Elena Papassissa is particularly interested in promoting the Armenian script culture and heritage, and as a type designer, she has specialist expertise in Armenian script. She works as a senior type design, typographer, type consultant, and lecturer. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communication and an MA in Communication and Design for Publishing from the ISIA Urbino, and an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading. She was awarded her PhD in Typography and Graphic Communication from the University of Reading in 2020.
Since 2013 she has been running her own practice: She has been collaborating with international type foundries and type designers, and graphic design studios in London. Notable clients and collaborations include Monotype, Dalton Maag, Google, Tiro Typeworks, Jeffery Keedy, Fraser Muggeridge studio, and Polimekanos. In 2014–2015 she worked as a consultant at the Monotype archives in Salfords.
Elena is a part-time member of staff of the Department of Technology and Environment at Oxford Brookes University (UK) where she is a Lecturer in Graphic Design, and an Associate Lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts (UAL).