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ATypI All Over 2021 Program

Thursday, 2 December 21

08:00–09:00

Klaket: The Making of the Modern Ruqah Arabic Typeface

Ruqah is a basic Arabic style that native pupils learn as their first writing. Despite that, its slanted baseline makes it underrepresented in typography, let alone in the digital realm. After his first trip to Egypt in 2016, Toshi Omagari decided to take on the challenge of creating a Ruqah typeface. Inspired by the wealth… Continue reading Klaket: The Making of the Modern Ruqah Arabic Typeface

09:00–10:00

Transparency and Density of Letters

A way of letter creation, movement or stability, halftones or the solid black, and many other distinct characteristics of typographic and calligraphic letters is a fruitful field for exploration and insights.Vera Evstafieva will speak about the properties of letterforms in type and calligraphy that she experiences in her projects. The different natures, similarities, and opposites… Continue reading Transparency and Density of Letters

10:00–11:00

Bété Type Design

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 Bété Type Design

11:00–12:00

The Holistic Work of Slovene Architect Jože Plečnik Presented Through Letterforms

Jože Plečnik, the most renowned Slovene architect, is best known for his architectural works, but his influence on Slovene typography is somewhat less accentuated. Not only did Plečnik create the typography of numerous inscriptions on tombstones, monuments, and building façades, but he also did the graphic and typographic design of myriad diverse publications. Based on… Continue reading The Holistic Work of Slovene Architect Jože Plečnik Presented Through Letterforms

12:00–13:00

Empirical Study of the Legibility of Arabic Highway Signs

With the increasing prevalence of the automobile, the transmission of information through the visual means of signs became critical. This importance is related to the safety problems that followed the growth of the highway system and the continuous increase in traffic. Legible visual communication is an essential component of traffic control for safe urban navigation,… Continue reading Empirical Study of the Legibility of Arabic Highway Signs

13:00–14:00

Vernacular type from El Salvador

“Vernacular type from El Salvador is about the visual language of a tiny country in Central America. Beyond the colorful and unusual letterforms, it’s how letters are part of our daily lives—as a way to communicate something so simple from a sign in a little store to quotes on cars, to public transportation, or misspelling… Continue reading Vernacular type from El Salvador

14:00–15:00

Microsoft Office Typography Updates

15:00–16:00

Canonizing Events and Activists through Typography

Protesting in a repressive and oppressive regime has fatal consequences, but certain events must be documented and broadcast to raise awareness and lobby. After doing posters for years, Baynham Goredema decided to pursue a different course in expressing himself in such a context. This presentation is a preview of an ongoing project of documenting events,… Continue reading Canonizing Events and Activists through Typography

16:00–17:00

Expand Your Glyph Set with FontLab 7

FontLab 7 has several methods that you can use to assemble your glyphs from predefined parts. With element references, you can draw one or more contours once and then reuse them in other glyphs. An element reference doesn’t have a “source glyph”—any occurrence of an element reference is the source. Components are similar, but the… Continue reading Expand Your Glyph Set with FontLab 7

17:00–18:00

Responsive Type and Typography at Scale: Designing a Government Web Platform for All

Much has been written and presented about the opportunities and challenges in bringing fine typography to the web. Still, much of the focus has been on the possibilities in very specific designs and recreations. Jason Pamental’s talk will center around a project that brought truly responsive typography to life on a government platform that works… Continue reading Responsive Type and Typography at Scale: Designing a Government Web Platform for All

19:00–21:00

Crazy, Chaotic, but Interesting CJK Font Production

CJK (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) letters are often mentioned together and sometimes designed as a group. These countries had close cultural and historical relations in the past and still have some similarities at present, but their letters have their own design languages according to their cultures. Regarding this, it may not be possible to design CJK… Continue reading Crazy, Chaotic, but Interesting CJK Font Production

Friday, 3 December 21

08:00–09:00

Tangut Typefaces Research and the Redesign of Noto Serif Tangut

The Tangut dynasty left behind a brilliant culture and a new script, the Tangut script. In this information era, the correctness and completeness of the Tangut font have become extremely important, as it is the carrier of Tangut culture. The topic of this presentation originated from the design of the first version of Noto Serif… Continue reading Tangut Typefaces Research and the Redesign of Noto Serif Tangut

09:00–10:00

From Print to Digital Fonts: Developments and Discontinuities in the Design of Indonesian Scripts

The historic writing traditions of Indonesia are characterized by scriptural plurality in which several distinct scripts saw overlapping use across various places, periods, and people. Today, the common use of traditional scripts has been supplanted by the Latin alphabet. Many revitalization efforts have faced difficulties in promoting the relevance of traditional scripts to contemporary society.… Continue reading From Print to Digital Fonts: Developments and Discontinuities in the Design of Indonesian Scripts

10:00–11:00

Exploring the Variety of Mediums in Filipino Type Design as a Means to Uplift the Graphic Design Industry in the Philippines

Distinguishing lettering from type design is a Western canon and is not applicable in the Philippines, where the local visual landscape is adorned by letters—regardless of medium—and devoid of categories. Clara Cayosa’s talk expounds on the current local type design scene through three case studies on art signs, customized blankets, and a particular Filipino folk… Continue reading Exploring the Variety of Mediums in Filipino Type Design as a Means to Uplift the Graphic Design Industry in the Philippines

11:00–12:00

Revival of Nguni Symbol Writing

This session examines a study of the indigenous knowledge of Nguni Symbol Writing and how it may be revived in South African contemporary visual practice and passed on to the next generations. Symbols are a means to convey messages, emotions, needs, and desires to each other—writing is a technology that facilitates these transmissions. It is… Continue reading Revival of Nguni Symbol Writing

12:00–13:00

Singapore Gothic: Discovering Singapore’s Typographic Vernacular in the Archives

Singapore was an important port town within the British Empire for more than a century before it rose to prominence as an island city-state within Southeast Asia. The typographic vernacular of Singapore bears traces of the various indigenous and migrant communities that form its multicultural core. This presentation will focus on hand-lettered commercial signboards from… Continue reading Singapore Gothic: Discovering Singapore’s Typographic Vernacular in the Archives

13:00–14:00

The Anti-Type Poem

The anti-type poem will sum up more than twenty years of typography, lettering, and calligraphy work from the Brazilian, California-based designer and artist Yomar Augusto. His work has evolved towards a deep experimentation in search of the merge of the classic and the contemporary. Within Augusto’s timeline performance, he will be using exclusively custom-made typefaces… Continue reading The Anti-Type Poem

14:00–15:00

Programming Design

In this presentation, André Burnier will share the development of his ongoing exploration—the intersection between graphic design and creative coding. This research can be divided into two approaches; first, using programming as a tool to design custom tools. These tools can have many purposes: design patterns, generate logos, manipulate images, or organize information into layouts.… Continue reading Programming Design

15:00–16:00

Arabic Type Lapse: Transformations from the Past

This presentation will illustrate the process of lettering and calligraphy transformation from the past to contemporary typography. It highlights research, process work, design, and implementations. Examples shown will include student work from the University of Sharjah, College of Fine Arts and Design.

16:00–17:00

Happy Fifth Anniversary, Variable Fonts

It’s been five years since OpenType 1.8 and variable fonts were announced at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw. Peter Constable will take a look at where this innovation in type is at after five years: What’s worked well? What are ongoing challenges? Has it been a success? This session will also consider some future innovations in… Continue reading Happy Fifth Anniversary, Variable Fonts

17:00–18:00

Silabario Amazónico: Building a Written System for Indigenous Languages

The 2016 Silabario Amazónico initiative is a proposal for a writing system for indigenous South American languages. Because it is an alpha-syllabary, or abugida, researcher Juan Casco used OpenType technology and developed a font for the writing system. This initiative allowed Casco to work with linguistics, anthropology, and programming professionals to create tools and methodologies… Continue reading Silabario Amazónico: Building a Written System for Indigenous Languages

18:00–19:00

TiposBR—Mapping Out the Brazilian Type Scene, One Font at a Time

In 2013, Henrique Nardi started TiposBR, an online spreadsheet cataloging all of the Brazilian typefaces he could find that had been published that year. He included each typeface’s name, authorship, foundry, the number of fonts per face, and release date. Nardi continued to update the list monthly. At the beginning of each year, he invited… Continue reading TiposBR—Mapping Out the Brazilian Type Scene, One Font at a Time

19:00–20:00

Get a Taste of the Hangul Type!

Recently, K-culture has become beloved all over the world. Do you want to sketch the name of your favorite K-pop stars with Hangul? Or do you hope to find a good matched Hangul font to pair with your Latin font? This workshop offers basic practical information about Hangul design. You’ll get to know the overall… Continue reading Get a Taste of the Hangul Type!

20:00–21:00

The Development and Dissemination of Juzhen FangSong Font

Mingyuan Sun reports on research on the history of print fonts, which studied solid historical data with consideration of specific historical backgrounds. The research preliminarily clarified important issues regarding Juzhen FangSong Font, such as the reasons for development, technical methods and processes, the composition of characters, usage, and historical facts of its dissemination to Japan.… Continue reading The Development and Dissemination of Juzhen FangSong Font

Saturday, 4 December 21

08:00–09:00

Amateur Observation and Recording

An urban resident, a design enthusiast, and a font user, Jiang Qinggong has observed and recorded daily characters in Shanghai from publications to the streets since 1995. At first, Qinggong just thought it was too easy for designers to make money with design—he wanted to use his spare time to find something challenging to try.… Continue reading Amateur Observation and Recording

08:00–09:00

Typographic Experimentation, “New Creatures” and Their Uses, Especially in Editorial Design

Unconventional, radical, and wild typographies whose leitmotiv is to be more conceptual than legible. Typographies that can be felt, perceived; typographies that vibrate, even shout from the paper or the screen; typographies that grab all the attention. Today, no one should be shocked by the visibility that letters claim for themselves. The factors that may… Continue reading Typographic Experimentation, “New Creatures” and Their Uses, Especially in Editorial Design

10:00–11:00

Tong Xiegeng and the Puzzle Map of a Thousand Character

This presentation begins with a set of old books from Zhou Chen’s own collection, the Puzzle Map of a Thousand Character. He will talk about the life of Tong Xiegeng, a Qing dynasty man, and his invention of the Fifteen-Piece Puzzle, analyzing the features of the Puzzle Map of a Thousand Character that Xiegeng designed.… Continue reading Tong Xiegeng and the Puzzle Map of a Thousand Character

10:00–11:00

Hanguel Metal Typefaces Are the Sailing Boat That Carries Our Spirit, Culture, and Technology

Professor Ryu Hyunguk: The modern metal type produced in and outside of Korea recorded the history of Hangeul typography, including the ideas, ideals, influences, and relationships that existed during the era. Hangeul fonts pursued gradual reform and changes rather than rapid revolution throughout the ages. How did Hangeul font designs develop during each era that… Continue reading Hanguel Metal Typefaces Are the Sailing Boat That Carries Our Spirit, Culture, and Technology

10:00–12:00

De lo manuscrito a lo tipográfico—entre el carácter y la razón

Durante siglos, la escritura ha permanecido oculta por la lengua y el habla. Sin embargo su grafía es mucho más que una representación del habla. Es lenguaje en sí mismo. Sus diferentes formas de formalización , desde lo manuscrito a lo impreso, han ido construyendo códigos de lectura que incorporan sentido al texto representado en… Continue reading De lo manuscrito a lo tipográfico—entre el carácter y la razón

11:00–14:00

Square Kufic Interactive Workshop

This workshop introduces participants to the main rules and guides of working with the Arabic Square Kufic Form and ways to create experimental forms inspired by it. Participants may use their own scripts to generate words that imply connection and communication.

11:00–12:00

Multiple Perspectives, One Family: A Reflective Case Study of Anek

More often than not, the design discourse surrounding large multi-script type families is dominated by narratives from the global North. These narratives almost always begin with a Latin typeface designed by a singular designer, while other scripts and designers follow their lead. The approach at Ek Type is an alternative, non-hierarchical one. Instead of starting… Continue reading Multiple Perspectives, One Family: A Reflective Case Study of Anek

12:00–14:00

From the Starting Point

From a country where, in the twentieth century, type design was mainly for signage, display, and logotypes and executed by architects to The Netherlands, where type design is related to writing, text, and printing history and back again; the practice of Trine Rask is focused on custom typefaces—where type design serves a purpose and works… Continue reading From the Starting Point

14:00–15:00

Finding Your Inner Compass

An inner compass is a set of principles to guide you through life and work and help you understand what things work and don’t work for you. It is an ongoing self-reflective practice, combined with mapping, planning, analyzing, and reevaluating your priorities, intentions, and needs. In this session, Maria Montes will talk about her independent… Continue reading Finding Your Inner Compass

15:00–16:00

The Art of Attire: Unpacking Ideographic Scripts in African Textiles

Earlier in 2021, Fungi Dube dove into a project entitled “Threads,” which highlighted the variable differences in African writing systems and focused on how African textiles constitute pictographic and ideographic scripts that have been at the base of African storytelling for many years. In “The Art of Attire,” this passionate Pan-Africanist will expand on this… Continue reading The Art of Attire: Unpacking Ideographic Scripts in African Textiles

17:00–18:00

Process: The Non-Linear, Messy, and Revealing Journey from A to B

Shrenik Ganatra will focus on the importance of process in getting from a problem to its solution. By citing several typographic solutions to problems/opportunities in the fields of exhibition design, print design, music, and branding, this presentation aims to educate and excite the audience about the design process. After all, this is the journey that… Continue reading Process: The Non-Linear, Messy, and Revealing Journey from A to B

18:00–19:00

Typewriter Fonts are Dead. Long Live the Typewriter Fonts!

As part of the investigation of his practice-based PhD in design, Crystian Cruz investigated more than 150 digital interpretations of typewriter fonts, from typefaces designed for computer programming and Hollywood scripts to those that emulate the raw aesthetic of typeset letters striking on paper. Cruz’s analysis of digital fonts then crossed over with his examination… Continue reading Typewriter Fonts are Dead. Long Live the Typewriter Fonts!

19:00–20:00

Why So Square? The Practical Issues of Transcultural Chinese Typography

The traditional typographic principles are often challenged in the contemporary graphic design practice and need to adapt to different languages, cultures, times, esthetics, technologies, etc. Same as Chinese typography, especially with its heritage, but also complicated issues related to the different, complex writing systems and the influences from many others. Certain elements and principles from… Continue reading Why So Square? The Practical Issues of Transcultural Chinese Typography

20:00–21:00

Convey the Brand Voice with Fonts

Through case studies, this presentation will explore how customized fonts play a significant role in brand building. For example, Coca-Cola delivers its brand culture through the use of customized fonts. Vivo shows its brand temperament through its fonts. Fonts not only transfer text content but are also the carriers of culture, character, and ideas.