January is a tough time. What with the post Christmas/New Year lull, the incessant need to get back to the gym, avoidance of alcohol and the ever painful decision of turning down the last biscuit in the packet really makes this the least fun time of year.
One could say some of the Typographic Dialogues at ATypI were of a rather corporate nature, and some of them even became heated discussions, especially those between representatives of big companies and designers. If you want to dip into the technical aspects first, please read Part 1 of my ATypI review. For a focus on teaching type read Part 2. In Part 3 you will find striking intercultural aspects. With Part 4 we try to understand some corporate issues, by examining history too.
The Typographic Dialogues – initiated by ATypI and continued during the coffee breaks, in the evenings and even on the Barcelona beach – brought together type aficionados from all over the world. You can hardly get any more intercultural than this! If you are the conscientious type and haven’t done already, you might want to read part 1 of my report first (type design tools and technical issues), as well as part 2 (teaching type design). This third part focuses on some striking intercultural aspects of the conference.
These are the final days of 2014, so it is high time to consider which calendar to get for the new year. The tear-off calendar that has become a fixture on any self-respecting typophile’s desk or wall is Typodarium, which makes you discover a new typeface every day. It is the secret weapon against typonotony, a (fortunately) curable form of typographic monotony, frequently manifested through the constant use of always the same font (in most cases Helvetica).