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About ATypI

The Association Typographique Internationale is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is democratically run by a board of directors elected by the ATypI membership.

Who are the members of ATypI?

Anyone who calls the type world home. Many of our members are household names—if your household knows a serif from a broadsword. Just as many are beginning their journey in work and studies. Type lovers at every level are here, and all are most welcome.

Who owns ATypI?

Its members. ATypI is a volunteer-driven organization which is democratically run by an elected board of directors. Please review the bylaws that govern ATypI, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization—a public charity—incorporated in the State of California, United States.

Where is ATypI?

Everywhere! We have members all over the world, with board members and country and community delegates located everywhere from Sri Lanka to Sweden. Administration is based in the USA, and the current ATypI board president is in Australia by way of Brazil. The official language of ATypI is English.

What does ATypI do?

ATypI provides a place, whether physically or virtually, for the type community to meet and act together. We appreciate the present and look to the future while preserving the diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of type and typography from around the world. We also:

  • Promote contemporary digital fonts and those who create them
  • Support and encourage innovation in font technology
  • Support and promote typographical education programs internationally
  • Encourage outstanding typography and typographic design
  • Present conferences, workshops, seminars, and other educational events
  • Create exhibitions, produce publications, and collaborate on projects around the world

Periodically, about every four to six years, we award the Prix Charles Peignot for Excellence in Type Design to a person under the age of thirty-five who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of type design.

Who can become a member?

Anyone who loves typography!

Designers of many things, users of anything. Type designers and creative directors. Product managers and programmers. Calligraphers, sign painters, stonecutters, and graffiti artistes. Letterpress printers and printing historians. Makers and users, creators and consumers. Students, educators, professionals, and total newbies. And, of course, the curious!

Type is all around. It’s in our streets and on our sneakers. It’s on eye charts and shopping carts. It‘s in the books on our shelves and the apps on our devices. It talks big at the movies and chills when we’re streaming.

Type is everywhere, and we are its people.

Is membership for individuals or organizations?

Both. Individual memberships are currently available at several levels. We will be adding organizational memberships for companies large and small, educational institutions and programs, and other such entities soon!