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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@MrBrezina at #typecon via @jvgaultney
3 August, 2014
@MrBrezina at #typecon via @jvgaultney

@MrBrezina at #typecon via @jvgaultney


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That blurry figure is Fiona Ross…
3 August, 2014

That blurry figure is Fiona Ross! So nice...

That blurry figure is Fiona Ross! So nice to see her again at TypeCon and congratulations to her for being this year’s SOTA winner!

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@typeoff is missing out on Koch at Typecon
1 August, 2014

@typeoff is missing out on Koch at

@typeoff is missing out on Koch at #typeoc

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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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Should have been on the type quiz…
5 August, 2012

Should have been on the type quiz last night: How many errors can you spot? Bonus: Who made this? #typecon2012


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Part 1 to that question is too long…
5 August, 2012

Part 1 to that question is too long to tweet. Part 2 is (surprise!) @fontlaberrors!


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@steveross1956 is so cool. Glad to have finally met him this #typecon2012 Now he’s up!
5 August, 2012

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typecon2012 is kicked off by @ultrasparky – a perfect start.
3 August, 2012

#typecon2012 is kicked off by @ultrasparky – a perfect start.


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Douche. Via: @typeoff
3 August, 2012

#typecon2012


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TypeCon New Orleans 2011
14 July, 2011

New Orleans! America’s second city (after New York)(my biased opinion). This TypeCon was awesome simply because of the location. It was ridiculously hot and humid, but between the ice cold hotel and the never-ending strips of bars with live music the weather was completely bearable.

The city had an interesting and unexpected effect on the attendees. Normally at every other conference after the last talk of the day people linger in the lobby for thirty minutes to an hour or more trying to figure out plans for the evening, where to eat, etc. Here though it was strange. Minutes after the final talks there was a rapid exodus and the hotel became empty. It was generally nice, being in smaller groups that varied from day to day. This made organization quicker as well as finding tables in restaurants easier. It was a welcomed contrast to the regularly 20-30 person groups wandering the streets for a large enough dinner table.

Since this was a conference I should mention a few highlights:

Ed Benguiat: Always a showman.

The Cherokee alphabet and a desperate cry for more fonts: Presented by Joseph Erb, Roy Boney, & Jeff Edwards, they explained the history and current typographic status of the Cherokee Nation.

The Type Crit: Extra special with Ed Benguiat giving his 4 cents at every opportunity. The spectacle concluded with a lettering showdown between Ed and John.


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The World’s Smallest Specimen Book*
24 March, 2010

world's smallest specimen book centerfold

This booklet was made for TypeCon 2008 in Buffalo. It is A7 when folded (meaning it is 2.8″ x 4″) with 16 pages + 8 different cover options. The pronouncement of “World’s Smallest Specimen Book” was not confirmed (or looked into at all for that matter), so there is a handy disclaimer*

* Possibly. Maybe.

Specimen book size not actually verified.
Well, this is for sure the World’s Smallest Specimen Book made in July 2008 featuring the typefaces Gemma, Vesper, Unicase Monospace, Aurora (codename), Chef, and Beefeater.

[Update] Here is one tiny specimen book that has firmly knocked me off my throne: Types in the Cases of William M. Cheney – from 1961. This is an incredibly hard to find book (finder’s fee for anyone who can pass one along to me!) but Typesticker has some nice photos of it up on Flickr.


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