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.

"Helping people learn at Type Camp encompasses 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.


Both whodunnit pulpy murder mysteries and dusty books on type, printing, and book design all 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.


Clocks. Impressive and they've been around for ages and ages.


Loving my new peppermint plant. I want to fill my house with them!


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 (meaning that I love meeting people and will immediately consider them a friend).

when not at type camp

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