Type Drives Communities: a two-day TDC conference on the power of type
The Type Directors Club is pleased to present Type Drives Communities, an international conference exploring the ways in which people use typography to form and transform creative communities.
Typophiles are welcome to join the event virtually on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8, 2021 for two half-days of illuminating talks, presentations, and group discussions spanning design disciplines and local and global communities.
This year's conference aims to highlight communities that use typography to pursue a common purpose, establish intergenerational connections, and spark and sustain change.
"What do their strategies suggest about how we might navigate the challenges of our present moment of physical distance and virtual connection?" is one of the many challenges the type community faces and throughout this virtual festival of typography the creative industry takes certain stage.
On top of it, TDC Members from around the world will take us on a highly visual tour of their home citiy and the typographic forms they see and how it influences their design sensibilities.
During the conference Laura Meseguer will give us her perspective of Barcelona, Spain, Ariel Seoane will introduce us to Montevideo, Uruguay, Giang Nguyen will explore type in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Parachute and Typeroom's very own Panos Vassiliou and the team will guide everyone in Athen's diverse typographic identity.
Following is the schedule for day 1:
Friday, 7 May 2021, 12:00 - 12:40
Prem Krishnamurthy - Wkshps
The pandemic has slowed down the world on both macro and micro scales. How can today’s designers embrace an unfamiliar tempo? Weaving together theory and practice, this keynote talk by polymathic designer Prem Krishnamurthy explores how typographic irregularity and aesthetic friction can work towards complexity and comprehension beyond consumption.
Friday, 7 May 2021, 12:45 - 13:45
Mariana Álvarez Uribe - Independent Type Designer
Yani Arabena - Yani&Guille
Fernanda Cozzi - Independent Type Designer
Rubén Fontana -
Sol Matas - Practica Program
Ale Paul - Sudtipos foundry
Diego Vainesman - 40N47 Design
Guille Vizzari - Yani&Guille
Up until the early 1980s most of the Latin American typographers were looking up to their peers in the north. In Argentina the recovered democracy opened the doors to professionals, teachers, and students to study the unexplored field of typography in their own language. Today, the world is, also, looking South.
Friday, 7 May 2021, 13:50 - 14:40
Designing Noto Sans Nüshu to join the large Noto Sans family brought me into multiple unfamiliar territories, both theoretically and literally. But thorough research, explorations, exchanges with the actual users of Nüshu combined with a focus on the script's nature made it possible, even during pandemic times.
Friday, 7 May 2021, 14:45 - 15:05
Ariel Seoane - Buena Letra Shop
TDC Members from around the world take us on a highly visual tour of their home city and the typographic forms they see and how it influences their design sensibilities. Ariel Seoane gives us his perspective of Montevideo, Uruguay.
Friday, 7 May 2021, 15:10 - 15:55
Having designed books for more than a decade, I have never imagined I would create a design book club during lockdown. During these challenging times, while many of us had to leave our studio spaces and adapt to work remotely, it has also brought me into many questions regarding the local graphic design landscape and how to use our screens to start a honest and open dialogue with designers from several parts of Brazil and abroad.
Friday, 7 May 2021, 16:00 - 16:20
Panos Vassiliou - Parachute Typefoundry, Typeroom
TDC Members from around the world take us on a highly visual tour of their home citiy and the typographic forms they see and how it influences their design sensibilities. Panos Vassiliou gives us his perspective of Athens, Greece.
Friday, 7 May 2021, 16:25 - 17:10
Paul Soulellis - queer.archive.work
How can typography resist and loosen power? From stylistic considerations to political activism to issues around legibility, authority, failure, and control, this talk presents an incomplete survey of typography, designers, and practices that agitate and refuse normative definitions of typographic success. Drawing from the past and from contemporary practices, "What is Queer Type?" explores how queer history and queer methodologies manifest in the shaping of written language."
What is Queer Type? @soulellis from https://t.co/hQn60PO1rr will attempt to answer this question by sharing his discoveries from stylistic considerations to political activism to issues around legibility, authority, failure + control at #TypeDrivesCommunities this May 7 - 8— Type Directors Club (@typedirectors) April 20, 2021
Following is the schedule for day 2
Saturday, 8 May 2021, 09:00 - 09:55
Hussein Alazaat - ALAZAAT Design Studio, wajha.org
A visual journey in our past projects in different Arab cities, also shedding the light on Wajha’s typographic treatments and utilizing the Arabic calligraphy to serve a more advantageous communication in each local neighborhood.
Saturday, 8 May 2021, 10:00 - 10:15
Giang Nguyen - Behalf Studio
TDC Members from around the world take us on a highly visual tour of their home citiy and the typographic forms they see and how it influences their design sensibilities. Giang Nguyen gives us his perspective of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Saturday, 8 May 2021, 10:20 - 11:05
Jo Malinis - Plus63 Design Co., now under Hydra Design Group
Type63 was founded on Instagram out of a desire to discover other type designers in the Philippines. More than 200 featured works later, its goals have shifted: collect all the big questions about Filipino type identity and try to answer them together as a community.
Saturday, 8 May 2021, 11:10 - 11:55
Andreu Balius - Type Republic, The Typecraft Initiative
Ishan Khosla - The Typecraft Initiative
Typecraft Initiative develops a range of display typefaces based on the rich crafts and tribal arts of India. While the end product is a font, the goal of the initiative goes much further. Typecraft is interested in raising larger socio-geopolitical issues such as gender and minority rights through the creation of its typefaces. Working on letters with women in a largely patriarchal society — where more boys are sent to school than girls — makes a statement by reinforcing connections between letters and women which sometimes leads to changes, even if small, in these communities. Each community can be identified by their unique use of motifs and icons manifested in the crafts they make and wear. Typecraft is then a call to action both symbolically and practically, to raise questions about marginalized communities, their identities, and the role of women, who, through their crafts, shape and reshape this identity.
Saturday, 8 May 2021, 12:00 - 12:15
Laura Meseguer - Laura Meseguer
TDC Members from around the world take us on a highly visual tour of their home citiy and the typographic forms they see and how it influences their design sensibilities. Laura Meseguer gives us her perspective of Barcelona, Spain.
Saturday, 8 May 2021, 12:20 - 12:55
Julio Martinez - studio1500
A look at an ongoing collaboration between the San José State University BFA Graphic Design Program and La Cocina, a food business incubator in San Francisco. The project brings together emerging design students and aspiring entrepreneurs to share design solutions, business insights, and delicious food.
Saturday, 8 May 2021, 13:00 - 14:00
Tapiwanashe Sebastian Garikayi
Saki Mafundikwa - Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA)
Osmond Tshuma - Mam'gobozi Design Factory
Inspired by an older generation of designers, and through the influence of educators and mentors such as Saki Mafundikwa and Chaz Mavhiyane Davis, a younger generation of Zimbabwean designers are looking within, and have drawn inspiration from local and African cultures. They’ve created designs, spaces, and networks that celebrate their own identities and have allowed them to inspire other designers worldwide.
Inspired by an older gen of designers, + through the influence of educators & mentors such as @sakimaf + Chaz Mavhiyane Davis, a younger gen of Zimbabwean designers are looking within, + have drawn inspiration from local + African cultures. Check it out at #TypeDrivesCommunities— Type Directors Club (@typedirectors) April 27, 2021