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  • Fabrikmestervej 6

    1437 København K

    Denmark

20092021
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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

Education
2005 – 2009 (June)
Practice based doctorate, PhD, the Royal College of Art, London
Subject: 'Typeface Legibility: towards defining familiarity'
Funded by grants from ‘Microsoft Advanced Reading Technologies’ and the ‘Rootstein Hopkins Foundation’

1995 – 2000
Visual Communication at The Danish Design School, graduated June 2000


Work

September 2017 – now
Head of Centre for Visibility Design at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

January 2014 – now
Associate professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design

October 2009 – December 2013
Lecturer and Research Assistant Professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design

October 2012 – April 2013 
Visiting researcher at the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading, UK.

August 2008 – September 2009
Part time lecturer at The Danish Design School

2000 – 2005
Graphic designer at the Danish design studio Gul Stue

 

Published typefaces
2017-2018 All typeface families are re-released by The Northern Block
2015: KarloSerif, KarloSans, KarloOpen, published at Gestalten
2012: Ovink, published at Gestalten
2010: EngelNewSans and EngelNewSerif, published at Gestalten
2010: Spencer and Pyke, published at T26
2005: Pemba and Engel, published at Gestalten 

 

 

Research areas

Few people notice when reading a font of high legibility, but many notice when the opposite is the case. Small changes in letter shapes can extend the maximum reading distances of traffic signs, improve the visibility of text on medicine packaging, and enhance the reading experience on computer monitors.

Many type designers, and many perception psychology researchers, have shown interest in typeface legibility. Unfortunately, relatively few of these have made use of the knowledge provided by the other field. In my work I aim at uniting the two approaches. 

Research area

  • Graphic design and visuel media
  • type design
  • typography
  • visual communication

Projects 2017 2021

Research Output 2009 2019

Can we improve the perception of crowded digits with a new font using vertical shifts?

Beier, S. & Bernard, J-B., 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference abstract for conferenceResearchpeer-review

File

Smaller visual angles show greater benefit of letter boldness than larger visual angles

Beier, S. & Oderkerk, C., Aug 2019, In : Acta Psychologica. 199, p. 1 8 p., 102904.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

활자 기술: 라틴 활자 디자인을 위한 실천 지침

Translated title of the contribution: Type Tricks: Your personal guide to type design (translated into Korean)Beier, S., 2019, Sydkorea: Ahn Graphics. 220 p.

Research output: Book / Anthology / Thesis / ReportBookCommunication

Numeral legibility and visual complexity

Beier, S., Bernard, J-B. & Castet, E., Jun 2018, p. 1841-1854. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File

The relationship between stroke weight and letter width

Beier, S., 15 Sep 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference abstract for conferenceResearchpeer-review

Prizes

Creative Circle

Sofie Beier (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prizes

Danish Arts Foundation

Sofie Beier (Recipient), May 2016

Prize: Prizes

Danish Arts Foundation, Project Funding

Sofie Beier (Recipient), May 2016

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Activities 2009 2016

  • 8 Lecture and oral contribution
  • 4 Organisation and participation in conference
  • 1 Peer review of manuscripts

Skriftstøberen John Baskerville’s designproces

Sofie Beier (Lecturer)
26 Aug 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

typ.dk//05: Per Mollerup

Sofie Beier (Organizer)
15 Dec 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conference

The Typeface Character

Sofie Beier (Lecturer)
2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

Typeface functionality

Sofie Beier (Lecturer)
2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

typ.dk//02

Sofie Beier (Lecturer)
13 Jun 2013

Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

Press / Media

The Designer Behind The Typeface: An Interview With Sofie Beier’

Sofie Beier

01/03/2018

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

AK 24syv

Sofie Beier

09/03/2016

1 Media contribution

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Portfolio presentation Sofie Beier (in Hebrew)

Sofie Beier

17/08/2015

1 Media contribution

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P1 Eftermiddag

Sofie Beier

12/05/2015

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media