Juan Villanueva is a typeface designer, letterer, and educator in New York City.
He grew up in Lima, Peru and Clifton, NJ. His heart is in both places and his work reflects both languages and cultures. Juan is a typeface designer at Monotype working on library designs including Helvetica Now, Futura Now, and Walbaum as well as custom projects for global brands such as Google, Microsoft, Tencent, and Entertainment One.
He teaches Display Type Design at Type@Cooper, typography at the City College of New York and has taught graphic design at the Cooper Union Summer Art Intensive Program. He’s a member of AIGA NY and serves on the board of the Society of Scribes and served on the board of Type Directors Club. He is the founder of Type Crit Crew, an initiative to make type design education more accessible and inclusive to students anywhere in the world.
He holds a BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration & Animation from Montclair State University and graduated from the Type@Cooper Extended program. He is always taking workshops to improve his skills and most recently, he studied at the University of Reading’s Type Design Intensive focusing on non-Latin scripts and typography.