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Conferences on type design

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Andreas Seidel
[Type in Berlin]

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ATypI 2017

ATypI 2017 will be held in Montreal, Canada, from September 12-16, 2017. The main organizer is Alessandro Colizzi. The theme will be Atypique. Since it is my city, here is the conference blurb: Join the global typographic community in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, September 12-16, 2017. ATypI is celebrating sixty years of typographic education and camaraderie this year. As an organization founded by Charles Peignot of the famed Deberny & Peignot foundry in Paris, it's fitting that we commemorate this milestone in a grand French-speaking capital. The theme of ATypI's 2017 conference is Atypique. Montréal is known for many things: for its blend of new and old; for its bilingualism and pluralistic society. Montréal is a city of dualities: East Side and West Side, English- and French-speaking, the old city and the new, European sophistication and American casual. It's a laid-back city enjoying the benefits of a low-inequality society. It is an atypical city compared to the rest of Canada and the United States. In a broader context, Atypique means something more daring; something that doesn't quite follow convention; something a little bit rebellious and edgy. Atypique holds a mirror to history and understands tradition, but dares to be different. In typographical terms, Atypique hints at all things---products, practices, processes, people---escaping the rules or bending paradigms. Atypique evokes, to paraphrase Alan Fletcher, looking sideways at all facets of contemporary types and typography: from technology to aesthetics, from economics to politics, from Latin to the world writing systems, from hand lettering to screen legibility, and from education to the very notion of authorship.

Three tremendous keynote speakers have been lined up: Roger Black, Paula Scher, and Rod McDonald.

The identity of ATypI was expertly and daringly designed by Julien Hébert, who is based in Montreal. From the euphoric and "atypique" color palette, to the choice of a Montreal-grown typeface, Guillon (by Feedtype and Coppers and Brasses), and a series of stunning posters, this is identity design at its best.

The speakers and workshop leaders: Sahar Afshar, Shani Avni, Sofie Beier, Jordan Bell, Bruno Bernard, John D. Berry, Ann Bessemans, Aaron Bowes, Veronika Burian, Stephen Coles, Peter Constable, Matthieu Cortat, Nicole Dotin, John Downer, Nathalie Dumont, Rachel Elnar, Victor Gaultney, Tom Grace, Will Hill, Lauren Johnson, Quinn Keaveney, Joyce Ketterer, Jerome Knebusch, Gloria Kondrup, Borys Kosmynka, Indra Kupferschmid, Kevin Larson, Edwina Lee, Taekyeom Lee, Paul Luna, Jose Manuel Lopez Rocha, Bruno Maag, Simon Mager, Wei Ming, Aoife Mooney, Bill Moran, Jim Moran, Gillian Mothersill, Megan O'Connell, Sharon Oiga, Riccardo Olocco, Toshi Omagari, Santiago Orozco, Jason Pamental, Elena Papassissa, Laurence Penney, Yves Peters, Thomas Phinney, Judith Poirier, Carolyn Porter, Daniel Rhatigan, Emilie Rigaud, David Jonathan Ross, Christopher Rouleau, Jay Rutherford, Tetsuo Sakomura, Jose Scaglione, Lucas Sharp, Paul Shaw, Nick Shinn, Matt Soar, Michael Stinson, Arina Stoenescu, Sumner Stone, Andres Torresi, Sergio Trujillo, Ferdinand Ulrich, Underware, Petr van Blokland, Malou Verlomme, Guy Villa Jr., Wen Wang, Taro Yamamoto. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ATypI: Conference rates

ATypI organizes wonderful meetings---I have attended many and enjoyed great presentations. However, every year, the price tag gives me a pancreatic headache. Is there not something that can be done about it? Can we have transparency? What part of the income goes ino ATypI coffers? How much are invited speakers paid? Should they be paid at all? Can we get piecharts with income and expenses? What is the use of sponsors if fees are not reduced? Can we organize a meeting with fees around 100 dollars? [The answer is yes.] [Google] [More]  ⦿

ATypI venues

The annual ATypI meetings were held and will be held here:

  • 1957 Lausanne | 1958 Düsseldorf | 1959 Paris | 1960 Paris | 1961 Zandvoort | 1962 Verona | 1963 Vienna | 1964 Cambridge, UK | 1965 Zürich | 1966 Mainz
  • 1967 Paris | 1968 Frankfurt | 1969 Prague | 1970 Brugge | 1971 London | 1972 Barcelona | 1973 Copenhagen | 1974 Paris | 1975 Warsaw | 1976 Hamburg
  • 1977 Lausanne | 1978 Munich | 1979 Vienna | 1980 Basel | 1981 Mainz | 1982 Beaune | 1983 Berlin | 1984 London | 1985 Kiel | 1986 Basel
  • 1987 New York | 1988 Frankfurt | 1989 Paris | 1990 Oxford, UK | 1991 Parma | 1992 Budapest | 1993 Antwerp | 1994 San Francisco | 1995 Barcelona | 1996 Den Haag
  • 1997 Reading, UK | 1998 Lyon | 1999 Boston | 2000 Leipzig | 2001 Copenhagen | 2002 Rome | 2003 Vancouver | 2004 Prague | 2005 Helsinki | 2006 Lisbon
  • 2007 Brighton | 2008 St. Petersburg | 2009 Mexico City | 2010 Dublin | 2011 Reykjavik | 2012 Hong Kong | 2013 Amsterdam | 2014 Barcelona | 2015 Sao Paulo | 2016 Warsaw
  • 2017 Montreal
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Brian Maloney
[The Type Club of Toronto]

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Catalana de tipos

Barcelona-based group headed by Laura Meseguer and Eduardo Manso which organizes frequent conferences and workshops on type. [Google] [More]  ⦿


German site concerned with typography. Has a Type Calendar for German events. Contains a list of the top 100 type designer of all time. Type classification. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elsner&Flake: events schedule

Events schedule as compiled by Elsner&Flake. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eventi: Italic 2.0

Type events in Italy. Not updated since 2010. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ICTVC: International Conference on Typography & Visual Communication
[Klimis Mastoridis]

A series of conferences held biannually since 2002. The motor behind these meetings is Dr. Klimis Mastoridis, Department of Design & Multimedia, University of Nicosia, Cyprus. The last (fifth) conference took place in June 2013 in Nicosia, Cyprus. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ISType 2107

Istanbul Typography Seminars held from June 9-11 in Istanbul, and organized by Onur Yazicigil. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Klimis Mastoridis
[ICTVC: International Conference on Typography & Visual Communication]

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Rencontres Internationales de Lure

In the early 50s, Maximilien Vox, Jean Giono and Jean Garcia created a French type association that gets together each year during the last week of August in the picturesque village of Lurs-en-Provence. There is a monthly newsletter. The meetings in Lurs have become very popular. Present president: Jacques Blociszewski. By the way, a superb web page! The 2006 meeting entitled L'é'crit de l'amour was held from 20-26 August. It featured Perinne Rouillon, Rudi Meyer, Peter Bil'ak, Yves Perrousseaux, Monsieur Obertelli, Marc Kopylov, Eric Kindel, Jean-François Porchez, Fred Smeijers, Michel Melot, Claude-Laurent François, Anne et Patrick Poirier and Malte Martin. The 2007 meeting, from 19-25 August, is about universal typography. The 2008 meeting, from 25-30 August, is about money (and the typography of money). Report of the 2008 meeting by Frank Adebiaye. Historic pictures by Jean-François Porchez.

The 2012 meeting is from 19-25 August. The meeting of 2013 is from 25-31 August. The 2016 meeting takes place from 21 until 27 August.

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St. Bride Foundation: Events

Upcoming events at St. Bride Library, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Active type group in Argentina. Type calendar. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Type Club of Toronto
[Brian Maloney]

The Type Club of Toronto is headed by Brian Maloney, who is the Club's Director. The aim of the Club is to "promote typography." The Club hold events four to six time per year with with one or two presenters, usually at the Arts&Letters Club at 14 Elm Street in downtown Toronto. It was founded by Rod McDonald and Martyn Anstice. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tipografia Mexico

A web page in Mexico dedicated to workshops and conferences on typography and type design, both at the local (Mexican) and international levels. Their first meeting, on December 4 and 5, 2015 included these speakers: David Berlow, Santiago Orozco, Gustavo Belman, Cristobal Henestrosa, Eduardo Danilo, Armando Pineda, Jonathan Cuervo, Jorge George, Monica Munguia, Gen Ramirez and Leonardo Vazquez. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tipoteca Italiana

Organizer of some type design in Italy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tokyo Type Directors Club

Created in 1987 along the model of the New York Type Directors Club, and led by Katsumi Asaba. It organizes an annual type competition. Archive of the outcomes of the Tokyo TDC Annual Awards. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tomato Kosir

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TUGboat calendar of events

Calendar of events for the TeX Users Group, TUGboat. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Type An Sich

An annual exhibition organized by the design studio Catapult in Antwerp, Belgium. The first five focused on (1) Gerard Unger, (2) J.F. Porchez, (3) Fred Smeijers, (4) Pierre Di Scullio, and (5) Belgian type designers Jo de Baerdemaker, Joke Gossé and Omar Chafai. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Type Camp

Type Camp takes place in exotic or secluded places, and lets a small (<20) group of participants interact and learn from type design or typography pros, at an all-inclusive weekly cost of 2,500 US dollars, or registration costs of the order of 100 to 500 dollars. Past instructors have included Shelley Gruendler, Marian Baantjes, Tiffany Wardle, Stephen Coles, Jan Middendorp, John Hudson, Laura Worthington, Eric Scheichelbauer, Kevin Larson, Dyana Weissman, Jay Rutherford and Richard Kegler. In 2011, Type Camps were planned in Rome, California, Weimar, and India. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Type conferences: overview

Thomas Phinney gives an overview of the annual type conferences. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Type Directors Club

News from the Type Directors Club. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Type in Berlin
[Andreas Seidel]

Type activity web site in Berlin, maintained by Andreas Seidel (since 2014), and before him, by Rob Keller. It has a blog with announcements of type events, a list of active type designers, and a list of active type foundries in Berlin. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Type meetings

An ordered listing of the four main international type meetings.

  • ATypI: The most important meeting in the world today, held annually since 1957.
  • TypeCon [SOTA]: Held annually since 2000 in North America, this meeting is by its very nature more North American.
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[Tomato Kosir]

An annual or biannual type design workshop typically held in Trenta, Slovenia, under the mentorship of Tomato Kosir. The current schedule has meetings in February and August. TypeClinic is a continuation of tipoRenesansa. The 14th edition took place from 18 to 25 February 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

TypeCon 2017

TypeCon 2017 will take place on August 23-27, 2017 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, MA. The theme is The Olde and the Neue. The date is unfortunate as the East Coast will host ATypI a month later in Montreal. The ATypI venue was known almost a year before TypeCon's Boston venue, so SoTA, TypeCon's parent society, is to blame. Also, for the first time, the registration will be steeper than ATypI's. The hotel is more expensive than at ATypI in Montreal, but then again, I am biased. Finally, foreign visitors will find fewer restrictions and friendlier border guards when entering Canada.

The keynote speech will be given by Martina Flor. The list of speakers includes Peter Bella, Nancy Bernardo, Scott Boms, Nadine Chahine, Spencer Charles, Lucas Czarnecki, Carolina de Bartolo, Meaghan Dee, Petra Docekalova, John Downer, Martina Flor, Amelia Fontanel, Laura Franz, Allan Haley, Ryan Hamrick, Masataka Hattori, Franz Hoffman, Richard Kahwagi, Bruce Kennett, Joyce Ketterer, Akira Kobayashi, Yoon Soo Lee, Andrea Leksen, Briar Levit, Grendl Löfkvist, Geri McCormick, Jennifer McKnight, Tucker McLachlan, Jess Meoni, Ana Monroe, Mark Jamra, Linh O'Briant, Constanza Pacher, Jason Pamental, Hrant Papazian, Neil Patel, Yves Peters, Mary Catherine Pflug, Thomas Phinney, Jill Pichotta, Yin Qiu, Charlotte Quin, John Roshell, David Jonathan Ross, Ina Saltz, Catherine Schmidt, Lisa Schultz, Alessandro Segalini, Georg Seifert, Paul Shaw, David Shields, Radek Sidun, Elizabeth Carey Smith, Perrin Stamatis, Sumner Stone, James Walker, Douglas Wilson and Lynne Yun. [Google] [More]  ⦿

TypeCon venues

TypeCon is SOTA's conference. TypeCon Wikipedia link. TypeCon venues:

  • 1998 Westborough, MA | 2000 Westborough, MA | 2001 Rochester, NY | 2002 Toronto, ON | 2003 Minneapolis, MN | 2004 San Francisco, CA | 2005 New York, NY | 2006 Boston, MA | 2007 Seattle, WA |
  • 2008 Buffalo, NY | 2009 Atlanta, GA | 2010 Los Angeles, CA | 2011 New Orleans, LA | 2012 Milwaukee, WI | 2013 Portland, OR | 2014 Washington, DC | 2015 Denver, CO | 2016 Seattle, WA | 2017 Boston, MA
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A summer crash course program in June and July 2015, 2016 and 2017. The type design teachers in 2015 included Mathieu Réguer (Typofonderie and Longtype), Malou Verlomme, Jean François Porchez (Typofonderie), Julien Priez (type designer and letterer at FontYou) and Frank Jalleau (type designer at Imprimerie Nationale since 1988). View the typefaces made by the participants: Claudia de Almeida, Janna Barrett, Benjamin Blaess, Dave Coleman, Porter Gillespie, Kara Gordon, Rafael Jordan, Iñigo López Vázquez, Ilya Naumov, Nicolas Portnoï, Goffredo Puccetti, Andrea Rodriguez, Nisrine Sarkis, Maciek Sobczak, Julie Soudanne, Thidarat Thaiyanon.

The 2016 instructors were Jean François Porchez (Typofonderie), Mathieu Réguer, Julien Priez, Alice Savoie, Xavier Dupré, Indra Kupferschmid, Martina Flor, Peter Bilak (Typotheque), Alexandra Korolkova (ParaType) and Lucas Sharp (Sharp Type).

The teachers and critics in 2017: Jean François Porchez, Mathieu Réguer, Xavier Dupré, Julien Priez, Indra Kupferschmid, Veronika Burian and Stéphane Elbaz. [Google] [More]  ⦿

TYPO Berlin 2018

International Design Talks Conference, May 17-19, 2018, Berlin. It will be held in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Facebook link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

TYPO Labs 2017

A three-day type tech conference in Berlin on April 6, 7 and 8, 2017 on the theme of New Dimensions in Type Engineering. Speakers include Dan Rhatigan, Liron Lavi Turkenich, Adam Twardoch, Sampo Kaasila, Frank E. Blokland, Lukas Schneider, Frederik Berlaen, Erik van Blokland, Peter Constable, Rob McKaughan, Jean-Baptiste Levée, Tom Rickner, Bob Taylor, Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer, Laurence Penney, Roel Nieskens, Marianna Paszkowska, John Hudson, Amélie Bonet, Jeff Wu, Werner Lemberg, Sascha Brawer, Akiem Helmling, Bas Jacobs, Thomas Phinney, Behdad Esfahbod, Dominik Röttsches, Yuri Yarmola, Nicole Dotin, Georg Seifert, Mike Duggan, Frank E. Blokland, Jürgen Willrodt. [Google] [More]  ⦿