design. She spent thirty-eight years working in graphic design education, mainly at the Universities of Lincoln and Northampton, UK and also ran a graphic design consultancy for many years.  

In the late 1990s Carolyn’s interest in lettering evolved into a fascination for the Armenian ‘aybuben' whilst studying for an MA in typography. She has given talks on the Armenian alphabet at international conferences/events – and held a one-woman exhibition of design work at the Armenian National Gallery, Yerevan, in 2005. She has made a number of visits to Armenia since, to take part in various type-related activities. Carolyn’s articles on the subject of the Armenian alphabet and type design are published in the 2009/10 issues of Baseline: nos. 57 & 58.

In 2007–8, Carolyn developed her OpenType revival typeface: Lagoon. This project was supported by a grant from the AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council, UK) and won a first prize in GRANSHAN 2008. In 2012, Carolyn was awarded a Gold Medal by the Minister of Culture of RA, Mrs. Hasmik Poghosyan, ‘for significant input on the creation, preservation and development of typefaces’. Carolyn is also interested in other alphabets – she spoke about the Georgian alphabet and its development at the GRANSHAN 2017 conference.

Currently she is revisiting the dying art of hand-drawn and painted lettering using lettering brushes and coach paint – she finds it a welcome change from digital media – but there's no 'cmd Z'!

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