Dr Petra Černe Oven is a designer, researcher and lecturer in the areas of visual communications, typography, information design and, in broader terms, the theory and history of design.
As a freelance designer she worked for different clients in the field of culture and education, and received, for her work, among other awards (DOS, BVSS), also one of the most prestigious ones, Type Directors Club Award from New York. In 2008 she won the tender for creating the visual identity for the event “Ljubljana – World Book Capital 2010”. In 2011, she won the Most Beautiful Slovenian Book Award for the literary debut of Saša Pavček called Clad me with a Kiss.
Her professional and scientific texts have been published in magazines Eye, Typography Papers, baseline, 2+3D, Typomag, Hyphen and others. In 1999 she finished her Master’s degree and in 2004, her doctoral degree at the renowned Department of Typography and Graphic Communication at the University of Reading (Great Britain), where she later worked, together with Paul Stiff, as a post-doc research fellow on the research project The optimism of modernity. As part of the project, she was also the curator of an exhibition and the editor of the book ‘Edward Wright: readings, writings’ (2007).
She is the Slovenian representative of the typography organisation ATypI, a founding member of the Brumen Foundation and a member of the Pekinpah Association. She is active on the professional boards of Tiporenesansa (Festival of Letters), ICTVC (International Conference on Typography and Visual Communication) and the Brazilian conference CIDI (Information Design International Conference).
In 2009 she designed the concept for a cycle of lectures of international experts called Information Design 2009/2010 (organised by MAO and Pekinpah). Together with Barbara Predan, she was a co-author of the exhibition “Service and Information Design: Examples of Good Practice”, for which the publication Service and Information Design was also issued (Pekinpah, 2010). In 2011, for the “Miljenko Licul” project, organised as a retrospective exhibition, she edited a comprehensive publication, covering the entire work of this important Slovenian designer. In 2012, together with Barbara Predan, she initiated and prepared the project Designing an Agenda or How to Avoid Solving Fake Problems (2013) in the area of service and information design for transport and health care, which resulted, by means of workshops in different countries, an international symposium and a publication of the same name, in numerous pilot projects coproduced by the Pekinpah Association and RRALUR.
At the Department for Visual Communication Design of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, she teaches Development and Theory of Design and she is one of the initiators and organisers of ALUO Design Talks. In 2015, she co-founded, together with dr. Barbara Predan and Jure Miklavec, the Institute of Design.