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ATypI All Over 2020 Program

Tuesday, 27 October 20

09:00–12:00

Ranjana Script Calligraphy

Ranjana script is one of the most beautiful calligraphy scripts in the world. It is also known as Lantsa. It is not only the script of the indigenous group Newars, but duly important to all Nepalese as well. Ranjana script was used to write Sanskrit, Nepalbhasa, Maithili, and various Nepali languages.  Ranjana must be written… Continue reading Ranjana Script Calligraphy

09:00–11:00

SLOType Workshop: Kickstarting Typeface Design Sketching

The objective of this workshop is to introduce participants to a method for developing a series of fast and creative-challenging sketches for new type designs. Through the use of a 1” balsa broad-nib writing tool and India ink, participants are introduced to Noordzij’s stroke theory through the experience of the translation and rotation dimensions in… Continue reading SLOType Workshop: Kickstarting Typeface Design Sketching

09:00–11:00

Get a Taste of Hangul Type!—Part 1 of 2

This workshop will be conducted in two two-hour sessions over the course of two days. You must sign up for both sessions in order to confirm your participation. Part 1 will take place at 9:00 am Eastern on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Part 2, the essential feedback session, will take place at 9:00 am Eastern… Continue reading Get a Taste of Hangul Type!—Part 1 of 2

10:00–13:00

Font Bakery

Learn what Font Bakery is for, how it is used at Google Fonts, and how it can help you save time and publish high-quality fonts. Quality Assurance of fonts is a constant requirement for type designers, foundries, and distributors. Everyone has their own workflows to ensure their fonts are in good condition, but often these… Continue reading Font Bakery

10:00–13:00

Power of Ink: Gujarati Calligraphy

Gujarati is one of the most spoken regional languages of India. This language has its origin from old Indian languages such as Brahmi and Prakrit, and the script of the language is derived from Devanagari script. Its roots can also be found in the Jain manuscripts. Essentially, it was a script to keep the account,… Continue reading Power of Ink: Gujarati Calligraphy

11:00–14:00

Alternative Digital Methods: Rhino and Grasshopper 3D for Dimensional Typography

Different industries, such as product design, architecture, and landscape architecture, have refined design tools and processes to create physical experiences in the digital realm. Those design tools and methods could be used in typography. This workshop will address how dimensional typography could utilize the computer-aided design (CAD) software Rhino and Grasshopper 3D, the visual programming… Continue reading Alternative Digital Methods: Rhino and Grasshopper 3D for Dimensional Typography

11:00–15:00

Typomotif: From Motif to Typography

This workshop aims to create contemporary alphabets inspired by the Arabic Square Kufic and the prehistoric motif design to form typomotifs. Participants will design words that imply positivity to construct poster designs.

12:00–15:00

Anti-Typo: The Wide Pen as Privilege/Appropriation/Pluriversal Practice

There are wonderful resources available for instruction in broad-edge pen writing. Typically based on historic, cultural, and/or religious tradition, these chart invaluable paths. As a complement, or possible critique, this workshop explores writing on paper from another point of departure. The primary focus will be expansive form-making. Participants will engage with gesture, attempt interruption, and… Continue reading Anti-Typo: The Wide Pen as Privilege/Appropriation/Pluriversal Practice

12:00–14:00

Storytelling and Visual Narrative through Experimental Typography

The aim of this workshop is to explore possibilities in storytelling and visual narrative by creative experimentation with typesetting parameters within specific restraints. Attendees will be tasked with depicting a given story only through typography, without using any illustrative imagery following the philosophy of “type as image.” An interesting story, which appears to be very… Continue reading Storytelling and Visual Narrative through Experimental Typography

14:00–16:00

Sample Design for Font Testing in EQX

No font can do everything, nor should it! However, discovering the performance envelope of your font is particularly valuable if you can discover it early and use it to inform and refine the design of your typeface. This is why it’s important to create sequential tests that include but go beyond abstract testing ( glyphs… Continue reading Sample Design for Font Testing in EQX

15:00–18:00

Go Figure! The Structure of Indo-Arabic Numerals with Brush Calligraphy

Indo-Arabic numerals are not usually studied as thoroughly as the letters of many scripts, despite being used on all continents and being truly multicultural. During this workshop, we will cover some basic aspects of calligraphy with brushes and square and pointed pens. We will study the origin of the numerals and why they seem to… Continue reading Go Figure! The Structure of Indo-Arabic Numerals with Brush Calligraphy

18:00–21:00

Calligraphy for Non-Calligraphers: How to Approximate Pointed Nib Typeface Design—Part 1 of 2

This workshop will be conducted during two three-hour sessions over the course of two days. You must sign up for both sessions in order to confirm your participation. How can you apply the shapes and theories of pointed nib calligraphy to a typography design? In this workshop, participants will be guided to approach the use… Continue reading Calligraphy for Non-Calligraphers: How to Approximate Pointed Nib Typeface Design—Part 1 of 2

19:00–23:59

Building Custom Type for Logotype Design: The Matter of Making Unique Solutions for Design

We’re gonna take a tour of the basics of building custom logotypes with a symmetrical focus on anatomy, integrating and designing shapes with the proper singularities that any logo development needs as a foundational element of a brand, keeping in mind the technical and functional specifications with an aesthetic overview. Students will follow the process… Continue reading Building Custom Type for Logotype Design: The Matter of Making Unique Solutions for Design

21:00–23:00

Typographic Selfie + CODE

A selfie is a form of art. Over one million selfies are now taken every day. Selfies are not always as spontaneous as they seem. They can be a visual communication tool like any other that can be manipulated for purpose. The typographic selfie + CODE is an extension of Selfie + CODE, a collection… Continue reading Typographic Selfie + CODE

Wednesday, 28 October 20

00:00–03:00

Ranjana Script Calligraphy (repeat of earlier session)

Ranjana script is one of the most beautiful calligraphy scripts in the world. It is also known as Lantsa. It is not only the script of the indigenous group Newars, but duly important to all Nepalese as well. Ranjana script was used to write Sanskrit, Nepalbhasa, Maithili, and various Nepali languages.  Ranjana must be written… Continue reading Ranjana Script Calligraphy (repeat of earlier session)

09:00–11:00

Get a Taste of Hangul Type!—Part 2 of 2

This workshop will be conducted in two two-hour sessions over the course of two days. You must sign up for both sessions in order to confirm your participation. Part 1 will take place at 9:00 am Eastern on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Part 2, the essential feedback session, will take place at 9:00 am Eastern… Continue reading Get a Taste of Hangul Type!—Part 2 of 2

11:00–00:00

Amstelvar and Roboto Flex: Unprecedented Flexibility in Text Typography

Bété Type Design is research by Adam Yeo that aims to promote the Bété script through design and graphic design projects by addressing how to apply it in modern graphic design directions. This project aims mainly to provide designers with a methodological and theoretical basis for integrating the Bété script into modern graphic design. The… Continue reading Amstelvar and Roboto Flex: Unprecedented Flexibility in Text Typography

11:00–12:00

Amstelvar and Roboto Flex: Unprecedented Flexibility in Text Typography

The Font Bureau was commissioned by Google Fonts in 2016 with the purpose of showcasing what the new variable font technology could do with two new fonts: Decovar Alpha and Amstelvar Alpha. While the former showed how more than a dozen axes of stylistic variations can be used (and abused) for display typography, the latter… Continue reading Amstelvar and Roboto Flex: Unprecedented Flexibility in Text Typography

11:00–12:00

OpenType Layout Features Unleashed with FontCreator

Since FontCreator is available only on Windows, not all font designers know that it has many powerful features. This demonstration will show how to detect and fix problems related to OpenType layout features. The interactive OpenType Designer—along with feature code generation, proofing, and VOLT, OTLFD, and FEA compilers—makes FontCreator the perfect tool, allowing you to… Continue reading OpenType Layout Features Unleashed with FontCreator

12:00–13:00

Calligraphy Heats Up Barcelona

The General Calligraphy Course is the cornerstone of Visions calligraphy project and covers all the training for people who want to specialize in the subject. Our standpoint is passionate, and the course is conceived as a solid background with constant practice. This is the course that we, the teachers, would have liked to attend as… Continue reading Calligraphy Heats Up Barcelona

12:00–13:00

Rescate de las itálicas de Griffo: Un estudio de la puesta en página de poesías

With a focus on Francesco Griffo’s first work, this presentation shows the development of a typeface that contemplates three variables: roman, italic, and an italic with connections. With this typeface, it is possible to make a comparison between the simple italic and de-connected italic in order to understand it. The loss of connections between letters… Continue reading Rescate de las itálicas de Griffo: Un estudio de la puesta en página de poesías

13:00–14:00

How Newspapers Familiarized Readers with the Latin Script during the Turkish Alphabet Reform

The Turkish alphabet reform is considered to be one of the most prominent alphabet shifts due to the pace of its introduction and implementation. Turkish was used in the Arabic script for over a thousand years until the reform in 1928 as part of Atatürk’s modernization program. During the four-month transition period, newspapers played a… Continue reading How Newspapers Familiarized Readers with the Latin Script during the Turkish Alphabet Reform

14:00–15:00

Latin Calligraphic Happening

The beauty of calligraphy when accompanied by appropriate music can be a spectacle to enjoy. Over the course of an hour, César Puertas will do a calligraphic demonstration with different tools, colors, and techniques. Who said typographers don’t know how to have fun?  // La belleza de la caligrafía cuando se acompaña de música adecuada puede… Continue reading Latin Calligraphic Happening

14:00–15:00

The Dawn of Modern Script Typefaces: The 1930s

Script typefaces of the 20th century are often overlooked in the history of Latin typography. Yet, they have lended a hand in visually shaping the popular culture of their time. From social stationary to advertising, they had the ambitious task of turning handwriting and lettering into type. This presented fascinating challenges to designers and foundries,… Continue reading The Dawn of Modern Script Typefaces: The 1930s

15:00–16:00

Art Déco Letterings in Architectural Drawings from São Paulo, Brazil

This presentation focuses on the analysis of letterings found in architectural drawings from a corpus of 170 design plans from seven major architects based in São Paulo, Brazil between 1925 and 1955. It takes into account the letters used to convey information, and also those designed to be part of the buildings. The letters and… Continue reading Art Déco Letterings in Architectural Drawings from São Paulo, Brazil

15:00–16:00

Tipo.g. Escuela de Tipografía de Barcelona

Tipo.g is a new Typography School based in Barcelona, Spain. It is a meeting point where typography and graphic design converge. A space in which to learn, experiment and discuss type and typographic design among the different environments of contemporary communication. Typography has become a fundamental discipline for graphic designers and Tipo.g addresses this need… Continue reading Tipo.g. Escuela de Tipografía de Barcelona

16:00–17:00

4 Souls

As a type designer and teacher, for the last ten years, Carolina Giovagnoli used to write a diary of her projects, trying to define the method of her work. These chronicles are the bridge between design as a craft and design as a project discipline. In this presentation, Giovagnoli will take a look into the… Continue reading 4 Souls

16:00–17:00

Renaissance Type Systematization and Digital Frameworks

As part of the Plantin Institute of Typography’s expert class type design course under the roof of the Museum Plantin-Moretus, a group of international students examined models by French Renaissance punchcutter Robert Granjon as the basis for a digital revival. The research questioned whether there is cross-standardization between the roman and italic models of Granjon.… Continue reading Renaissance Type Systematization and Digital Frameworks

17:00–18:00

Constructed Letters in the Classroom: Methods, Creativity, and Meaning

Constructed type and lettering projects are popular assignments in design and typography studio courses, and with good reason. Students find preliminary exercises and examples engaging, and common tools like Fontstruct and F%NT are accessible and easy to use. Not only that, the products are visually appealing and can be applied in many ways. Using historical… Continue reading Constructed Letters in the Classroom: Methods, Creativity, and Meaning

17:00–18:00

Contemporizing a Historic Script: The Development of Adinatha Tamil Brahmi Typeface and its Community Impact

This presentation narrates the story of the creation of a modern typeface, Adinatha Tamil Brahmi, for the historic Tamil-Brahmi script and the wide-spread impact it had on the community in terms of script revival. Tamil-Brahmi is a regional adaptation of the historical Brahmi script that was used to write the Old Tamil language between 300… Continue reading Contemporizing a Historic Script: The Development of Adinatha Tamil Brahmi Typeface and its Community Impact

18:00–21:00

Calligraphy for Non-Calligraphers: How to Approximate Pointed Nib Typeface Design—Part 2 of 2

How can you apply the shapes and theories of pointed nib calligraphy to a typography design? In this workshop, participants will be guided to approach the use of the pointed nib in calligraphic styles such as copperplate or Spencerian, to understand from the practice characteristics that can be translated further back to typographical language such… Continue reading Calligraphy for Non-Calligraphers: How to Approximate Pointed Nib Typeface Design—Part 2 of 2

18:00–19:00

Font Detective: The Secret of the Certificate

Having attacked documents that threatened to topple a president and prop up a prime minister, Thomas Phinney is no stranger to high stakes. But, this was his first case involving an art object he saw at a famous museum. A unique certificate under glass was evidence that the provenance was one one of the world’s… Continue reading Font Detective: The Secret of the Certificate

20:00–21:00

Mon Nicolette, a Dwiggins Revival in Nine Styles

This presentation aims to showcase the process behind Mon Nicolette, a significantly expanded revival of an experimental typeface by the prominent American type designer, William Addison Dwiggins. While Electra and Caledonia remain very influential to this day, several other type projects by Dwiggins weren’t finished or released. One of them is Contract/Charter, an upright italic… Continue reading Mon Nicolette, a Dwiggins Revival in Nine Styles

20:00–21:00

Seeking Plural Narratives: Connecting and Collaborating With Students on Graphic Design Histories

What do we teach? What do we leave out? How are students contributors of knowledge and leaders in society? How might we encourage design students to engage in inquiry-based research practices? What does an inclusive design history look like? In what ways does this research become a public resource for the community? Seeking Plural Narratives is an… Continue reading Seeking Plural Narratives: Connecting and Collaborating With Students on Graphic Design Histories

21:00–22:00

Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo logos from 1921 to 2020

Folha de S.Paulo was founded in São Paulo 1921 under the name Folha de Noite, meaning “evening edition.” In 1925, the editors launched another newspaper named Folha da Manhã or “morning edition.” In 1960, both newspapers merged to form Folha de S.Paulo, the largest newspaper in Brazil. Over the last 100 years, Folha has used… Continue reading Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo logos from 1921 to 2020

21:00–22:00

Why Music Fonts Haven’t Evolved for the 21st Century

In 2013, I was stuck. I had been working for years in music engraving, but I hit a plateau. I just couldn’t get my sheet music looking any better! One night, I was in bed staring at a page of sheet music. It was a sans text font along with the music font. Then it… Continue reading Why Music Fonts Haven’t Evolved for the 21st Century

22:00–23:00

Mixcoatl Type design for Title credits. The vital role of type design in the motion graphics for cinema and other media.

Title credits have a vital role in the presentation of movies, whether at the beginning or at the end. Credits are also seen in other variations that expand the practice of design in streaming, TV, and video games. This presentation will take you on a visual journey through the evolution of title credits; pointing out… Continue reading Mixcoatl Type design for Title credits. The vital role of type design in the motion graphics for cinema and other media.

23:00–23:59

Unearthing the Roots of Hangul: Korean Woodblock Type and Their Digital Revivals

Korea’s native script Hangul was created by King Sejong in 1446, and was traditionally written vertically with modern geometric forms. We will first explore the history of Hangul since its invention, noting key characteristics with print examples of the brush calligraphy used by the members of the royal palace and the common people. The original… Continue reading Unearthing the Roots of Hangul: Korean Woodblock Type and Their Digital Revivals

Thursday, 29 October 20

00:00–00:00

Multi-Scriptural Typography

What can we learn from Rosetta Stone in terms of multi-scriptural typography? This lecture will cover the topic of working within different writing systems from two perspectives: theoretical and educational. This talk will present categories taken into consideration while working in different alphabetical systems, such as the relation between two scripts and their distinctive features.… Continue reading Multi-Scriptural Typography

01:00–02:00

Hanzi Cooker

Notions around Chinese type design tend to be elusive and lacking in sense. Inspired by Erik van Blokland’s TypeCooker project, we analyzed and located the crucial parameters in Chinese type design and created a TypeCooker for Hanzi or Chinese characters. Hanzi shares a few parameters with Latin: width, weight, contrast, and decorative parts. But to… Continue reading Hanzi Cooker

01:00–02:00

Some problems happen on apps or user interfaces when applying Chinese fonts

As technology evolves, font technology does, too. However, hardware, software, and apps change much faster than fonts. Font foundries are facing a lot of challenges to make fonts compatible in various applications. Here are some problems we noticed: the compatibility of fonts and symbols; used on cross-script apps; how to determine default line spacing of… Continue reading Some problems happen on apps or user interfaces when applying Chinese fonts

02:00–03:00

The Spread, Influence, and Redesign of Hanwen Zhengkai. China

Hanwen zhengkai is a famous regular type font born in Shanghai during the 1930s that consists of 11 sizes and styles, and is the first set of full type from the Republic of China era. Hanwen zhengkai was warmly received after its birth and was soon purchased by the Japanese Ashizawa Printing Shop and Kaneda… Continue reading The Spread, Influence, and Redesign of Hanwen Zhengkai. China

03:00–04:00

Chinatown, Chinese Translation of Trademarks

Chinatown is a Chinese typographic translation of the trademarks in a graphical way. It’s a carefully arranged series of artworks showcasing 20 well-known western brand logos with maintained visual and narrative continuity. Sooner or later, most major global brands will obviously need to adjust their meaning based on a translation to demonstrate alignment with local… Continue reading Chinatown, Chinese Translation of Trademarks

04:00–05:00

Social Aspects of Type, TilburgsAns and PlovdivTypeface

In the midst of this pandemic year, we’ve all felt the burden of social distancing and self-isolation. We realized how important social structures and community-strengthening projects are. In April 2016, the typeface TilburgsAns was launched by designer Sander Neijnens and illustrator Ivo van Leeuwen. The design is based on the character of Tilburg, Netherlands. The… Continue reading Social Aspects of Type, TilburgsAns and PlovdivTypeface

05:00–06:00

Typography and handwriting at school

Handwriting education in schools is being replaced by typing, although the typographic knowledge of teachers rarely goes beyond Comic Sans. This is why it’s time to innovate and introduce typographic education in schools. Literacy education needs to focus on taking a broader approach that connects handwriting, typing, and reading. This ambitious education reform is backed… Continue reading Typography and handwriting at school

06:00–07:00

Typography and Linguistics in Making Sense of Visible Language

The growth of multimodal linguistics in recent years has led to an increase in the study of the visual aspects of language by non-designers. Such a study has led to the analysis and description of a number of variables within typography that may seem self-evident to the typographically engaged professional, yet unnoticeable in other fields.… Continue reading Typography and Linguistics in Making Sense of Visible Language

06:00–07:00

Karl Gerstner—A precursor of digital graphics?

In a retrospective view of Swiss graphic designer Karl Gerstner, it’s clear that his systematic and programmatic approach is frequently associated with contemporary digital design methods. In 2012, the Federal Office of Culture in Bern, Switzerland (Schweizer Bundesamt für Kultur), awarded Gerstner the Swiss Grand Prix for Design. The agency lauded Gerstner’s ability to seemingly… Continue reading Karl Gerstner—A precursor of digital graphics?

07:00–08:00

Arabic Type Platform and Online Reed Pen Simulator

In recent years, Sina Fakour researched the impact of tools and technologies on the morphology of Arabic type. Fakour wrote her master’s thesis on the same subject, and critically analyzed the role of tools from reed pen to Unicode in social and political movements. In parallel, Fakour has been working on a platform dedicated to… Continue reading Arabic Type Platform and Online Reed Pen Simulator

07:00–08:00

Emerging as a type designer in the online-only environment

This proposal is a reflection by emerging type designers on the transition to an online-only environment. Graduating from university and taking the first steps in the industry can be challenging for young graduates. However, this can provide an opportunity to rethink the way in which we talk about our work and shift the narrative from… Continue reading Emerging as a type designer in the online-only environment

08:00–09:00

Types and Faces of Ljubljana: Type Walk by Domen Fras

A type walk leads us through the material, historical, cultural, and linguistic diversity of the letterforms in the heart of Ljubljana. While searching for common design features of the typefaces, we pay attention to vivid compositions, unusual ligatures, and innovative diacritical marks. A walk shares subjective observations of formal aspects and uncovers details of urban… Continue reading Types and Faces of Ljubljana: Type Walk by Domen Fras

08:30–10:30

READSEARCH: Case studies into experimental typography

In 2015, Prof. Dr. Ann Bessemans founded the READSEARCH legibility research group at PXL-MAD School of Arts and Hasselt University in Belgium. She also serves as program director of the school’s international Master program in reading type and typography.  READSEARCH provides a unique environment bringing together design researchers, designers, scientists, students, and stakeholders through research,… Continue reading READSEARCH: Case studies into experimental typography

09:00–10:00

The Italic Design Process

Italic typefaces are an integral part of the Latin script typographic culture. Since the first italic type appeared in 1501, the style has been adopted to indicate both linguistic and typographic differentiation that the italic phrase or passage is different from other text. Within 100 years, the association between roman and italic was firmly established.… Continue reading The Italic Design Process

10:00–11:00

Efficient Methodology to Detect Similar Instance of Variable Font

The current methodology to detecting similar fonts is based on DeepFont feature vectors. For example, let’s call query font A, and the one being scanned for similarity font B. This methodology works by finding the latent representation of both font A and B, then taking the Euclidean distance between latent presentations to find out the… Continue reading Efficient Methodology to Detect Similar Instance of Variable Font

10:00–11:00

Type, technology, and beyond

There is no doubt that the primary way people interact with letterforms today is through the digital realm. On the surface, this might seem like a superficial change, but the difference is more granular than what can be seen with the eye. Explaining what a letter looks like to the computer requires intimate knowledge of… Continue reading Type, technology, and beyond

10:30–12:30

Plantin Institute of Typography Educational Knowledge Clips

11:00–12:00

Typography Education from the Lens of Underrepresented Students

13:00–14:00

The Very Eventful Adventure of a Variable Font

The introduction of Variable fonts has unlocked the door to a whole new world of the design and use of type. But how do you set a variable font apart from its static kin? With just flashy animations or the ability to scale between macro and micro typography? Could there be a more conceptual approach?… Continue reading The Very Eventful Adventure of a Variable Font

13:00–14:00

MEDIUM SHIFT Taking letters where they’ve never been before

Although calligraphy is usually born on paper, with pen and ink, most of my work winds up on some other material: glass, textile, film, performance, metal, human skin. In my view calligraphy, which is an ancient craft, can become a contemporary craft and even artform by leaving some of its traditional parameters behind.  The first… Continue reading MEDIUM SHIFT Taking letters where they’ve never been before

13:30–14:30

Tipos y tipas

We know an image is worth a thousand words, so what happens when typography is involved? In conversation with Marta Cerdà, we will be discussing her daily work and how typography can be a catalyzer for social change; her tips, tricks, and learnings, and the responsibility we have as designers. // Sabemos que una imagen… Continue reading Tipos y tipas

14:00–15:25

Introduction to Fileteado Porteño with Gustavo Ferrari

14:00–15:00

Typographic Selfie + CODE

A selfie is a form of art, with over one million taken every day. Selfies are not always as spontaneous as they seem. They can be a visual communication tool that can be manipulated for various purposes. The typographic selfie + CODE is an extension of Selfie + CODE, a collection of generative selfies taken… Continue reading Typographic Selfie + CODE

15:00–16:30

Light Capsules and Lettering Projection Mapping with Craig Winslow

15:00–16:00

3D Printed Type Embosser: Revitalizing a Historical Artifact

Embossing is the process of printing relief images and text on paper and other materials by providing three-dimensional effects. The concept of the embossing technique can be traced back to letterpress printing around 1450 AD, years after the cylinder seal. The cylinder seal was invented around 3500 BC to make an impression on two-dimensional space,… Continue reading 3D Printed Type Embosser: Revitalizing a Historical Artifact

16:00–17:00

Quantifying the assessment of letter spacing

Letter fitting is usually described as a qualitative facet of type design, even though the production of digital fonts are boiled down to numeric side with bearings and kerning adjustments. Moreover, the qualitative nature of letter fitting makes it challenging to compare the letter fitting of typefaces or to assess spacing problems in objective terms.… Continue reading Quantifying the assessment of letter spacing

16:00–17:00

Between Font and Image: The Role of Typography as Exemplified by Guillaume Apollinaire’s Calligrammes

Where is the border between writing and image and where does the written word end? When does our perceptual apparatus recognize an image as such? This question was asked by the French poet and writer Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) before he turned his attention to the visual representation of his poems he wrote during World War… Continue reading Between Font and Image: The Role of Typography as Exemplified by Guillaume Apollinaire’s Calligrammes

17:00–18:00

New Typographic Environments

17:00–18:00

Noto Fonts: Preserving Endangered Languages

The Noto project is the most ambitious font project of all time, aiming to continually support 100 percent of all Unicode characters each year with fully functional fonts. Today, Noto offers fonts for 146 scripts and over 800 languages, and is opening the door to reading and writing for minority language speakers. During the last… Continue reading Noto Fonts: Preserving Endangered Languages

17:00–18:00

SANS CAP

SANS CAP is Martijn Mertens’ answer to the recent blanding controversy in the High-Fashion industry. It’s a different take on what branding can mean, and how it can end up limiting creativity. Blanding is a recent phenomenon in which multiple companies within a specific industry start to look and feel the same. They often fall… Continue reading SANS CAP

18:00–19:00

Depictions of Blackness in American Graphic Design

Kelly Walters is currently working on a book project called “Depictions of Blackness,” which explores the emergence of racial stereotypes in print design works from 1865–1979 in African American history. From post-reconstruction to blaxploitation eras, “Depictions of Blackness” argues that depictions of African-Americans and African-American history are central to a critical understanding of American graphic… Continue reading Depictions of Blackness in American Graphic Design

19:00–20:00

Adobe’s Responsibility to Typographic Practice

Type has a rich history at Adobe. Decades of crafting world-class creative tools has built deep customer relationships and a legacy of innovation, but it has also generated increasingly complex user experiences that are difficult to change. In this brief talk, Tim Brown will summarize the culture of product strategy at Adobe, explain how it… Continue reading Adobe’s Responsibility to Typographic Practice

19:00–20:00

Newa Scripts: From Manuscript to Digital

Nepalbhasa was one of the major languages spoken in Feudal Kathmandu. Unlike the spoken Nepalbhasa, a generation of Newars grew up without the written aspect of language, as Newa scripts were in decline. After a long history of suppression from feudal rulers, the Newa scripts fell out of use due to fear of prosecution. However,… Continue reading Newa Scripts: From Manuscript to Digital

19:00–20:00

Touring Type at the Hamilton Museum

Wander the world’s largest collection of wood type. Our tour sheds light on the vast holdings of Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. Case upon case of American wood type that dates back to the 1840s is on display. From the veneer style pioneered by J.E. Hamilton to current work cut within the past month,… Continue reading Touring Type at the Hamilton Museum

20:00–21:00

A Type of Cure for Homesickness

The most evident, residual, and evoking parts of our memories are visual. Visual culture sets the tone for our familiarities and habits. When you grow up in a country like India and walk along streets painted, glued, and fixed with whimsical Bollywood posters, the disproportionate, hand written signs become second nature to your visual memory.… Continue reading A Type of Cure for Homesickness

20:00–21:00

Type Specimens

Referencing archival hand-lettering from the collection at the Wagner Institute of Science, Dermot Mac Cormack designed a digital font, Willison. This font is based on the labels by Charles Willison Johnson, one of the museum’s founding curators. While remaining true to the original, unique hand-lettering in the collection, the Willison font exists as its own… Continue reading Type Specimens

21:00–22:00

Neon/Font: A Torrid Typographic Affair

While neon signs traditionally use custom lettering, not fonts, tube-bent letters have inspired new typeface designs for over fifty years. And, vice versa, as desktop publishing began to replace lettering skills in the 1980s, typefaces became a common ingredient in sign-making of all kinds, including neon. This talk will present a brief survey of this… Continue reading Neon/Font: A Torrid Typographic Affair

21:00–22:00

Typography as a Means for Design Activism

We live in a time where designers are expanding their boundaries; moving from designing objects to experiences and designing for positive social change. Now, they are becoming facilitators of creativity, conversation, and collaboration among multiple groups. Designers are making an argument that community-driven design thinking can establish social change by seeking out problems to solve… Continue reading Typography as a Means for Design Activism

22:00–23:00

Roots

Laura Serra’s imaginative work — made with pencil, ink, paint, pixels, or coffee — is derived from a wide array of influences: personal history, historical styles, and the natural world. Her talk will tell stories of how these diverse points of inspiration lifted her drawing hand in one way or another. She hopes to share… Continue reading Roots

22:00–23:00

Next Time You Fly: Type Behind Closed Cockpit Doors

Whether highly visible in everyday life or more obscure, typography is widespread and often taken for granted; The consequences can be catastrophic, particularly regarding high-risk disciplines, such as the aviation industry. Typography plays a role in everyday flight operations, especially during abnormal situations where the pilots’ ability to quickly decipher information is paramount. Philosophies differ… Continue reading Next Time You Fly: Type Behind Closed Cockpit Doors

23:00–00:00

The Spread, Influence and Redesign of Hanwen Zhengkai

Hanwen zhengkai is a famous regular type font born in Shanghai during the 1930s that consists of 11 sizes and styles, and is the first set of full type from the Republic of China era. Hanwen zhengkai was warmly received after its birth and was soon purchased by the Japanese Ashizawa Printing Shop and Kaneda… Continue reading The Spread, Influence and Redesign of Hanwen Zhengkai

Friday, 30 October 20

00:00–01:00

Stream of Kana: Japanese Kana Drawing Performance

Hiragana is a Japanese origin syllabary derived from Chinese character (Kanji). In this session, we would like to show you the flow of changes to current letter form from original Kanji which each of those was originated, and demonstrate the flow of brush stroke when a word is woven with the letters. Please kick back… Continue reading Stream of Kana: Japanese Kana Drawing Performance

00:00–01:00

When Better Letters Met Barbara Enright

‘When Better Letters Met…’ is a series of short films celebrating the lives and work of retired sign painters and lettering artists. In this, the fourth in the series, we profile Australian showcard and ticket writer Barbara Enright. The film will be followed by a live Q+A with Barbara.Session delivered in partnership with Better Letters.

00:00–01:00

The writing and interpretation of Chinese pictograph

Hieroglyphs are evolved from pictorial characters, which are the crystallization of Chinese wisdom. It is also an inheritance of our ancestors’ original way of tracing objects and recording. It is currently the oldest language in the world. Hieroglyphs refer to purely using graphics as characters. Use the lines and strokes of the characters to outline… Continue reading The writing and interpretation of Chinese pictograph

01:00–02:00

Why We Need New Typefaces for Augmented Reality

01:00–02:00

Contemporizing a Historic Script: The Development of Adinatha Tamil Brahmi Typeface and its Community Impact

This presentation narrates the story of the creation of a modern typeface, Adinatha Tamil Brahmi, for the historic Tamil-Brahmi script and the wide-spread impact it had on the community in terms of script revival. Tamil-Brahmi is a regional adaptation of the historical Brahmi script that was used to write the Old Tamil language between 300… Continue reading Contemporizing a Historic Script: The Development of Adinatha Tamil Brahmi Typeface and its Community Impact

02:00–03:00

Kufic Script: from Calligraphy to Typography

From Sharjah to Beirut, design curricula is a challenge in the age of digital revolution within the context of Globalization. It’s vital to analyze this practice and device means to integrate Arabic concepts, content, and compositions through design projects. Design students obtain the basics to become typography designers through practice. The Kufic Script is recognized… Continue reading Kufic Script: from Calligraphy to Typography

02:00–03:00

Pick Me, Pick Me: Analyzing the Semantic Connotations of Typography Deployed in Genre Categories of the Netflix Catalogue

Typography observed in the genre classifications of the Netflix catalogue intentionally conveys the conventions of genre styles rendered to attract audience selection of film and television titles. Much has been written about the treatment of typography in the title sequences of films and television shows, yet an examination of typography as a collective enterprise within… Continue reading Pick Me, Pick Me: Analyzing the Semantic Connotations of Typography Deployed in Genre Categories of the Netflix Catalogue

03:00–04:00

Digitized Design for Nüshu Script: Noto Traditional Nushu

Nüshu, which means “female calligraphy” in Chinese, is a type of chirography that was primarily written by women in modern times. This specific type of chirography had only been handwritten, leaving no trace of prior existence in printed form. Nüshu has very unique shapes in comparison to Chinese. With only 398 characters, it took more… Continue reading Digitized Design for Nüshu Script: Noto Traditional Nushu

03:00–04:00

Significance of Optical Illusion, Optical Correction and Visual Balance in Calligraphy and Font Design

This presentation discusses various methods used by calligraphers and font designers to address visual imbalances caused by optical illusions. In visual language, there is a drastic difference between mathematical values and visual values. For example, the mathematical center and visual center of a defined geometric space are different. In many letterforms, overlapping strokes have to… Continue reading Significance of Optical Illusion, Optical Correction and Visual Balance in Calligraphy and Font Design

04:00–05:00

Kedai-Kedai Merdeka: Creolizing Typography

Kedai-Kedai Merdeka is a typeface that considers how the Latin alphabet can be inflected by the aesthetics of non-Latin alphabets. It is an experimental variant of our prior typeface Kedai-Kedai, which is influenced by condensed Sans-Serifs from existing multilingual and vernacular signage of Malaysian shophouses, also called kedai-kedai in Malay. Such shophouse signage prevailed between… Continue reading Kedai-Kedai Merdeka: Creolizing Typography

05:00–06:00

A Comparative Study of Tahoma and Segoe UI Arabic and the Structural Principles of Arabic Script

Throughout time, type design methods have changed in response to the limitations of various print technologies. In today’s world where digital technologies dominate people’s lives and audiences are more inclined to read on digital devices, every language is trying to publish its information both online and in mobile applications. In accordance with these new needs… Continue reading A Comparative Study of Tahoma and Segoe UI Arabic and the Structural Principles of Arabic Script

05:00–06:00

Pliegos Chapbooks

A pliego was the earliest known European printed book format. The first pliego created was the Sibyllenbuch, and is believed to have been printed by Gutenberg in 1452 before the Gutenberg Bible. The project idea has to do with the uncovering of an old suitcase that had been abandoned in a family garage. Inside was… Continue reading Pliegos Chapbooks

05:00–06:00

Thai Type-Pairing

Thai-Latin type-pairing, Thai Looped, and Loopless can all be paired with Serif and Sans in Latin because Thai type pairing is very flexible. Thai Looped and Loopless can be used interchangeably with both dans and Serif. This presentation will review Thai type pairing analysis’ from the past to the present based on the history and… Continue reading Thai Type-Pairing

06:00–08:00

Styling your Lettering with Chandan Mahimkar

The simple process and techniques of adding timeless styles to your hand lettering compositions. Adding styles to your lettering compositions is the best part of lettering. Chandan Mahimkar shares how to use timeless lettering styles in your hand lettering, thereby making your lettering visually appealing. He uses the same process as a professional lettering artist,… Continue reading Styling your Lettering with Chandan Mahimkar

06:00–07:00

Legibility in Black and White

In this presentation, Octavio Pardo-Virto will review multiple traditional theories on letter perception by complimenting them with the most relevant findings in the field of psychophysics and our visual system. These findings are very well known to the legibility research community but less common in type design literature. Pardo-Virto will explain the blurry mechanisms of… Continue reading Legibility in Black and White

06:00–07:00

Typo: Experimental Typography and the Book

The relationship between the book format and experimental typographic approaches can be examined from the mid-eighteenth century right through to the most recent contemporary examples. While advances in digital communication continue to prevail, this presentation explores how the book as an analogue format remains an important space for experimental typographic approaches. It shows how typographic… Continue reading Typo: Experimental Typography and the Book

07:00–08:00

Explorations in Machine Learning and Latent Space Type Design

Technology has always been a driver of creative exploration and innovations. As designers, we are currently living in one of the most exciting eras where technology machine learning and artificial intelligence are making enormous leaps forward opening up new exciting avenues. In this project, we wanted to explore the latent space between common typographic defined… Continue reading Explorations in Machine Learning and Latent Space Type Design

07:00–08:00

Taking handwriting fonts to the next level – with color font technology

Numerous ligatures and alternative letterforms combined with sofisticated OpenType programming add just the right analog touch to handwriting-style fonts. Yet, Ulrike was challenged to find ways to reproduce handwritten messages even more realistically. With her latest font release LiebeHeide, she demonstrates how color font technology can authentically reproduce the writing of a ballpoint pen–hardly being… Continue reading Taking handwriting fonts to the next level – with color font technology

08:00–09:00

Letra Brasileira—A Typeface for Teaching Handwriting

The Letra Brasileira thesis project is based on three main guidelines: simplicity, accessibility, and tradition. Developed from an original methodology proposal based on design thinking and focused on users, the project counted on the collaboration of teachers and students in literacy, and utilized a dedicated consultancy of the professors of the Faculty of Education of… Continue reading Letra Brasileira—A Typeface for Teaching Handwriting

08:00–09:00

Second life of Chaim

Chaim means “life.” Aviva means “spring,” but also “rebirth.” Chaim & Aviva is a multi-script typeface with a great story behind it. Chaim was originally a Hebrew typeface designed around 1929 in Warsaw by Jan Levitt for setting newspapers and other printing in Yiddish. It was considered very modern and avant-garde because it did not… Continue reading Second life of Chaim

08:00–09:00

Update 0: Standards for a Global Future

Update.Design is a platform to collect, synthesise, and share knowledge. It is currently being built as a global library of resources without opinion for designers, culture, or discipline. The intent of the platform is to provide a better understanding of design around the world; expanding the scope of design principles as we move closer to… Continue reading Update 0: Standards for a Global Future

09:00–10:00

Juan Arrausi Learn typography through experimenting and reflecting

A brief history of the transformations the letter A has been through, accompanied by a live calligraphic visualization of the shapes.

09:00–10:00

Learn Typography Through Experimenting and Reflecting

The way in which we approach the teaching and learning process of typography is based on an experiential methodology and reflection. Students experiment with type and conduct practices using manual and digital techniques. The activity that Juan Arrausi and Eduard Vidiellia present was developed in the graphic design specialty, corresponding to the second year of… Continue reading Learn Typography Through Experimenting and Reflecting

10:00–11:00

AlphaCrit 

Alphacrit is a virtual type design critique. This session, our experts are Paris-based designers Sandrine Nugue and Roxane Gataud. If we can’t go to Paris this year, then we’ll bring a little bit of Paris to you. They’ll offer their feedback to four participants who will present their in-progress typefaces. Not only will you see… Continue reading AlphaCrit 

10:00–11:00

Fostering Transcultural Competency Through Typography: A Case Study to Understand Cultural Heritage and Identity of China

Graphic Design is a human-centered, service-oriented profession where designers have a greater responsibility to be culturally aware and understand diversity, inclusion, and social constructs to create designs that are authentic and relevant to multicultural communities. It is imperative that design education adopts new methodologies to address transcultural learning. Design is a philosophy of life in… Continue reading Fostering Transcultural Competency Through Typography: A Case Study to Understand Cultural Heritage and Identity of China

11:00–00:00

Sandoll Studio Tour Video

11:00–00:00

Responding To The Times We Live In

Today, many parts of the world are witnessing a dangerous swing towards near-fascist policies and ideologies. Xenophobia, racism, and other forms of discriminatory behaviour are crawling out of the woodwork, emboldened by those in power. India is one such afflicted nation. In a much more literal way, it is also highly afflicted by the global… Continue reading Responding To The Times We Live In

11:00–12:00

São Paulo Street Signs: A Look at a Mechanical Variable Font From 1915

Some of São Paulo’s street signage from 1915 to 1973 still exists in the city. The project presented will review the history of those signs and creating a variable font inspired by them.

12:00–13:00

A Tour of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection

The RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection at RIT is one of the world’s premier libraries on graphic communication history and practices. Our growing library holds over 45,000 volumes, over 130 archival collections and a working collection of historic printing equipment. The Cary Collection’s mission is to advance an understanding and appreciation of the history of… Continue reading A Tour of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection

12:00–13:00

Real Typography Space

There is an abundance of virtual space around real text in digital typesetting that creates problems for designers. We at Adobe, have not only understood workflows around Font Size, Alignment, Spacing, and Selection but have created real solutions as well! Designers often change the character’s size by changing the font size but in reality, font… Continue reading Real Typography Space

13:00–14:00

Presentation of the AMT, Asociación Mexicana de Tipografía

The Asociación Tipográfica Mexicana (AMT) is a long-desired project created in Mexico to promote, represent, support, and develop the type community in Mexico. We believe that with the combination of history, technology and innovation, good things can happen. We invite you to join and converse with our young and dynamic community.

13:00–14:00

Letters of Hope

To show support and solidarity for the people of Beirut, the international type design community came together to create a typeface that raised funds to support the victims of the Beirut explosion of August 4. The resulting typeface, Font Li Beirut is one that is drawn with love. It brings together a total of 161… Continue reading Letters of Hope

13:00–14:00

Reconsidering Revivals

One aspect of type design is firmly rooted in revivals. While revivals have incredible educational value, the practice of using them as a main pillar of the course work has several disadvantages. For one, it creates the impression that old typefaces are inherently good. Secondly, this isolates a certain demographic—white European men—as the creator of… Continue reading Reconsidering Revivals

14:00–15:00

FontLab 7.2. Better every day.

We’re introducing FontLab 7.2, a massive update for our pro font editor for macOS and Windows that lets you create and edit fonts in any format for any script on any platform. With this release, you can enjoy 30× faster proofing of variations and an all-new way of proofing OpenType features, easily navigate in large… Continue reading FontLab 7.2. Better every day.

14:00–15:00

Hennies Brothers Letterpress Printing Shop: Printing Outputs and Typographic Repertoire From Germany to Brazil

The first printing press was established in Brazil during 1808. Printing in São Paulo city started in 1827 and expanded into the early twentieth-century, enabling the city to be the main Brazilian editorial and printing centre. Many of the early São Paulo city printing shops were founded by German and Italian immigrants and produced printed… Continue reading Hennies Brothers Letterpress Printing Shop: Printing Outputs and Typographic Repertoire From Germany to Brazil

15:00–16:00

Q&A Session: Contributing to the Commons: What, Why, and How?

In the last 20 years, the number of new typefaces has grown exponentially, especially in writing systems with less activity in the twentieth century. One current in this torrent of cultural expression are the contributions of typefaces to the commons; from both student-hobbyists and the world’s largest tech companies, using licenses like the SIL Open… Continue reading Q&A Session: Contributing to the Commons: What, Why, and How?

15:00–16:00

T]M20 Project: The adaptation of roman capitals construction to lowercase

This presentation will go through the process of a TypeMedia project, and will be a reflection on the roman alphabet, and the relation between uppercase and lowercase. The Latin script is a bicameral script, and uses two alphabets for a given language. Those two alphabets originally belonged to different ways of writing from different periods… Continue reading T]M20 Project: The adaptation of roman capitals construction to lowercase

15:00–16:00

Time Travel Branding: The fictitious visual identity program of Xenia Hotels

In the early 1950s, the Greek state was effectively bankrupt. On that basis, the Greek government decided to initiate the ambitious Xenia project—a nationwide hotel construction program aimed at creating accommodation infrastructure for the development of a tourist industry to assist in rebuilding the economy. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the 59 Xenia hotels that… Continue reading Time Travel Branding: The fictitious visual identity program of Xenia Hotels

16:00–17:00

Ireland’s Country Delegate Report: Greetings from Ireland!

A whistle-stop tour of type and typography in and of Ireland over the last five years, seen mainly through the lens of Typography Ireland. Though far from exhaustive, this brief summary nonetheless points to a heartening awakening of public interest and increasing professional activity in the Irish type scene.

16:00–17:00

Legibility.info: Developing Inclusive Communication Design

Legibility.info, or leserlich.info, is an online guide to inclusive communication design for people with or without visual impairments. Depending on their individual circumstances, people have different needs regarding usability and the design of typefaces, typography, and images in both print and digital media. During a two-year R&D project, we worked with people affected by the… Continue reading Legibility.info: Developing Inclusive Communication Design

16:00–17:00

Wood Type – Historic and Interdisciplinary Practices in Letterpress Education

Wood type has a significant and historical impact on American letterpress printing, defining the current techniques and practices taught throughout universities today. Wood type is highly desired because it’s light, impactful, and has unique character traits. The challenge lies in the lack of accessibility to these typefaces. Wood type is rare and scarcely made today… Continue reading Wood Type – Historic and Interdisciplinary Practices in Letterpress Education

17:00–18:00

Rescate de las itálicas de Griffo: Un estudio de la puesta en página de poesías / NEW SESSION!

With a focus on Francesco Griffo’s first work, this presentation shows the development of a typeface that contemplates three variables: roman, italic, and an italic with connections. With this typeface, it is possible to make a comparison between the simple italic and de-connected italic in order to understand it. The loss of connections between letters… Continue reading Rescate de las itálicas de Griffo: Un estudio de la puesta en página de poesías / NEW SESSION!

17:00–18:00

Stream of Kana: Japanese Kana Drawing Performance

Hiragana is a Japanese origin syllabary derived from Chinese character (Kanji). In this session, we would like to show you the flow of changes to current letter form from original Kanji which each of those was originated, and demonstrate the flow of brush stroke when a word is woven with the letters. Please kick back… Continue reading Stream of Kana: Japanese Kana Drawing Performance

18:00–19:00

LEAD: Letterpress Educators of Art & Design

LEAD: Letterpress Educators of Art & Design fosters a network of letterpress educators to facilitate sharing of knowledge and expand connections in the community. We provide opportunities to engage discourse, advance research and scholarship, and work to expand understanding of the value of letterpress education as an essential practice in contemporary learning. Letterpress in higher… Continue reading LEAD: Letterpress Educators of Art & Design

18:00–19:00

Typographic Selection: A Model With Criteria and Evaluation Matrix to Support Your Choices

When choosing fonts for a design project, it is necessary to understand the context of the problem, the characteristics of the content, user needs, and support restrictions; resulting in a complex cognitive process. In addition, the growing number of digital fonts available today increases the complexity of this decision-making. In order to decide the most… Continue reading Typographic Selection: A Model With Criteria and Evaluation Matrix to Support Your Choices

19:00–20:00

TFC—The Development of a Digital Typeface to be Used as a Calligraphy Learning Tool

This work presents the development of the TFC Foundational Hand, a typeface to be used in the calligraphy practice. In calligraphy, the common way to study it is trying to replicate letters presented in books worksheets. This practice has been in use for centuries, but because of the paper media restrictions, there are some limitations.… Continue reading TFC—The Development of a Digital Typeface to be Used as a Calligraphy Learning Tool

19:00–20:00

The tipoGráfica Magazine and the Emergence of a Latin American Typography Community

This presentation examines the background, development, and influence of the Argentinian design and typography magazine tipoGráfica (1987–2007). The talk starts with a short introduction on the emergence of graphic design in Argentina and one of its most influential personalities and founder of tipoGráfica magazine, Rubén Fontana. This leads into an overview of the journal’s design,… Continue reading The tipoGráfica Magazine and the Emergence of a Latin American Typography Community

20:00–21:00

A Tour Throughout the History of Typography in Uruguay

Like most parts of Latin America, the printing material available were leftovers from Europe or North America. This presentation will review the first publications printed in Uruguay, discovering how nineteenth and twentieth century typographers had to exercise their creativity with little means, and how it improved over time.

20:00–21:00

Thriving as an Independent Typeface Designer in the 2020s

Typeface Design in the modern age is very much like fashion–more and more typefaces are developed every day for problem-solving or aesthetic reasons, or both. With such an abundance of material already out there, how can a driven, passionate type designer get their work noticed and lay the foundations for a thriving business whilst staying… Continue reading Thriving as an Independent Typeface Designer in the 2020s

20:00–21:00

Typographic Obfuscation: Communication for Privacy and Protest

This talk presents stories of creative obfuscation for communication from the past, present, and future. Examples include speculative typography that utilizes augmented reality, biotechnology, machine learning, and techniques created by non-experts that engage multiple senses like voice and gesture. The non-expert demonstrates the breadth of human ingenuity for primal need and desire, often against much… Continue reading Typographic Obfuscation: Communication for Privacy and Protest

21:00–22:00

Design Automation and People

New technologies applied to design has been a trending subject in the last few years. The introduction of variable fonts, new solutions via scripts, and automation for graphic tasks have been an area of deep exploration and advancement. But how has our work as designers evolved, and are there rules for our profession? Why do… Continue reading Design Automation and People

21:00–22:00

TYPE + CODE Series

TYPE + CODE is a collection of ongoing typography research conducted by using computer algorithms; initiated by the author in 2005. This series aligns with alternative typeface and typography methods, solutions, and education in America. Initially, it began as the MFA thesis by the author at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2007. It has… Continue reading TYPE + CODE Series

21:00–22:00

Type as Abstraction

Over three billion people use the internet, and they’re all using type. What was once relevant to a small group of specialists is now ubiquitous. Typefaces are available in a dizzying array of styles. Some are expressive, and others stoic. Some are rooted firmly in historical forms, while others deliberately and dramatically break away from… Continue reading Type as Abstraction

22:00–23:00

How To Design Your Country’s National Font

How do you design your country’s national font? That’s what Wayne Thompson was asked to do by Australia’s national broadcaster, the ABC, whose charter mandates the delivery of content which contributes to the national identity. They asked for a type family which unifies their digital presence across multiple platforms, is best-in-class for legibility and accessibility,… Continue reading How To Design Your Country’s National Font

22:00–23:00

Introducing Typography through Type Design

Over the past several semesters, Rob McConnell has been using typeface design in his typography course as a way to help students dive deep into what makes letters work. It’s been a constant balancing act between project length, outcomes, and student skill level. This presentation shares how and why McConnellcreated this project as well as… Continue reading Introducing Typography through Type Design

22:00–23:00

Mexican Culture Inspired Type Design. Xantolo Custom Project

The Memento Mori book is a hybrid of the video game and the interactive book, made by the Multimedia Center of the National Center for the Arts. The story reviews the novel by Pedro Páramo. Its illustrations are based on the engravings of José Guadalupe Posada, a Mexican artist who criticized society and incorporated elements… Continue reading Mexican Culture Inspired Type Design. Xantolo Custom Project

23:00–00:00

A Responsive Chinese SongTi typeface for Multiple-Use Occasions

Digital devices are gradually replacing paper, and reading on screens with various resolutions has led sans serif typefaces to replace serif typefaces. The high readability of serif typefaces is something we can’t ignore. In Chinese, MingTi /SongTi is just like serif in Latin, with greater contrast on the strokes. For serif typefaces, there are some… Continue reading A Responsive Chinese SongTi typeface for Multiple-Use Occasions

23:00–00:00

CJK Typefaces: Friendly Neighbors Far, Far Away

Chinese, Japanese, Korean (CJK) characters’ ancestors had a lot in common. However, CJK areas now have their own typographic history, context, and sense of type design. This presentation will look at a number of typographic terms that are being used in East Asian countries. It will also consider how they became so different and what… Continue reading CJK Typefaces: Friendly Neighbors Far, Far Away

23:00–00:00

Inversion of Thai Latinized

Huai is a bilingual typeface which stands in between Thai script, Latin script, Thai Latinized and conventional. Most of the contemporary loop-less Thai typefaces obtained some Latin letterforms when crafting Thai alphabets. If Thai alphabets can borrow the form from Latin letterforms, what might happen when Latin alphabets are influenced by those original Thai letterforms?… Continue reading Inversion of Thai Latinized

Saturday, 31 October 20

00:00–01:00

Bitmapping Chinese

Five-pixel height is all you need to deliver the entire English alphabet, but what size canvas is needed, and how many pixels are required to construct a Chinese character, called a Hanzi? The strokes in each Hanzi vary in number, direction, width, contrast, and style. At the first sight, it seems impossible to fit Hanzi… Continue reading Bitmapping Chinese

00:00–01:00

The Importance of Education Through the Lens of Business in Thailand

How can we build a strong ecosystem for type design Thailand? To answer the question, it is better to start from the root. Let’s explore a landscape of what is actually going on in type design and typography education in Thailand. It has been more than two decades since design curriculums of various Thai universities… Continue reading The Importance of Education Through the Lens of Business in Thailand

01:00–02:00

A culture in Strokes: Ranjana Script Calligraphy

Word is a celebration and no script holds that emotion more than the Ranjana life. During their calligraphy demonstration, Ananda Maharjan, Sunita Dangol, and Anshu Shrestha will be showcasing Ranjana script and Kutakshar while also writing the participants’ names and mantras in Ranjana – creating artful demonstrations and keepsakes for the ones who attend.

01:00–02:00

Type Design in Chinese Buddhism: Digital Revivals of Chinese Buddhist Manuscripts and Wood-plate Printings

Buddhism, as one of the major religions in China, has had a profound influence on various fields, including calligraphy arts. Even before the invention of printing technology, monks and believers started to copy Buddhist scriptures while reading them, both to show proof of faith and to spread Buddhism. Some of the scriptures were written on… Continue reading Type Design in Chinese Buddhism: Digital Revivals of Chinese Buddhist Manuscripts and Wood-plate Printings

02:00–03:00

Australia’s Country Delegate Report

02:00–05:00

Reports of a Selection of ATypI Country Delegates

A sampling of typographic events and progress from different parts of the world. Feature: Sweden, Sri Lanka, China, Portugal, and Slovenia.

02:00–03:00

TYPE TEXT | IDENTITY

03:00–04:00

Hanzi Metrics

03:00–04:00

Rubbing Colonialism at Surat Cemeteries

In 2017, Zenab Bastawala visited the British, Dutch and Armenian cemeteries known as Alampanah and Gulam Falia. The colonials impress the natives by constructing enormous ornamental mausoleums—around 300 to 400—at the respective cemeteries. The earliest grave is dated circa 1649. Each grave allows a discussion of the origins of the cemetery, the chronology of the… Continue reading Rubbing Colonialism at Surat Cemeteries

Tuesday, 24 November 20

17:00–16:57

ATypI 2020 Hangout Space

The ATypI 2020 Hangout Space—a place of peace, harmony, and typographic togetherness All Over. Thanks to Sandoll for sponsoring our Hangout Space during an epic week of learning, sharing, and community! And thanks to our other amazing sponsors—Google, Adobe, Morisawa, FontLab, Hanyi Fonts, and the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology. They made this all possible.… Continue reading ATypI 2020 Hangout Space