Matthias Pauwels
Type & Graphic Design

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If you are near Bern (Switzerland), let me know. This is where I am based.


2018 – 2021
Certificate Program: Teacher of the higher technical schools
Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training

2015 – 2016
Master in Typeface Design, Graduation with Distinction
University of Reading (UK)

2010 – 2011
Post-graduate degree in Type Design Certificate of Advanced Studies
Zurich University of the Arts (Switzerland)

Swiss Federal Certification for Typographic Designer

2006 – 2008
Post-graduate program for Typographic Design
Basel School of Design (Switzerland)

Typography workshop with Wolfgang Weingart
Basel School of Design (Switzerland)

2000 – 2004
Apprenticeship as a typographer
School of Design Aarau (Switzerland)

Professional experience

2021 – today
Type and Graphic Designer
Matthias Pauwels Schrift & Grafik, Bern

2017 – 2021
Designer and Partner
skop Gestaltung und Konzept GmbH, Bern

2014 – 2015
Graphic Designer
skop Gestaltung und Konzept GmbH, Bern

2013 – 2014
Graphic Designer
fugu GmbH, Bern

Two-month internship as Type Designer
Dalton Maag, London

2009 – 2012
Typographic Designer
Continue AG, Basel

2008 – 2009
Freelance Designer
Tangram Partner, Basel

Typographic Designer
whiteRoom, Basel

2006 – 2008
ROS Offset-Service AG, Solothurn

2004 – 2006
Pre-press manager
ROS Offset-Service AG, Solothurn

Teaching and talking

2022 – today
Co-Leader HF Visuelle Gestaltung
Basel School of Design (Switzerland)

2017 – today
Basel School of Design (Switzerland)

Fachklasse für Grafik, Schule für Gestaltung Basel

HF Interaction Design, Ecole des Arts Visuels Bern et Bienne
90% of Design

Typografische Gesellschaft München
Amikal – eine Schrift fordert die Norm heraus

Bern University of the Arts
Amikal – eine Schrift fordert die Norm heraus

Department of typography, University of Reading (UK)
Amikal – a typeface challenging norms

2013 – 2015
Several lectures and classes in Typeface Design taught at the Basel School of Design and the Ecole des Arts Visuels Bern et Bienne


Granshan – International Type Design Competition for non-Latin typefaces
Special Mention for my typeface Amikal

Trafina award
First prize and scholarship from Trafina bank for the best diploma thesis upon graduation

︎ More about my corporate design work.
︎ More about my type design class at the school of design basel.