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Petra Černe Oven

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  • Medium Academic
  • Country Slovenia

Petra Černe Oven is a designer, professor, theoretician and author with a special interest in typography, information design and visual communications design. She graduated from the Department of Design of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana. In 2004, she received her doctoral degree from the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication at the University of Reading (UK).

Černe Oven was the curator of the exhibition, and editor of the book, Edward Wright: Readings, Writings (2007). In 2011, she edited the monograph Miljenko Licul to accompany a retrospective exhibition of the work of this graphic designer at the National Gallery of Slovenia. She won the contest for designing the visual identity for the UNESCO event Ljubljana – World Book Capital 2010. She won several awards for the best-designed Slovenian book (2011, 2017, 2018) and several Slovene Designer’s Association awards.

Since 2010, Černe Oven has teamed up with her colleague, Barbara Predan, to edit the collection entitled 42, which publishes books on the subject of design. Up until now, 16 books have been published in the series. The books are always part of larger projects, seminars, workshops, and exhibitions. Černe Oven has also published professional and scholarly articles in Eye, Typography Papers, Baseline, 2+3D, Emzin, Typomag, Hyphen, Oris, Ampak, and other magazines and journals. 

Černe Oven is the Slovenian representative of the typography organization AtypI, a founder and member of the board of the Brumen Foundation, and head of the section for information design of the Pekinpah Association. She regularly lectures at symposia and academic conferences at home and abroad. She teaches a course in the development and theory of design at the Department of Visual Communication Design at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana and serves as a Vice-Dean for International Cooperation.

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