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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, editorial direction, international diffusion, educational events, and the reasons behind its closure and the magazine spinoffs. Additionally, this presentation will touch on the significance of the publication to the typographic community in Argentina and Latin America at the turn of the twentieth century, providing reference literature on graphic design and typography in the Spanish language. This research is part of the dissertation submitted by the author for the MRes Typeface Design program from the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication at the University of Reading in September 2019. It points out that despite its relevance and contribution to the design and typography communities, the Argentinian magazine is hardly mentioned when the typographic periodicals subject is considered. By demonstrating the significance of tipoGráfica to the emergence of Latin American digital typography, this presentation questions the canon of twentieth century typographic periodicals, which neglect significant publications produced outside Europe and the United States.


Mr. Deiverson Ribeiro

Font developer Dalton Maag

Deiverson Ribeiro is a Brazilian typeface designer and researcher based in São Paulo. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Graphic Design from the Federal University of Pernambuco, and a postgraduate diploma in Type Design from the University of Buenos Aires. Ribeiro has a background in editorial and package design. In 2014, Ribeiro joined Dalton Maag as a font developer, working on both internal and client projects. In 2019, Ribeiro graduated with distinction from the MRes in Typeface Design at the University of Reading.