Galea typeface specimen by Isabel Urbina Peña

Isabel Urbina Peña is one of those graphic designers who seems to be good at a little bit of everything: she’s worked with a variety of illustrious clients from American Museum of Natural History to fashion brand 3.1 Phillip Lim; her type design and digitizing work as an alum of the Cooper Union’s Cooper Type Extended program is beautiful; and when not design book covers at Random House, she’s making hand-lettered zines.

Despite the breadth of these overlapping endeavors, Isabel—who first studied design at ProDiseño in Caracas, Venezuela—displays a high attention to detail and craft in everything she does:

Galea typeface specimen by Isabel Urbina Peña

Galea typeface specimen by Isabel Urbina Peña

Book cover design by Isabel Urbina Peña

Book cover design by Isabel Urbina Peña

Book cover design by Isabel Urbina Peña

If this book cover for All Our Names looks familiar, it’s because it was designated one of The New York Times Best Book Covers of 2014.

Digitization of the Laureate typeface originally cut by the Keystone Type Foundry in Philadelphia, PA, in the early 1900s

Digitization of the Laureate typeface originally cut by the Keystone Type Foundry in Philadelphia, PA, in the early 1900s

Laureate typeface digitization by Isabel Urbina Peña

Laureate typeface digitization by Isabel Urbina Peña

Book cover design by Isabel Urbina Peña

I have a lot of appreciation for designers who take the time to “stage” their print work for photographing. The effect is that their portfolios feel so much more special than if they simply uploaded the easiest image to obtain (in this case, digital versions of the book covers).

Book cover design by Isabel Urbina Peña

Book cover design by Isabel Urbina Peña

“Special editions” hand-lettered type by Isabel Urbina Peña

If you enjoy Isabel’s designs, check out more of her work on her portfolio, or commission some custom type from her foundry, Letra Type. As for me, I hope to see more great typefaces!