Kerning Conference 2017
7 July, 2017

I had the fortune to attend my second Kerning conference last month. On both occasions I had a lovely time in the tiny village of Faenza alternating sips of espresso and wine while hanging out with some of the best people in type. Even though the conference itself is quite small (one day of talks, maybe roughly 200 attendees), there are two bonus days of workshops, and a few days before and after the conference to extend the experience. We happened to be there for 4 days and enjoyed every minute. It’s a testament to the IRL fun we had seeing as how I took hardly any photos. There were so many lunches, dinners, aperitivos, late night bars, etc. and I didn’t take a single photo. Nor did I take any inside the conference other than during the talks. It’s sad for showing off here, or for digital memories, but it was a great time.

Shoutouts to Antonio Cavedoni, Dan Rhatigan & Dan Reynolds who gave my three favorite presentations.


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Kyoorius Design Yatra 2015
24 September, 2015

About two weeks later and I’m about over the hangover from my first Kyoorius Design Yatra (KDY). For those of you unfamiliar, this was the 10th year of India’s foremost graphic design/advertising conference. India of course also has the more type-centric Typography Day, but quite frankly, that event is in a different class.

KDY took place over three days, of which I attended the second two. The initial day was a semi-separate event called “Digiyatra”, honestly I’m not so sure what that exactly entailed. I personally found two days to be enough; there’s only so much presentations, inspirations, socializing, and drinking I can absorb.

The main conference was surprisingly good. I’ve been to many design conferences, and I’ve lived in India for about a year, (and atteneded four Typo Days) so I had certain assumptions and biases going into the event. I’m happy to say that KDY exceeded all my expectations. That’s not to say it was perfect, but it was absolutely well done and worth attending.

Rather than write a long, descriptive account of everything, I’ll share my most enduring thoughts on the best aspects and what I think could be improved on.

 

The Best Parts:

The venue was amazing: it was held at the Grand Hyatt, one of Goa’s most luxurious hotels ★★★★★ And Goa is always a fun place to visit!

The entire event was very professionally organized. This included efficient check-in, handy programs, reliable sound and video, and truly important: good time management and sticking to the schedule.

The video screen was incredible, I’ve never seen a display like this at a conference. Rather than using projectors like usual, this stage had a massive LED display – like something you’d see at a concert. It featured an insane widescreen format, about a 1:2 ratio, and was probably roughly 15’ high by 40’ wide. The whole time I was fantasizing about getting up there and showing giant type samples! However, being LED, the resolution was pretty coarse. This caused some bad rendering for some slides and the colors or contrast were not always optimal. But there have to be tradeoffs sometimes…

The quality of talks was well above average. I walked away from the event recalling that most talks were really good. But then when I retroactively rated each talk, I did find that they weren’t all equal, but still, the majority were either good or very good (OK is still decent by my standards).

★★★ (Very Good) — 6 talks
★★ (Good) — 4 talks
★ (OK) — 4 talks
(Bad) — 3 talks

Also of note, most talks were about 40 minutes, and there were six that were shorter, about 15-20 minutes. The three presentations I actually ranked ∅ were of the shorter length.

Unfortunately Jessica Walsh gave the same talk as at Typo Berlin 2013 and Neville Brody showed mostly the same content from previous conferences. This was simply too bad for those that regularly attend conferences, but not much problem for the majority in attendance.

Every evening following the talks were FREE snacks and drinks (beer, vodka, whisky) for 3-4 hours! Each night was like a typical conference’s after party. But then the actual party on the final day was insane. It was scheduled to go till 3am, but I’m getting old and only lasted till 1:30 or 2:00 am.

The pricing model for the conference is very fair. I paid the full professional rate at the last minute and it was ₹17,000 / ~$250 / ~€225. They have student rates as usual, but best of all, they also offer a “Young Blood” category for professionals under 28yrs old. This is extremely generous because many recent grads may still be struggling with freelancing or taking low paying jobs or internships – so it’s great that this helps more to be able to attend.

I’d also like to say thank you to the organizers who generously included our latest Mota Italic type specimen in the conference goodie bags. We are grateful for that opportunity to get to reach out to so many people.

 

Critical Feedback:

It may seem silly, but my #1 complaint is that there were no name badges. Attendees simply received buttons indicating student, professional, and some 3rd category (maybe young blood?). I can’t imagine any reason why they neglected to make badges other than simply out of laziness. Money should not have been an issue and there was shortage of labor to manually assemble everything.

Conference badges are extremely useful for not only identifying peoples’ roles (attendee, helper, speaker, etc. + designer, developer, manager, etc.) but they also aid in learning new names. I for one need to see/hear someone’s name several times before it sinks into memory, so badges are a huge help. No one wants to have to ask someone’s name every time they meet. Badges are also useful to casually put names to faces, especially at such a large conference like KDY where it’s impossible to meet and speak with everyone.

I made the following tweet during the conference, and then got this reply from the organizer:

I’ve been to A LOT of design conferences, & #kdy15 is only the 2nd one w/out name badges. I can’t understand this terrible UX decision.

— Rob Keller (@rnkeller) September 11, 2015

Hey @rnkeller Have a conversation. Say hello. Meet people who look interesting not whose names are. Let’s meet today https://t.co/jgu06O2mLP

— Rajesh Kejriwal (@rajeshkejriwal) September 12, 2015

Please just make badges next year. It’s not that hard, and it certainly does not hurt or deter conversations – to just “meet people that look interesting” misses the point, but even so, with badges you can still meet interesting looking people.

Some good badge inspiration from David Jonathan Ross on how he made the unique badges for the Typographics conference (he even shared the code to generate them). Or create them in some other way, but please just make them, and make the type large and legible.

Seating was extremely hard to come by – especially if you were with more than 1 or 2 other people. Attendees had the terrible habit of claiming seats by leaving their stuff on them between sessions. I hope that in the future the organizers will simply announce that saving seats is forbidden. This is an easy and free improvement that almost everyone would appreciate.

The coffee was pretty bad, but even so, there was never enough of it. Coffee should always be available. However, the sugar cookies were extremely tasty!

This was not exactly a problem, but it was weird that there were numerous muscled security guards everywhere – they felt extremely out of place for a professional design conference. Maybe they were supplied/required by the hotel?

Finally, the traffic flow for getting in and out of the main hall was terrible.
1) The room was massive with many doors, yet there were only a couple doors open (they actually had all other doors bike-locked shut). This created huge bottlenecks to get in an out of the room, and this shouldn’t have been necessary. I timed myself once and it took over 5 minutes to get out of the room. Each time I was trying to leave I had the thought ‘I hope there’s no fire’.
2) The conference was so packed that everyone barely fit in the room. Too many chairs were forced into the space, leaving room for only one center isle, and one cross isle that went only 1/2 way through the room. Each row was so tight one could barely get past people sitting, but then there was no other way around them.
3) Not a huge problem, but it would have been nice if the main passage directly outside the hall would not have been used for lunch and coffee. This made the already busy area more crowded.

There were some 1400–1500 attendees, so space was bound to be limited, but there should be better solutions to most of these space problems. Or else, maybe the number of attendees should be reconsidered. I understand the desire to have as many guests as possible, but there are only so many that can fit into any given space and have a comfortable experience.

 

In Conclusion

This was a really great event, it was inspiring, fun, and I would highly recommend it to any designer. And although I felt there were several aspects that could have been better, those things didn’t deter too much from the overall experience. I have high hopes for Kyoorius Design Yatra 2016 and am sure it will be even better than this one! See you there again next year!

If you’d like to see more, you can find others’ moments from #KDY15 on Twitter and Instagram.


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TypeCon NYC 2005
13 August, 2015

Somehow I never got around to posting my photos and summary from this TypeCon. So now 10 years later (and during TypeCon 2015 that I’m sadly missing) it seems like the perfect time to finally post a bit of the memories.

This was a major event for me. Not only was it my first type conference, but I was participating with a solo exhibition of my ceramic sculptures, and it was held in my favorite city! Honestly I can’t recall so many of the talks, but do I remember meeting many great people that would soon become good friends.

First and foremost, I met Dan Reynolds in person – I had known of him online from his prodigious amount of comments on Typophile and for being “the Linotype Guy”. (I learned several years later that during TypeCon he had only just began his Linotype internship!) He did soon become a legit Linotype Guy tho, and he was the reason that I ended up at Linotype for a year myself – and that in turn lead me to start Mota Italic and stay in Germany for six more years, AND Dan is responsible for Kimya and I meeting… (so I owe quite a lot to meeting Dan!). Dan’s no longer a Linotype Guy; he has moved on to be part freelance type designer and part educator. I hope he can channel some of his former self-marketing prowess to make it big on his own. Go checkout his freshly updated website, and hire him to do something for you!

I was also fortunate to get to meet with Gerry Leonidas. I spoke with him about the possibility of attending Reading’s MATD program the following year (he actually tried to deter me from it)(he later said he uses that technique to get more hardcore applicants). I did end up at Reading University from 2006-2007 and it was an incredible, life-changing experience.

Yves Peters was another Typophile star that I still clearly remember meeting. We didn’t speak so much then, but I did say enough clearly demonstrate I was a silly American. The first conversation started something like: ME: (spoken with a sense of awe) “Oh, hi, you are Why-Ves!” YVES: “Hi, yeah I’m Yves.” (actually pronounced Eves (don’t be ignorant like me)). He is a wonderful friend that I am lucky to gotten to know better in the last decade.

I didn’t actually meet Dan Rhatigan during the conference, but I did get to see him topless and hear a lot about him during a presentation about typographic tattoos. Little did I know then that we would be roommates for the next year in Reading! He’s a great guy – even though he works at Monotype.

For much of the conference I was occupied with an exhibition of some of my ceramic sculptures. Once I heard the conference theme was “Alphabet City” I immediately contacted SOTA about the possibility of showing some of my work. I created a series of sculptures called “Alphabet Cityscapes” made of pixel typefaces extruded into 3D, city-like structures. The show was a lot of fun to do and I am still honored that they invited me to participate. Thank you again to Tamye and Shu for all the help in making this happen!

I have been lucky to attend six TypeCons in the last ten years – and hopefully I’ll get to see many more still! If you are ever considering going, I can highly recommend it. There are so many great people there and you never know who you will meet there or what may become of the friendships. That is true of anywhere of course, but TypeCon has an especially fun and inspiring atmosphere that you certainly won’t ever regret being a part of.


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TypeCon Washington D.C. 2014
7 August, 2014

This is not a proper review of the conference, but just my few highlights:

• Kimya and I gave a workshop on Devanagari type design on the first day. Unfortunately we didn’t take many pictures because we were a little too busy cramming in 2 days of material into one. We began by giving a few different presentation on Indian scripts and on the current state of lettering and type design in India. Then we unloaded a huge bag of books, specimens, newspapers, and ephemera (a la Fiona Ross) and the participants poured over them for a bit longer than we had budgeted for. Then once they had a better idea of how Devanagari looks and works they got into handwriting practice followed by calligraphy training. Finally the day was concluded with about an 1-1.5 hour demo and explanation of Glyphs 2 and how you can easily generate Devanagari fonts.

Tobias Frere-Jones gave the opening keynote presentation and it was really wonderful. Especially nice to see everyone’s support for him (but that was by no means a surprise).

• The famous Type Quiz was hosted by Stephen Coles and Nick Sherman. Thank god it wasn’t Allan Haley again. These guys did a great job, and I really hope they will do it again.

• Fiona Ross received the SOTA Typography Award. Congratulations, it’s much deserved!

• Had a great time :)


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Kerning Conference 2014
7 July, 2014

I missed the first Kerning Conference in 2013, but I made it to round #2 this year. My very short review of this short conference: it’s a great excuse to visit Italy. I decided to go just a week before mostly thanks to finding an extremely affordable flight and reasonable hotel deal (and the conference itself was rather cheap). The speakers or talks weren’t such a draw for me (which turned out to be a good thing, else I would have been somewhat disappointed). But with this mindset I was able to simply enjoy my trip, and not be dependent on incredible/inspiring conference performances.

The organizers did a wonderful job. Everything seemed smooth, the coffee was decent, food was tasty, location was great. But I must say, after attending, it’s not clear to me exactly who this conference is made for. Is it for Italians – to strengthen and inspire the Italian scene, or is it for foreigners to come see Italy? It seems to have been in some undefined middle ground. There was only one Italian presenter, and the others were very typical big names that you see at many other conferences. As a non-Italian visitor I would have liked to have seen more local voices, or at least different people from every other conference. But from an Italian perspective, Kerning is a nice excuse to lure the bigger names to this small city.

My only other organizational complaint was the lack of wifi. Us poor non-Italians didn’t get to contribute to the #keming twitter discussion. In lieu of not tweeting during the talks, I’ll offer up Twitter-styled commentary on each presentation. (The reviews were written a month later, and having not taken notes at the time, these are ultimately the long-lasting impressions.)

@ Francesco Franchi
It was great to see Francesco speak. He can make any news item interesting. I think he and Jan could work well together.

@ Ellen Lupton
Was way less crappy than at ATypI Lisbon. That was a relief. Her themes of narrative and  storytelling were fairly interesting.

@ Vincent Connare
Dalton Maag portfolio review.

@ Jan Middendorp
Jan was the highlight of the day with a non-typical design talk. We should open our eyes to the world around us, ignore less, care more, & do more.

@ Jessica Hische
Jessica is a charismatic presenter.

@ Erik Van Blokland
I’ve already seen this talk, but it’s totally re-watchable. Erik is such a hardcore nerd it’s utterly fascinating.

@ Elliot Jay Stocks
“Let’s look at the state of web typography now… Check out these blog posts of mine from 2 years ago… they are still relevant, nothing much has changed.”

@ Frank Chimero
My first time seeing Frank, I was hoping to finally understand what he’s about, but I didn’t. He’s great with Kickstarter tho.


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Typo Berlin 2014
21 May, 2014

Thursday: Kicking it off

Frank Grießhammer opened it up with a talk celebrating 25 years of Adobe Type. He showed his favorite obscure Adobe Originals typefaces, and released his latest design Source Serif (open source).

The talk by the Neon Museum Warsaw was supposed to have been great, but I was happy to finally see Vitaly Friedman from Smashing Magazine speak during the same time slot. That’s something tough about TYPO… there are at least two talks at once, and many times there are 3-5 simultaneous events (yes five things happening at the same time), so sometimes it’s difficult to see everything you may be interested in.

SNASK managed to win the title of worst talk of the conference. They didn’t live up to their silly motto of ‘make enemies and gain fans’. For me (and everyone else I spoke to) they only managed to lose any respect from us by wasting our time with their giant egos, terrible music, and lack of any content. I survived 32 minutes into the talk before leaving – which was about 20 minutes longer than I needed to make come to the stated opinions.

The day ended with another tough scheduling conflict: Yanone’s talk & Antithesis movie premier vs. 1000 free beers given away by FontShop. I took the opportunity to see Yanone’s film, but missed out on the beer. Even more unfortunate, the room was nearly empty as all but maybe 50 people chose the free beer.

Friday: The day of the Dutchmen

A video interview with Gerrit Noordzij started the morning. That was followed by one of the consistantly best parts of TYPO in the recent years: the Type Cooker workshop. Erik van Blokland and Paul van der Laan host a workshop for attendees to draw some type. I didn’t get a chance to participate this year due to the overwhelming popularity and limited seating. It’s ok tho, it’s nice when more new people get to try it out (side quip: there is no reason current t]m students should be filling the seats there). Later in the day Petr van Blokland spoke about Xierpa 3 (now open sourced) and explained a bit why designers should learn to code.

The day was wrapped up by the polarizing face-off between the irrelevant David Carson and the amazing John Hudson. This combination of a dusty famous guy and a scholarly, mostly behind-the-scenes guy clearly illuminates the divide in the conference attendees. I made a harsh tweet during the talk, and was acknowledged by the TYPO twitter account :) It took much effort to not reply that I can be much meaner and easily offended many more people. Having said that, most of the people who liked Carson would not have enjoyed Hudson (and vice versa)… So in all fairness, this pairing was the best of the entire conference.

Saturday: It’s all about the small room

My day began with the Type Cooker review – my favorite annual event of the last several years. Paul and Erik give hilariously educational critiques of the workshop results. Every year there are more and more people here to watch and learn, but unfortunately the “stage” area doesn’t get any larger.

All my favorite remaining talks were in the small “Show” room. (I saw 16 talks: 4 were in large hall, 9 were in the small room, 2 were on the free stage, and 1 was in the foyer.)(The small room consistently has the best presentations.) Adi Stern showed some wonderful projects and dealt with the difficult topic of the holocaust very sensitively. Alessio Leonardi donned his space-aged shiny silver suit, hat, and gloves to talk about the roots of Sci-fi type. Fritz Grögel presented some of his research on German lettering. And finally, Hakobo made a wonderful show of Polish vernacular typography.

Wrapping it up

I don’t know if it’s a compliment or critique, but TYPO is almost exactly the same every year. The venue, atmosphere, look, feel, quality, variety… it’s always the same. I think the organizers generally do a good job with the mix of presenters (even though much of it isn’t to my personal interest or taste – certain content is evidently more attractive to other demographics of the audience).

The one aspect that was radically different than the last years was the closing party. It is usually at a terrible club that no one turns up to until after midnight. This year’s Cafe Moskow venue was considerably better than in recent times, and the event was designed to get you there earlier. Starting at 10PM they had a food sponsor giving out tasty snacks. Shortly after there were a few special events held – a speed poster design contest, and a ridiculous performance by Jim Avignon. I would have been terribly belligerent towards these events, except there was plenty of extra space to completely avoid them and talk with friends. By time the DJs started it was late and most of my group of people were too tired to actually party… so most of us left.

The thing I appreciate most about TYPO is its convenience – it’s a 15 minute bike ride from where I live, and it’s nice that all my friends come here to visit for it. But, if I were to move away, I’m not sure if I’d come back for it. (Although maybe the thing to appreciate most about TYPO if you don’t live here, is that it’s a good excuse to come visit Berlin.) Still, every year (except the first) I walk away from the conference and then say to myself that it was fun but I’ve had enough and that I won’t go next time. In that regard it’s not so different from the morning after a night of drinking when you wake up and swear off all alcohol… well at least until next weekend.

One last comment: The goodie bag was filled with quite wonderful things this year. (Only the best things were photo’d above, but the reject pile was much smaller.) Typotheque, Bold Monday, and the Type Jockeys had great specimens – congrats guys, all awesome work! And while, on the topic of the goodie bag (and related to doing things the same as every year), again the actual goodie bag was ridiculous and will never be used by me. I wish they’d save some money and make a simple tote (as they did in 2012 for the theme “Sustain”), or maybe a shirt or something actually useful.


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Type Talks 2013
10 September, 2013

This was the third installment of the Type Talks conference, organized by David Březina and Anna Giedryś, and they have once again made one of the best type events I’ve had the fortune to attend. I happy to concisely report that this Type Talks was even better than the first one (besides the fact that I spoke at it)(and unfortunately I missed the second conference, so I can’t say how awesome it was, but I’m sure it was also great).

The Highlights:

• The event began with “Type Shorts”, an informal Pecina Kucha style evening of many quick presentations.

• David donned his finest bow tie to host the day!

• The venue was incredibly beautiful.

• All of the talks were excellent.

• The food was actually great.

• For a couple days, Brno was the center of the type community.

• I want to offer some criticism of the event, but I simply had a great time and really enjoyed it all.

Organizing a day like this is no doubt stressful and takes months of planning. At the intersection of event organizational stress and relief of successfully pulling it off, David claimed that this is the last time they will do a Type Talks conference. I hope it really was just the exhaustion speaking and that they will do it again in a few years!


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Typo Berlin 2013
26 May, 2013

This was my 6th Typo Berlin, and second as a non-paying attendee. It is a remarkable event insofar that that there are a ton of activities and things to see even when you aren’t actually paying for the event.


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Babel #1 »non-latin«
1 December, 2012

Quick summary: This conference was rather great.

Held at the HFG Offenbach school, Babel #1 »non-latin« was their first (of hopefully many), one day type symposiums. The format was compact, but jam-packed, and they did a fine job of keeping everything  on schedule and ensuring the audience stayed focused.

The day was primarily organized by Sascha Lobe the chair of Typography at the hvg offenbach. I can’t say much about him or his work, but he’s been with the school for about 3 years, and apparently he’s a pretty clever guy if you judge him by this day.

 

(1)
Johannes Bergerhausen kicked off the lectures presenting a brief history of digital type up to the current state of Unicode. His name wasn’t already known to me, but it should have been… He is one of of the inspired people behind the invaluable project Decode Unicode. [Plug: they even made an stimulating and beautiful book about the topic.]

(2)
The incredibly talented and productive Peter Biľak came up next. He showcased some of his recent projects (of which there are many) and spoke of his philosophy of how language, technology, and craft must all work together for type designers and typographers. Most importantly, you must check out his latest venture: the upcoming magazine Works That Work. I will be surprised if it comes out anything less that enthralling.

 

(60 minute lunch break!)

 

(3)
Shoko Mugikura enlightened everyone about the insane Japanese writing systems. Really, there can’t be many more convoluted ways to write than in Japanese. Me being someone completely ignorant about Japanese, this talk is fascinating – she covered everything from the basics of how Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji work to how to use use them in complex typographic situations. I must say, Shoko gave nearly the same talk at Typo Berlin earlier this year and I got even more out of it the second time around (plus she has gained much confidence with her public speaking).

(4)
It was a pleasure to see my good friend Oded Ezer here again. I have biasedly included extra images of his talk here… Oded chose to consciously ignore the “non-latin” theme and show a variety of new experiments. After a few videos, and one sound piece (commendable efforts, but certainly not quite as developed than his letter-works), he got into more type and Hebrew-heavy content. The two highlights were about his amazing work on Rutz/Vesper Hebrew, and on his unconventional design and illustrations for the “New American Haggadah”.

 

(30 minute break!)

 

(5)
Ben Wittner, of the studio EPS51, presented their excellent exhibition currently in Berlin: Right-to-Left. I was quite happy to meet him and learn more about this show… it gave me the motivation that I needed to finally make it to the gallery to see it in person. All I can really say, is that you are currently reading this from Berlin, then you should get right to Kunstquartier Bethanien (Studio 1), Mariannenplatz 2, 10997. It’s up till December 9th (2012).

(6)
Anchoring the day was the lovely Na Kim. I was not concously familiar with her before, but I already knew some of her work with Graphic. Her presentation covered a bit of Korean and bilingual design, but the majority were on her miscellaneous design projects.

 

(The end)

 

(Quick dinner with Oded)

(Bonus evening event at the Klingspor Museum)
This was an excellent finale to the otherwise nearly perfect day. A handful of us were treated to an evening at the Klingspor to snack, drink, mingle, and see some of what’s happening at the museum. It was nice to see the Schrift in Form 3 exhibition, and hear Stefan Soltek give a modest account of some of the museum’s collections.

So to Sasha and the hfg offenbach: great job* and please do this again next year!

 

*My only real criticism (still minor) is that next time they should maybe try ending with a slightly more ‘famous’ speaker. Unfortunately, many students left during the second break, and didn’t get to see the last two presentations. Maybe not knowing the speakers there made their laziness/exhaustion/beer-deficit-awareness  kick in and inspired them to leave a bit early. It was a shame they missed Ben and Na.


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TypeCon Milwaukee 2012
11 October, 2012

I was a bit nervous about this TypeCon after last year’s killer event in New Orleans. But I have to say that overall it was also quite fantastic, although utterly different. Unlike New Orleans, we saw almost none of Milwaukee; most of the time was spent in the conference hotel. We only briefly ventured out in the heat briefly to a few restaurants nearby… But the time in the hotel was perfectly enjoyable… they made it easy to not leave.

I registered for the conference so stupidly late that I missed out on the workshops Hamilton Wood Type Museum. I guess they were awesome – even if you were in the group with stuck on the broken down bus.

Let’s name drop a few of my favorite talks. Dan Rhatigan is always awesome. Even though he works for Monotype. If Monotype ever stops sucking it will be single-handedly because of him. Cyrus Highsmith was also great (he’s certainly one of the most unique and innovative type designers since Dwiggins). Dan Reynolds is the other awesome Dan… He can always manage to take some boring old historical topic and present it in a fascinating and entertaining way. If only more professors were like him! Patrick Giasson and Kamal Mansour presented their amazing Arabic typeface Bustani. I’m impressed with Patrick’s composure to calmly deliver an eloquent talk after an incredibly rude introduction by his former colleague Allan Haley. I probably would have punched him in the face as I walked on stage… Jo De Baerdemaeker also gave another excellent talk about Mongolian type. He is so passionate and informed about his topics, he is always a pleasure to hear. It was great to finally meet Craig Eliason of the Daily Pangram fame. His presentation on his obsession with pangrams was wonderful. The Moran brothers, Bill and Jim, spoke about their Hamilton Wood Type Museum and alerted us to their financial troubles and the uncertain future for the museum… Antonio Cavedoni shared his funny custom Stop fixation. Steve Ross made Mayan Writing Reform interesting and educational (he was also a great guy to finally meet).

Looking forward to next year’s event! Where will it be?


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ATypI Reykyavík 2011
28 September, 2012

Super quick summary:

The best ATypI ever? Quite possibly. Certainly the best I’ve had the fortune to attend.

Slightly more:

Much of the appeal of this conference was thanks to the magical location – and of course the people.

The talks were certainly mixed as usual.

Seeing tons of old friends was the best part of the conference. It does have a strange ‘club’ feeling to it being 75% of the same people each year… But it’s nice. It’s also great to meet some new people as well.

The venue, a brand new building called the Harpa Concert Hall, was incredible.

Reykjavik was a beautiful little city. It had a different feeling to it than anywhere else I’ve visited… it’s hard to explain. I really hope to go back sometime.


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Typo Berlin 2012
26 May, 2012

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