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Typographics - A conference for people who use type

April 29, 2015 by
Yves Peters
Yves Peters

The typography conference schedule for this season promises to be packed. After the TYPO conferences in San Francisco and Berlin this month – I facilitate the Screening Room at the former and give a presentation about the #AdobeTypeUI effort at the latter – you have the choice between no less than three events in June alone. The third edition of Kerning Conference takes place from June 3 to 5 in Faenza, Italy, and ISType 2015 “Swift” from June 12 to 14 in Istanbul, Turkey. Typographics is the new kid on the block. This conference organised by Type@Cooper and the Herb Lubalin Study Center will be held at Cooper Union in New York, USA from June 8 to 18.

Typographics is advertised as “A conference for people who use type”. It is “devoted to contemporary typography, with talks, workshops, and tours focusing on where typography is today and where its future may lie.” Details of the talks on Friday June 12 and Saturday June 13 were just added to the schedule. The line-up is rather impressive, featuring both veterans and new voices in the design and type business. The bright and fresh identity designed by Nick Sherman reflects this through the use of the buxom 70s display face Stilla – one of my Sexy Types – in combination with the crisp contemporary interpretation of Schadow by David Jonathan Ross. The special events on Sunday still need to be announced.

Details of the workshops and tours are already available. The workshops range from the analog to the digital, from timetested techniques on paper to the most up-to-date programming. The blog provides more information about the events and topics related to the conference; new postings will be added soon. The organisers are also about to announce a “Typographics Lab” lead by Petr van Blokland.

If you are planning to attend what looks like a great first edition of Typographics, now would be a good time to register. Early bird prices are currently available, but they are only valid until tomorrow, April 30, so don’t procrastinate!