TYPO San Francisco 2012: Connect
Europe's most successful design conference comes to San Francisco this April

It’s not who you know. It’s how you Connect!

Connect is a two-day conference bringing speakers from Europe and the East and West Coasts to the Yerba Buena Center for what promises to be a landmark event, the first TYPO Conference in America. Join our already confirmed speakers Neville Brody, Tina Roth Eisenberg, Oliver Reichenstein, Jessica Hische, Morag Myerscough and our facilitators Kali Nikitas and Erik Spiekermann. We’re also very pleased to announce our newly confirmed speakers below, who’ll be talking about what it means to Connect.


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Register now to take advantage of regular pricing and save $100! Grab your tickets for $500 each before they increase to $600 during the late phase starting March 1.

A limited number of student tickets are available at a reduced rate of $250.

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New Confirmed Speakers
  Michael Bierut  

Michael Bierut

Michael Bierut studied graphic design at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Prior to joining Pentagram’s New York office as a partner in 1990, he was Vice President of Graphic Design at Vignelli Associates. His clients at Pentagram have included The Council of Fashion Designers of America, The New York Times, The Museum of Arts and Design, United Airlines, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Harley-Davidson, Princeton University, the Morgan Library and Museum, Saks Fifth Avenue and the New York Jets. He has won hundreds of design awards, and his work is represented in the permanent collections of museums around the world. In 2002, Michael Bierut co-founded Design Observer, a blog of design and cultural criticism. Today, the site is the largest design publication in the world. In 2008, he was named winner in the Design Mind category of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards.

  Michael B. Johnson  

Michael B. Johnson

Dr. Michael B. Johnson leads the Moving Pictures Group at Pixar Animation Studios. His group is responsible for the design, implementation and support of the pre-production pipeline for Pixar features and shorts. This includes Story, Editorial, Art and the review process, as well as Production Management. His team works directly with the directors, editors, producers, production designers, art directors, artists and production folks who start the process of bringing Pixar stories to the screen.

  Jim Parkinson  

Jim Parkinson

Jim Parkinson was born in Oakland, California, in 1941. A neighbor who was a commercial artist got him hooked on lettering and he’s been puzzling over the alphabet ever since. Today he specializes in custom and retail font design and the design and repair of typographic logos for magazines and newspapers. He has designed exclusive fonts for a number of publishers including Adobe, ITC, AGFA Monotype, Chank, The Font Bureau, and FontFont. He also sells other font designs directly through MyFonts, Fonts.com and FontShop. His work includes logos for Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Esquire, Men’s Journal, Los Angeles Magazine, InStyle, the Detroit Free Press, the Dallas Morning News, the Los Angeles Times and many other publications. Jim’s font and logo designs can be seen on his web site: typedesign.com. Watch an interview with Jim on the FontFeed.
Parkinson Type Design

  Eva-Lotta Lamm  

Eva-Lotta Lamm

Eva-Lotta is a UX Designer and Illustrator based in London. She currently works as an interaction designer at Google. Previously, she headed the business design team at Skype, worked as interaction designer for Yahoo! and as lead designer for Kahn + Associates in Paris. Besides her daytime mission of making the web a more understandable, usable and delightful place, she regularly takes sketchnotes at all sorts of talks and conferences and recently turned these into a little book.

  Kutlu Çanlıoğlu  

Kutlu Çanlıoğlu

Kutlu Çanlıoğlu is Senior Creative Director for BBC World Service, a role where he is responsible for the user experience and design of 27 different language services, including those in Arabic, Russian, Mandarin, Hindi, Urdu, and Spanish. At the BBC World Service he runs a team that designs news websites and mobile products across nine different scripts as well as the multilingual content management systems that drive them. He is also responsible for info-graphics and data visualization projects to support the 24/7 multilingual news coverage for diverse audiences around the world.
BBC World Service

  Mike Monteiro  

Mike Monteiro

Mike Monteiro is the co-founder and design director of Mule Design, an interactive design studio whose work has been called “delightfully hostile” by The New Yorker. He prefers elegant, simple sites with clear language that serve a real need. He prefers that designers have strong spines. Mike blogs frequently about the craft and business of design. In early 2011, he gave a Creative Mornings talk entitled “F- You, Pay Me” that uplifted the downtrodden the world over, and he can be heard weekly as the co-host of Let’s Make Mistakes with Katie Gillum. None of the terms Mike has coined are printable on a family website.
Mule Design

Workshop Preview
Carolina de Bartolo

Explorations in Typography Workshop

Learn how to take command of your text type and set it legibly, hierarchically and beautifully. Carolina will share some of the common and not-so-common ways to indicate paragraphs from her book, Explorations in Typography: Mastering the Art of Fine Typesetting.

Carolina de Bartolo is a typography and design history educator in San Francisco and the author and creator of Explorations in Typography and its brand new companion app. She developed the Explorations exercises in her book to help her students practice both “in sport and in earnest” and eventually discover their passion for the art and craft of fine typesetting.

More about Explorations in Typography >

New Bohemia Signs

New Bohemia Signs Workshop

In this workshop, Damon will introduce, just as he does for novice apprentices at New Bohemia, the basic materials, strokes and methods of brush handling to produce your own single-stroke gothic alphabet, and casual (or “speed”) letters.

Damon Styer took ownership of New Bohemia Signs in 1999, after an abbreviated apprenticeship-by-telephone. He derives the greatest pleasure in his work from providing a place for young artists to learn the rules and tools for developing an efficient brush lettering practice they can carry into their future endeavors. New Bohemia Signs, in San Francisco, has been producing exclusively hand-painted signs, in enamel and gold leaf, since 1993.

More about New Bohemia Signs >

Need a hotel?

Traveling to San Francisco and need a hotel? With countless options of accommodations, the Travel Guide will help you find a place to stay based on dates, price range, and neighborhood. Stay close to the TYPO venue (SOMA/Yerba Buena), or choose another part of town to give you just the right San Francisco experience.

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San Francisco
After Party at Public Works, Sponsored by Adobe

We’re thrilled to partner with Public Works and Adobe to host the TYPO after party. Public Works hosts a variety of events ranging from art exhibitions to dance parties to workshops. After two days of inspiring, invigorating presentations and making new friends, you’ll get to celebrate the experience by dancing the night away.

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