Shani Avni

Script Chair

Shani Avni is the Ismar David Assistant Curator in RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection. She designs, researches, teaches, consults, writes and lectures on Hebrew type design and typography. Shani holds a BA in Graphic Design from Shenkar College, Israel, and an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading, UK. For her MA thesis she researched The David Hebrew typeface family and, since receiving her degree, continues to do so. In 2017, she was chosen for The Cary Research Fellowship, where David's work is archived. Since 2020 she has been the Ismar David Assistant Curator. Her work includes facilitating the access, arrangement, description, preservation and enhancement of the Ismar David papers, as well as processing and researching the printing realia collection of historic Hebrew and Yiddish woodtype. In addition to her focus on Hebrew typography, she holds various classes on the history and practice of Latin typography and type design using the Cary Collection's unique holdings.


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