Shelley Gruendler

Type Camp Founder

Shelley Gruendler, founder of Type Camp, is a typographer, designer, and educator who teaches, lectures, and publishes internationally on typography and design. She holds a PhD and an MA in The History and Theory of Typography and Graphic Communication from the University of Reading, England and a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Graphic Design from North Carolina State University, United States. Shelley has presented at TypoBerlin, ATypI, TypeCon, How, AdobeMAX, and TEDX; has published articles in Communication Arts, How, Slanted, and Step; and has judged international typography for Communication Arts, visual communication for Core77, and book design for the Alcuin Society. Both Shelley and Beatrice Warde are extremely proud to be members of the Alphabettes.

"Teaching at Type Camp is all the wonderful things about education without any of the rubbish, like irrelevant grades, stuffy classrooms, and uninterested classmates. It's a true learning and sharing environment. All of us become a team with the common goal of learning more together. I'm always impressed with the results."


Bread and Butter pickles. Preferably deep fried.


Whodunnit pulpy murder mysteries from the 1930's.


Ice-cold Coca-Cola in a 6 1/2 ounce bottle is perfection.


Anything that passes the Bechdel Test plus a strong female lead.


Always Southern India. Always.


I collect all kinds of cool things (really!), but if you call me a hoarder, I will totally punch you in the face.


Currently learning how to knit. How did anyone invent that? Utterly brilliant.


I adore growing things and long for a garden of my own. I can't raise a vegetable to save my life, but I'm pretty good with flowers.


Not while I'm writing. Shhh!

blog and anything involving cat videos. (Yes, I'm one of those people.)


Wombats are a close second.


I've never met a stranger.

when not at type camp

About to take a nap, in the middle of a nap, or waking up from a nap.