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Early Persian printing and typography in Europe

This presentation discusses the birth of Persian printing and typography in Europe during the late 16th and early 17th centuries, a subject has so far has eluded rigorous investigation by historians. It draws on materials of the Medici Press and Propaganda Fide Press, which have not been presented publicly before in any typographic environment. The… Continue reading Early Persian printing and typography in Europe



The French stencil letter The typical French stencil letter, product of a Didot-inflected country and made famous through its use by artists, architects, and designers, exemplifies the panache of much francophone industrial culture. The design remains available as sets of stencils made in France and as typefaces that capture its features more or less faithfully.… Continue reading Objet-type


Eye 94 [8000 One-Offs] film premiere

ATypI will present the continental European premiere of Adrian Harrison’s documentary 94 [8000 One-Offs]. This documentary short showcases the people and processes behind the making of Eye 94’s award-winning, digitally printed “variable data” cover that was published in the summer of 2017. 94 features footage of the magazine’s printing and binding at Pureprint, as well… Continue reading Eye 94 [8000 One-Offs] film premiere


Hi Hoi

HOI is the abbreviation of Higher Order Interpolation. By introducing this new perspective for font interpolation we can do things not achievable with traditional linear interpolation. HOI is a simple and “ready-to-use” solution to fully control our manually designed masters and interpolation. HOI is not only expanding the field in which fonts are designed and… Continue reading Hi Hoi


Building a new typography

Tangible and intangible heritages of typographic practice in India India’s textual and typographic heritage can be considered in four stages influenced by economic and political development: precolonial, colonial, postcolonial, and liberal. Essentially an oral and manuscript culture, it can be argued that Indian typographic and publishing practice has absorbed Western typographic norms to such an… Continue reading Building a new typography


Digital legacies

A lifetime of type design tools, formats and projects The history of outline font editors spans some 40+ years, or the total of this speaker’s life. Ikarus, Pika, Fontographer, RoboFog, Type Art, FontStudio, TypeDesigner, FontLab, RoboFab, FontMaster, RoboFont, Glyphs, FontCreator – since the inception of outline-based font creation, type designers have employed a flurry of… Continue reading Digital legacies


The missing scripts project

Unicode 11.0 (June 2018) covers exactly 146 writing systems. That’s an important milestone for worldwide communication and typography. But what about the missing scripts? How many of them are still out there? What do they look like? In the first step of the Missing Scripts Project, we developed a typographic overview of all writing systems.… Continue reading The missing scripts project


Typewriter typefaces, dig into the past for future reference

History is full of hidden stories, but few stand the test of time. The stories behind typewriter font libraries are among those that remain invisible to many. In the best of cases, type specimens and original documentation are still accessible through historical archives. Some information on the subject comes from fields not clearly linked to… Continue reading Typewriter typefaces, dig into the past for future reference


Old Beer/New Type

Join Fred Smeijers of TypeTailors and Jim Moran of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum for a typographic revival of one of the Plantin Moretus’ oldest posters, promoting – what else? – beer. The print, dating from the 17th century, represents one of the oldest posters in the museum’s collection. Using a series of… Continue reading Old Beer/New Type


The success of Jenson’s roman type

Ricado Olocco presents his research on Nicolas Jenson’s roman type (Venice, 1470), introducing the procedures adopted in his research, based on photographic enlargements and on detailed analysis of printed type. This presentation will explore Jenson’s roman and its high design quality, both in the choice of letterforms and in their execution. This is easy to… Continue reading The success of Jenson’s roman type