Design is as much about communication and language as aesthetics. For this reason the jury is chosen for its diversity of professional expertise within the design industry, with a mix of viewpoints to provoke critical debate about the work.

The judges for the 2014 ISTD International Typographic Awards are:


Veronica Ditting Veronica Ditting
Veronica Ditting originates from Buenos Aires, Argentina, grew up in Germany and runs her own design studio from London and Amsterdam. She graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2005. Veronica has worked for a wide range of clients within the fields of art and fashion on projects that often require her editorial input or the collaborative creation of content. Recent projects include designing and editing the book Multiple Densities for the artist Katja Mater and the visual identity (print only) of Frenesy, a fashion film company by Luca Guadagnino. Veronica is the art director of The Gentlewoman and COS magazine. She was art director of Fantastic Man until 2013. Veronica lectures and holds workshops at art and design schools such as the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, écal (École cantonale d’art de Lausanne), the Willem de Kooning Academy and Bauhaus Universität Weimar.

Portrait by Kasia Bobula for Whistles.


Catherine Dixon Central Saint Martins
Catherine Dixon is a designer, writer and teacher. As a designer she works mostly with text-based projects, including covers for the award-winning Great Ideas series for Penguin Books. As a writer she has a particular interest in type design and the forms of letters more generally, contributing to the website <publiclettering.org.uk> and co-authoring with Phil Baines the book 'Signs: lettering in the environment'. She also writes for Eye magazine, Codex, Imprint and Random Spectacular and is a regular speaker at international conferences, as well as an organizer herself of design-related events. She is a Senior Lecturer and researcher at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London where she teaches typography on the BA(Hons) Graphic Design course. In 2011 she was a Visiting Professor at the University of São Paulo in Brazil.


Liz Farrelly University of Brighton
Liz Farrelly writes for design magazines including: Eye, Blueprint, Crafts, V&A Magazine and is editor-at-large for Étapes and Varoom. She's worked as a commissioning editor for visual book publishers, and written over 30 books too. Liz is a lecturer at University of Brighton, teaching Critical and Cultural Studies to Graphic Design and Illustration students, and, as an AHRC-funded PhD candidate, is researching contemporary design in museums, in a collaborative project between University of Brighton and London's Design Museum.


Zak Kyes Zak Group
Zak Kyes is a London-based graphic designer and art director. He founded Zak Group in 2005, and since 2006 has been the Art Director of the Architectural Association (AA), London, where, in 2008, he cofounded the publishing imprint Bedford Press. In 2010, he received the Inform Award for Conceptual Design from the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, initiating the traveling exhibition Zak Kyes Working With… (2011–13).

Picture credit: ©BrothertonLock


Wladimir Marnich Marnich
Wladimir Marnich was born in Chile, and studied graphic design in Melbourne, Australia. He moved to Europe in 1995 and collaborated with Fernando Gutiérrez in El País’ weekly supplement Tentaciones. After working with Future Brand in London for 3 years, he moved to Barcelona in 1999 to join branding specialist Summa as Design Director. He started his own company, Marnich Associates, 5 years later. He has been a guest lecturer at the Elisava Design School, Barcelona and the Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy.


Jim Northover Jim Northover
Jim Northover is a brand strategist, writer and business consultant. He studied design and typography in London in the 1960s and holds an MA in design writing criticism from the University of the Arts London. He co-founded and led design consultancy Lloyd Northover for many years, working for clients in the UK and across the world mainly on identity, branding and signing programmes. Now an independent consultant to client companies and designers, Jim is also chairman of branding agency Industry Partners.


Caroline Roberts Grafik
Based in South London, Caroline is currently dividing her time between editing, writing and education. She has been editor of Grafik since 2001, has contributed to numerous design publications and has recently finished writing Graphic Design Visionaries for Laurence King Publishing. Caroline has a longstanding association with ISTD, which stems from her time at Studio 12, Archer Street.


Lucienne Roberts LucienneRoberts+
Lucienne Roberts graduated from Central Saint Martins in 1986 with a utopian zeal that has never left her. The work of her studio LucienneRoberts+ spans exhibition design, books and corporate identity. Lucienne writes, lectures and publishes on her subject and is co-founder with Rebecca Wright of GraphicDesign&; a pioneering publishing house dedicated to creating intelligent, vivid books that explore how graphic design connects with all other things and the value that it brings. She has been an external examiner at the University of Reading and currently at the University of Lincoln. She was selected for membership of the Alliance Graphique Internationale in 2013.