Peiran Tan is a product and graphic designer based in San Francisco, currently at Notion. He‘s interested in systems that mass-produce beautiful and egalitarian artifacts.

Peiran writes about typography and design history with a focus on 20th century modernism. He’s an editor at The Type, an independent design media platform in China, and contributed to some of its award-winning publications.

Peiran likes hiking, kayaking, go-karting, and making coffee. He lives with his girlfriend and Slippy, a tabby cat (see a picture).



Designer, web presence 2021–


Product designer, partnerships 2020–21

Dubberly Design Office

Interaction design intern 2018


Visual communication design intern 2017

Work & Co.

Design intern 2016


Automating typographic finesse on the web with variable fonts

TypeCon, Typographics TypeLab 2023.8, 2023.6

Romanée & ways to look at revival fonts

Latin type design program, 3type 2023.7

Urban Public Type in China

Graphic design department, CCA 2022.2


Starting from type: how design changed life and society

Guangxi Normal University Press 2023


The Type 2018–22, iss. 1–50 Selected in Tokyo TDC Annual Awards, 2021

T 2020

The Type 2020

Collection of Research on Chinese Typography

The Type 2020


Georgia Institute of Technology

MSc. Human-computer interaction 2018–20

University of Washington

B.Design Visual communication design 2013–17