Conference ATypI Antwerp 2018
ATypI Antwerp 2018
You’re invited to a celebration of all things typographic! Join us 11–15 September in Antwerp for ATypI 2018, the sixty-second annual conference of the non-profit Association Typographique Internationale. Five type-filled days and nights in this historic city will engage, entertain, and inspire you.
ATypI 2018 Antwerp
ATypI 2018 kicks off Tuesday, September 11, with a series of immersive craft and technical workshops, followed by the Forums/General Session and numerous special events from Wednesday to Saturday, September 12–15. The ATypI 2018 programme will be carefully curated by a diverse group of experts from a range of typographic fields, inviting attendees to explore a wide range of contemporary and historical topics from around the globe. The main conference will be presented at Antwerp’s historic Arenberg theatre, with workshop and special events held at a variety of venues around the city.
ATypI 2018 promises to be our biggest and brightest conference ever. If you love type, this is an event you won’t want to miss.
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Closing keynote: Passing on the cutting of typographic punches
Nelly Gable and Annie Bocel will introduce the Atelier for the Arts of the Book of the Imprimerie Nationale, its savoir-faire, and its collection of punches (the seven exclusive typefaces and the oriental punches). They will explain in detail the cutting of typographic punches, the striking of matrices, and, briefly, the casting work of Philippe… Continue reading Closing keynote: Passing on the cutting of typographic punches
Telefont – the rise and fall of a typeface
The 1994 design of the Dutch telephone book can partly be seen as a reaction to the iconic 1977 phonebook designed by the modernist Wim Crouwel with Jolijn van der Wouw. Crouwel’s late-modernist design, featuring the typeface Univers in lowercase-only text, had been christened “The New Ugly” by Dutch writers. In the following years, the… Continue reading Telefont – the rise and fall of a typeface
A multi-script type system for Africa
With around 2000 languages, Africa has a tradition of diverse writing systems, some of which have been around for centuries. Others were invented in recent times and have either grown popular or slowly fallen out of use. And then of course there’s the Latin-based International Phonetic Alphabet, which is used with the African Reference Alphabet… Continue reading A multi-script type system for Africa
Introducing the first variable font – from 1793
In the late 18th century, C. G. Roßberg, a German clerk, worked on a stunning project: he envisioned a system of scripts which would harmonize together. Following the Renaissance approach, where science and art were intermingled, his aim was to encapsulate the beauty of letters in a mathematical system.
Making some sans
Titus Nemeth will discuss considerations in the design of low-contrast Arabic typefaces. Established genres of Western typographic culture do not always map neatly to other writing systems. Arabic, with its relatively short typographic history, is frequently expected to borrow from concepts and styles from the Latin world. Globalized branding and multilingual communication tend to base… Continue reading Making some sans
Truthiness and information graphics
Readers are more likely to believe the content of text when the layout and text quality is easy to understand. For example, the statement “Osorno is a city in Chile” is more likely to be rated true if it’s written in black text on a white background than if it’s written in lower contrast gray… Continue reading Truthiness and information graphics
Confessions of a variator
The last 25 years have created what I think of as the fog of modern typography. Now the combination of existing technologies, and new Technologies are spreading a whole new level of quality, functionality and performance over the foggy old system. While not directly breaking from the old, the new technologies allow us to clear… Continue reading Confessions of a variator
Aspects of Italian type history: Bodoni to Nebiolo, Novarese and Butti, and Simoncini
A three-part strand of presentations on Italian type design and manufacturing “The lost hundred years of Italian type. From the death of Bodoni till the rise of Nebiolo”: Nebiolo, Bodoni, history, Italian type, decorative type, 1800, printing types, research, unpublished, wood type, type foundries. In the span of roughly a century, the typographic practice in… Continue reading Aspects of Italian type history: Bodoni to Nebiolo, Novarese and Butti, and Simoncini
How a Frenchman unknowingly became Germany’s first type designer
German design historians define 19th-century designers as artists who created drawings determining new products’ appearances, but were not involved in their production. They may not have even understood the process behind those products’ manufacture. By this definition, Jean Midolle may be Germany’s first type designer, although he was almost certainly unaware that that Eduard Haenel’s… Continue reading How a Frenchman unknowingly became Germany’s first type designer
The relationship between stroke weight and letter width
What is the ideal balance between stroke weight and letter width when designing for maximum letter legibility? With variable fonts, such a question is more relevant than ever before. Could it be that there is an optimal stroke weight independent of point size? Is it essential to maximize the size of the counters when adding… Continue reading The relationship between stroke weight and letter width