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This page provides details of typography related events and conferences. It also provides links to some of the organizations that host such events. Return to current events.

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Denver CO. - 11 to 14 February 1999
This event organized by AIGI Colorado was cancelled. More details...

Gerard Unger:
A type design for Rome and the year 2000

Reading, England - 9 February to 12 March 1999
The exhibition shows working material for the typeface design and for the design of the signing system, accompanied by photographs and rubbings of ancient Roman examples of lettering from the Department's Lettering Collection. More details...

Lecture by James Mosley
'The Nymph and the Grot: the revival of the sanserif letter'

London, England - 24 March 1999
This lecture, by the curator of the Primitive Types exhibition, will explore themes set out in the exhibition and its accompanying volume. More details...

Unicode 14
Boston, MA. -22 March - 25 March 1999
Unicode 14 - a variety of tutorials and conference sessions cover current topics related to Unicode, the web, software and internationalization. More details...

Changing Font Technologies:
PostScript, TrueType, OpenType, Unicode

Jan Jose - 25 March 1999
What do they mean for you? More details...

Fugue and Canon, Letter and Spirit, Form and Content
New York, N.Y. - 30 March 1999
Lecture by Douglas Hofstadter, cognitive and computer scientist. More details...

Apple font technology briefing
Cupertino, CA. - 12 April 1999
Apple are holding a technology briefing covering their font directions for Mac OS 8.x and Mac OS X. More details...

John Downer:
Un créateur de caractères Américain à Paris.

Paris, France - 13 April 1999
John Downer will present examples of his digital fonts and painted signs and explain how the sign painting he has seen in America and Europe have each influenced his work with the brush and the mouse in special ways. More details...

Typo Berlin 99
Berlin, Germany - 15 April - 17 April 1999
The fourth FontShop conference.

Primitive Types:
the sans serif alphabet from John Soane to Eric Gill

London, England - 29 January to April 24 1999
Curated by James Mosley, and organized by The friends of St Bride, Primitive Types illustrates the history of the sanserif letter form since the late 18th century. More details...

Jost Hochuli:
an exhibition of his work

Leipzig, Germany - 25 March - 24 April 1999
Jost Hochuli has been awarded the City of Leipzig's Gutenberg Prize for 1999. The award will be made at a ceremony at Leipzig on 25 March. An exhibition of his work will be on display at Stadtbibliothek in Leipzig. More details...

For the Love of Line and Pattern:
Studies Inspired by Alphabets and Music

New York, N.Y. - 30 March - 30 April 1999
Exhibition of drawings by Douglas Hofstadter at Cooper Union. More details...

Unicode 15
San Jose, CA. 30 August - 2 September 1999
Unicode 15 - a variety of tutorials and conference sessions cover current topics related to Unicode, the Web, software and internationalization. More details...

Legacy of Letters Tour of Rome and Florence
Italy - 12 September - 22 September 1999
Legacy of Letters, a guided study tour of Rome and Florence, is now accepting registrations for it's Fall 1999 tour. More details...

The New School, New York, NY. 25 September 1999
This event has been cancelled. More details...

ATypI 99
Boston, MA. - 7 to 10 October 1999
The 1999 Annual Conference will be held from at the Bayside Expo & Conference Center, 200 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. More details...

TypeCon 2000
Westborough Marriott, Westborough, MA. - 16 to 18 June 2000
The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) has released preliminary details concerning TypeCon 2000. More details...

Colin Brignall TDC medal presentation
Stationers Hall, City of London, England, 2 June 2000
On June 2nd, the Type Directors Club of New York will be presenting a medal of excellence to Colin Brignall in recognition of his 30 years' contribution as type designer and type director. More details...

FONT, Sumner Stone,
Calligraphy and Type Design in a Digital Age

An exhibition at Ditchling Museum, England, 1 April - 11 June 2000
FONT explores the relationship between calligraphy, type and the new digital technology through the work of one of the world's greatest typographers, the American Sumner Stone. More details...

typo[media] 2000
Mainz, Rheingold-Halle, 21 - 23 June 2000
In the Gutenberg anniversary year, an innovative specialized event will be held in Mainz which now enjoys an international reputation, namely the typo[media] congress, which is devoted to the important subject of "Type in the Media". More details...

AIGA Advance for Design Meeting
The AIGA Advance for Design group will meet the evening of August 3 in central London. Topics will center around 'localizing the design of global products' and the relationship between user experience and networked environments. More details...

ATypI 2000
Leipzig, Germany, 21 - 24 September 2000
It has been confirmed that ATypI's annual conference this year will be held in Leipzig, Germany and will take place between 21 and 24 September, 2000. More details...

Work from Holland
(graphic design in context)

Brno, Czech Republic
On 21 June 2000, an exhibition of contemporary Dutch graphic design was opened in Brno, Czech Republic. The exhibition is part of the 19th International Biennale of Graphic Design in Brno. More details...

Typocrafters meeting
St. Louis, Missouri, 3 - 5 November 2000
The Typocrafters was founded in Chicago in 1937 by J. L. Frazier and others interested in 'the art and craft of printing and its history, type and typography, fine books, great printers, lettering, and binding.' Meeting mostly in the Midwest, the Typocrafters has met annually with the exception of a few years during World War Two. There are no bylaws, no official membership, no dues, no officers, and no ceremonies. Some attendees produce a keepsake for exchange, others do not. One of the reasons Typocrafter gatherings have endured is that they demand nothing more from an individual than to have an interest and to show up. More details...

Doors of Perception 6
Amsterdam, NL. 11 - 13 November 2000
Doors is an international meeting which brings together designers and other professionals with a shared aim: to suggest more valuable uses for the Internet than most of the e-commerce and entertainment services now being offered. The theme of Doors of Perception 6 is lightness. More details...

TYPO 2001
Berlin, Germany, 10 - 12 May 2001
Leading experts in graphics, design and communication will discuss the conference motto 'brands' in front of 1200 visitors in the House of Cultures in Berlin. The past TYPO conferences have proven to be the most important venue for the European graphic design community. Until 31st December 2000 FontShop offers a reduced rate for early applications. More details...

2001 HOW Design Conference
San Francisco, CA. 10 - 13 June 2001
The theme of this year's HOW Design Conference is based on a somewhat bold assumption - that we're living and working in what will surely be heralded as The Age of Design. More details...

TypeCon 2001
Rochester, NY. 13 - 15 July 2001
Confirmed speakers and panelists include Ed Benguiat, Matthew Carter, Joshua Darden, Chank Diesel, Rodney Shelden Fehsenfeld, Tobias Frere-Jones, Frank Romano, Brian Sooy, Terri Stone, and El Mack de los Toros. More details...

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C. 23 - 26 September 2001
This event was cancelled. Come find it - and many others - at AIGA's ninth biennial national design conference. Join 2,000 of the world's most engaged and motivated designers for an intellectual protest march, a stirring of the soul to action, a rough-and-tumble engagement of the visual arts to practical problems.

ATypI 2001
Copenhagen, Denmark, 28 - 30 September 2001
The ATypI 2001 annual conference was held in Copenhagen

Drunk with Type
Dumaurier Theatre Centre, Toronto, 2 - 3 November 2001
The Ontario College of Art & Design and the Type Club of Toronto have organized a weekend of typographic revelry. Keynote address Friday evening by Matthew Carter followed by a cocktail reception. Saturday includes presentations by guest speakers, panel discussions, audience participation in dialogue, discussion and debate, the New York Type Directors Club exhibition, sponsor's information tables, refreshments and a closing cocktail reception. For more information and to register on-line, visit

Printing history: new criteria
University of Reading, England, 11 January 2002
The Printing Historical Society and the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication are jointly sponsoring a one-day conference on 11 January 2002 on the theme 'Printing history: new criteria'. The objectives will be to promote a debate about the Society's commitment to recent developments in the printing industry. More details...

Typocircle: SEA Design
RIBA, London, 31 January 2002
Visit the Typographic Circle site for more details as they become available. After the lecture there is an opportunity to have a drink and talk type with your friends. Members £15, Non-members £20, Students £10.

Typocircle: Graphic Thought Facility
RIBA, London, 5 March 2002
An exploration of the ideas, themes and solutions that re-occur in the work of graphic designers Paul Neale and Andrew Stevens. They form GTF "Graphic Thought Facility" and their work profiled here includes: Posters, marketing material, packaging, publications, invitations, exhibitions graphics, etc. Visit the Typographic Circle site for more details.

Voice: AIGA national design conference 2002
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C. 21 - 23 March 2002
Voice: AIGA National Design Conference, originally scheduled for September 23 - 26, will be held March 21 -23, 2002 in Washington, D.C. Many of the originally scheduled speakers will be on the program, complemented by additional speakers and sessions that deal with the particular concerns of designers since September 11.

STA: NEW TYPE: 'New typography requires new typefaces'
Chicago, 2 April 2002
Type designer and Thirstype partner chester will discuss the implications of Erik van Blokland's statement that 'New typography requires new typefaces'.

STA: OLD TYPE and Design Get-Away
Wisconsin, 13 and 14 April 2002
Join STA (Chicago area) members in an exciting four-part field trip to Wisconsin. Drive up on your own, or car pool for this round trip of design, wood type, art and architecture.

Fonts & Logos Doyald Young
Orange County, CA. 29 April 2002
An AIGA Orange County event.

Typo Berlin 2002
Haus der Kulturen, Berlin, 9 -11 May 2002
See for more details.

St Bride Printing Library talks
Bridewell Hall, St Bride Printing Library, Fleet Street, London
The line-up of next year's St Bride Printing Library talks now includes

  • Tuesday, 15 January: Pauline Paucker, on the life and work of Elizabeth Friedlander.
  • Tuesday, 12 March: Graham Moss (human dynamo and printer of this month's poster) on the prolific and ever-interesting Incline Press, whose work will be on display in the St Bride exhibition room during January, February and March.
  • Tuesday, 21 May: Professor William S. Peterson, best known for his work on William Morris and the Kelmscott Press, on Nineteenth-Century Revivals: Typographical and Spiritual.

Linotype Font Technology Forum 2002
Heidelberg, Germany, May 2002 - cancelled
Due to the current economic climate Linotype has decided to postpone their 2002 Font Technology Forum. Here is a link to last year's event and one for Linotype's events page.

HOW Design Conference 2002
Orlando, Florida, 9 - 12 June 2002
See the How Design Conference Web site for updated details.

Identity/Integrity 2002 Brno - Icograda Conference
Brno, Czech Republic, 19 - 20 June 2002
An international Conference on the theme 'Identity/Integrity' is being planned by the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda) to take place in Brno, Czech Republic on 19 and 20 June, 2002. The Icograda Conference will be held concurrently with the 20th Brno Biennial, as a part of an exciting week of design events at the 'centre of Europe'. The Conference venue will be the Brno City Theatre.

Typocircle: Typo Tipple
London, 27 June 2002
"This is a members only event. Peter Walker, wine buyer at Tesco, typographer and former member of the Type Directors Club will host a wine tasting. Naturally, we will discuss the merits of wine labels and it is planned to open a competition for a wine label design." See the Typo Circle events page for details.

Typography: theory, history and education
Thessaloniki, Greece, 27 - 30 June 2002
From 27 to 30 June 2002 an international conference with the theme 'Typography: theory, history and education' will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece. The principal co-ordinator is the Press of the University of Macedonia (which will also host the event). The conference languages will be English and Greek, with translation facilities available. The conference Web site is due to go live at the end of February, however some information (in Greek) is posted on the University Web siteMore details...

Typocircle: Vince Frost
London, 9 July 2002
See the Typo Circle events page for details.

SOTA TypeCon 2002
Toronto, Canada, 12-14 July 2002
The Society of Typographic Aficionados has officially announced TypeCon2002: The Message and The Medium, July 12-14 Toronto, Canada. Information on speakers, workshops, and registration coming soon.

Typocircle: House Industries
London, 17 September 2002
"Yes, we have finally managed to pin down dates for House Industries to come over. The Typographic Circle organises a House Party with live music amd a presentation by House Industries. The venue is still to be confirmed. Tickets are expected to be on sale from mid-June onwards. So book early to avoid disappointment for missing what promises the biggest bash in the year." Visit the Typographic Circle site for more details as they become available.

ATypI 2002
Rome, Italy, 19 - 22 September 2002
The ATypI 2002 annual conference will be held in Rome.

Twentieth Century Graphic Communication
London, 24 & 25 September 2002
The Friends of St Bride Printing Library's first annual conference.

Typocircle: Cuban typography
London, January 2003
"Richard Frick, Swiss typographer from Zurich, has expressed his willingness to show samples from his vast collection of Cuban typography and talk about its history. Date to be confirmed." Visit the Typographic Circle site for more details as they become available.

ATypI 2003
Vancouver, BC. 24 - 28 September 2003
The ATypI 2003 annual conference will be held in Vancouver, Canada. More details...

Icograda 2003 Nagoya - Congress and General Assembly
Nagoya, Japan, October 2003
Icograda 2003 Nagoya will be a voyage of discovery, seeking to define the future of graphic design, delineate the attributes of the ideal designer, and exploring the role and relationship between the designer and the environment. The passengers for this voyage will come together from all parts of the world - a joining of creative minds, hands-on experiences, and experimentation.

Typo Berlin 2004
Berlin, 13 - 15 May 2004
The theme of the TYPO Berlin 2004 is what our name is all about: Type. An essential facet of our (analog and digital) lives. Recent advances in electronic technology call for new approaches to how we perceive and use type. From May 13th - 15th, 2004, graphic artists and media designers, advertisers, typographers and arts scholars will present their latest work and thoughts concerning the field of typography at the TYPO 2004.

D e s i g n I n q u i r y*
Portland, Maine. June 13 - 18, 2004
DesignInquiry is a working symposium, a collaboration of cross-discipline energies where, this year, participants will challenge, probe and expand the proposition: Truth and Message. Join Elliott Earls, Peter Hall, Melle Hammer, Jessica Helfand + William Drenttel, Natalia Ilyin, Douglass Scott, Nancy Skolos + Thomas Wedell, and Lorraine Wild in this evolved Maine Summer Institute in Graphic Design at Maine College of Art.

International Conference on Typography and Visual Communication
Thessaloniki, Greece, 24 - 29 June 2004
The efforts of those who have inspired and worked towards the realization of an 'International Conference on Typography and Visual Communication' in a small country like Greece, were completely justified by the success of the event with the theme 'history, theory and education' that took place in Thessaloniki in June 2002.

SOTA TypeCon 2004
San Francisco, 22-25 July 2004
Plans for the sixth annual SOTA conference are well underway! TypeCon2004: Type High will take place July 22-25, 2004, in San Francisco, California. The venue for the main conference program is the Hotel Nikko, a beautiful hotel in the heart of the city, just off Union Square. An ideal setting for TypeCon, the Nikko is tech-friendly and houses its very own art gallery.

Issaquah, WA. August 7 - 14, 2004
Intensive classes in a variety of lettering styles; hone your hand skills in developing and creating letters. Small classes, internationally known faculty. For more information, contact

ATypI 2004
Prague, 30 September - 3 October 2004
The ATypI 2004 annual conference will be held in Prague.

Bad Type
London, 18 & 19 October 2004
Bad Type, the Third Annual Friends of St Bride Printing Library Conference to be held on 18 & 19 October 2004 in London.

TypoTechnica 2005
London, February 2005
Linotype is organizing a 2005 TypoTechnica conference. The technically focused event will take place in London at the end of February. More details...

TypeCon 2005
New York, NY. July  2005
TypeCon heads back east for a big show in 2005. TypeCon2005 will be co-presented by the Type Directors Club, and will be hosted by the oldest design school in the United States, Parsons School of Design.

ATypI Helsinki 2005
Helsinki, Finland. 18 - 15 September 2005
ATypI will, as predicted, be happening in the frozen forests of Finland. It will take place at the Media Center Lume, which is located within the University of Art and Design (UIAH) in Helsinki.  

Wellington, NZ
TypeSHED11 , a full programme constructed from lectures, workshops, exhibitions and installations will create the possibility for social and intellectual exchange with passionate typographers and designers from about the world – Europe, the Americas, Asia, Pacific, Australia and New Zealand.

Robothon 2009
Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague
Held March 5th and 6th, Robothon will focus on the type design and production workflow. Sessions will address drawing, managing sources, class kerning, interpolation and generating and testing OTF. And of course scripting to glue it all together. We’d like to have some tool demo’s as well. And of course a couple of parties, people to meet and letters to look at.

Friends of St Bride Library Conference
St Bride Library, London
The eighth annual Friends of St Bride Library Conference, 23 and 24 April, will include a characteristically varied group of speakers on the topic of "Revival".

Justified West: A day of typography
Vancouver, BC
On Saturday April 25th, the Langara College Advanced Typography Program will host dedicated typography experts sharing their knowledge and experience. This is an international event and will host both industry professionals and students.

Berlin, Germany
TypoBerlin: 21–23 May, 2009

Typecon 2009
Atlanta, Georgia
The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) is pleased to announce that Typecon2009 will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, July 14-19, 2009.

Type Camp
Galiano Island, BC
At Type Camp Galiano, 9-14 August 2009, differing and convergent approaches to typography will be presented in a relaxed but structured program over five days. The instructors this year are: Dr Shelley Gruendler, international typography instructor and founder of Type Camp; Stephen Coles, Type Director at FontShop; the well-known typographic expert aka “TypeGirl”, Tiffany Wardle; and a visit from international type superstar, Marian Bantjes. All four will share their professional processes and typographic knowledge to help you become a better typographer and designer.

ATypI 2009
Mexico City, Mexico
2009's ATypI conference will be held October 26-30th in Mexico City. The conference theme is "The Heart of the Letter". This week-long event will consist of three days of workshops and small events held at Anáhuac University’s hilltop campus, and two days of main programming held in the Centro Histórico, the historic center of the city. All venues in the Centro, including the main conference hotel, are within easy walking distance.

Typographic Horizons
Birmingham City University, UK
Speakers and exhibitors for this one-day event are announced: Yomar Augusto, John D Berry, Henrik Birkvig, Eugenie Dodds, Will Hill, Marcus Leis Allion, Geraldine Marshall, Barry McKay, John Rooney, Ben Waddington and the Baskerville Project. The event will be held on November 18th. More details and booking information to follow.

Type Camp India
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Combine your type education with your travels! Type Camp India, 10-20 December 2009, will provide you with an opportunity to investigate and create while experiencing one of the most visually rich cultures in the world. Every morning is a studio and every afternoon is a workshop. You’ll visit local publishing houses, meet and work with street typographers, hold type walks in local markets, learn Tamil Calligraphy, and experiment with silkscreening, bookbinding, and printing. This is a camp that cares about exploration and context within typography. With typographic experts Dr Shelley Gruendler and Dr Rathna Ramanathan, you’ll expand your typographic abilities to create projects that will make your work stand out from your peers

The Future of Reading
Rochester, NY
Sponsored by the RIT School of Print Media and the RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press, the conference will be organized around 3 central themes: Reading & Writing, Media & Technology and Science & the Art of Literacy. The conference will be held June 9-12th, 2010 at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. More information will be posted to their website soon:

Typecon 2010
Los Angeles, CA
The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) is pleased to announce that Typecon2010 will be held in Los Angeles, California, August 17-22, 2010.

Atypi 2010
Dublin, Ireland
Stay tuned for more details about Atypi in Dublin!

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