As usual the conference takes place in Cinema Teatro Sarti, on Friday June 5. The conference day is preceded by two days of workshops. On Thursday, June 4 Smashing’s Vitaly Friedmann will teach the attendees clever tips, tricks and techniques for responsive design. The three other workshops last two full days, from Wednesday, June 3 to Thursday, June 4. You can learn to master the Spencerian script from the golden age of penmanship with Barbara Calzolari; an etching and letterpress workshop is jointly organised by Studio Battaglia on day one and La Vecchia Stamperia on day two; and Francesco Franchi and Nicholas Felton will reveal the ins and outs of the new aesthetic of the data narrative. The last workshop is completely sold out; but there are still rare tickets for the other workshops.
The day of presentations on Friday, June 5 kicks off with type designers Laura Worthington showing how digital script fonts can achieve a natural, organic, authentic appearance; and Tobias Frere-Jones investigating letter forms as a means of security for citizens and governments alike, thwarting forgery in plain sight and in secret. After the coffee break illustrator Marco Goran Romano teaches us a different way to tell stories; and writer, author and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine Vitaly Friedman how to improve web fonts performance. typographer and professor at HBKsaar Indra Kupferschmid will make sure you don’t doze off after lunch with her examination of typefaces in all of their forms and applications. Information architecture and data visualisation are the topics of the next two speakers, respectively the founder of Information Architects (@iA) Oliver Reichenstein, and Nicholas Felton of the Feltron Personal Annual Reports. The closing keynote will be delivered by type designer Bruno Maag of Dalton Maag who will explore what needs to be considered when designing type for a digital world, to make it work across different applications and environments, and maintaining the aesthetic integrity.
The three intensive days are capped off with the Typekit party. There are also additional possibilities for the discerning type lover – visit the small exhibition of 50s and 60s posters and lithographic stereotypes by Litografie Artistiche Faentine in Botterga Bertaccini Books of Art, or discover the beautiful lettering on tombstones from the late 1800s to the early 1900s in the Cimitero Dell’osservanza. And don’t forget Faenza is the home of the International Pottery and Ceramics Museum MIC, one of the most important museums of its kind in Europe. So what are you waiting for? Grab one of those last tickets and enjoy a three-day immersion in all things typographic in beautiful Faenza in Italy. You won’t regret it.
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