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ATypI 2017 Montréal: Atypique

ATypI’s sixtieth-anniversary celebration in Montréal was amazing! September 12–16, 2017, we spent five inspiring days and nights with our community of type makers and type users from around the world.

ATypI—dubbed Association Typographique Internationale at its founding—was established in 1957 by Charles Peignot of France’s renowned Deberny & Peignot foundry. It was fitting then, that for such a major milestone, we headed to a grand location infused with French culture.

The largest city in Quebec and second-largest municipality in Canada, Montréal is also the world’s second-largest primarily French-speaking city (Paris is first, naturellement). Montréal is a UNESCO “City of Design” and home to the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda). The thriving commercial and tourism hub weathers some frosty winters, but residents and visitors alike delight at the RÉSO Underground City (La Ville Souterraine), a massive subterranean network linking the Metro with thousands of shops, restaurants, theatres, universities, cultural centers. 

ATypI 2017 opened Tuesday, September 12, with a series of immersive craft and technical workshops, followed by the general session, exhibitions, tours, and special events Wednesday through Saturday, September 13–16. The Montréal program was curated in collaboration with experts representing a range of typographic fields. Attendees explored a wide variety of contemporary and historical topics with speakers and workshop leaders from around the globe.

The main conference was presented at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in downtown Montréal, with fabulous workshop and special event venues hosting our attendees throughout the week.

ATypI 2017 was a seriously memorable conference! To get a taste of this and other ATypI events, check out our video archive on YouTube.

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