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Sanguinette Makes Mark on World of Type

Tyler Sanguinette looks at fonts differently than most people.

Instead of just seeing letters, he sees spacing (kerning) and contrast (weight) along with other fine details most casual word-processor users never think about.

Sanguinette, a senior majoring in fine arts with an emphasis in graphic design at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, hopes to make typography and hand-lettering his specialty, and he’s already creating an impact in his field. After doing an internship with one of the country’s leading typographers, he’s also organized a workshop with one of the top individuals in the field. Last month, his senior thesis presentation also received international attention.

Typography allows for both precision and creativity, Sanguinette said. Though the work is highly detailed, it also has limitless outcomes.

“Type designers make typographic systems known as type faces graphic designers. It’s more specialized than graphic design in general,” Sanguinette said. “The type faces can be used on packaging, for logos, or anything like that.”