Beth Fileti

I am a senior designer at Second Melody, a branding agency in Morristown, NJ. While I work in a variety of areas of design, I specialize in typeface design and lettering. I believe in embracing the constraints of a functioning alphabet; to create strong paragraphs, cohesive systems and beautiful words. Talking with other designers and agencies helps me spark joy, so reach out and say hello. I am currently on the board of directors for the United Design Guild.

Other Interests

When I'm not reading about, thinking about or working with type, I love to read short stories and fiction. I'm also a reliable penpal, if anyone's interested.

Polite Type is housed in a small studio in Caldwell, NJ, about 40% of which is books.

✨ Cool Links ✨

A collection of things that I like/recommend on the internet.

Letterform Archive
http://oa.letterformarchive.org/

Play with their search. Great resource for design research.

Second Melody
https://secondmelody.com/

The world's greatest bagel-adjacent agency.

Type@Cooper
http://coopertype.org/

Type design program, with frequent workshops and lectures. Check out their lectures on vimeo.

Maurice Sendak
https://www.npr.org/2011/12/29/144077273/maurice-sendak-on-life-death-and-childrens-lit

I listen to this interview at least once-a-year.

Get Stark Mailing List
https://www.getstark.co/index.html

Every designer should go to this URL, scroll down to "A Stark Difference in Design" and sign up for their mailing list. It's one of the mailing list emails that actually has amazing content every single time. Highly recommend.

Life Magazine Archives
https://books.google.com/books/about/LIFE.html?id=N0EEAAAAMBAJ

Archives of Life Magazine. Fun to click through.

Other Busy People

Remember when websites always had a page that linked to other websites. Before search engines, when you either had to know something was a website or get linked to it from another page. Here are some friends of Polite Type that are worth the trip down the rabbit hole.