Typomania 2020: the stars, the contest & the power of collaboration in Russia’s upcoming typographic fest
“Dear friends! We, Alexander Vasin and Natalia Velchinskaya, are founders of Typomania Festival. In connection with recent events, closing the frontiers and understanding the responsibility for the health of festival's visitors we are starting Plan B. It means that we continue our preparations for all Typomania exhibitions but all live performances will be turned into online broadcasts” says the announcement of Vasin and Velchinskaya, the creative forces of Typomania 2020.
Held annually since 2012, the Moscow International Festival Typomania is regarded as the most fun Russian design event by many.
With COVID-19 cancelling one live event after another Typomania is going full force digital with a live broadcast to inspire and provide more insights on the state of the graphic design, type design, calligraphy and more in 2020.
With a variety of speakers ranging from graphic designer Jonas Voegeli to calligraphers Olga Kovalenko, Michel D’Anastasio and Sigrid Artmann, through type aficionados such as Paratype’s Alexandra Korolkova and Daria Petrova to creative forces such as Tania Alvarez Zaldivar and Dafi Kühne, Typomania 2020 is about to unleash plenty of insights and inspiration online.
“On May 30-31 and June 6-7, the online visitors to Typomania will meet with stars of graphic design, typography, calligraphy, type design who will come to the festival from all over the world to tell about themselves and their projects. The lecture program will be divided into several blocks: Type, Calligraphy, Book, Video, Poster, Special Projects” with this year’s theme being as relevant as ever.
Typomania 2020 is all about „Collaboration“, about teamwork and collective projects.
In the event of this year's festival Typomania 2020 developed a Wisdom generator for wise advice anywhere.
Designers, illustrators and all lovers of letters, words and free suggestions are invited to participate in the design event "Wise poster" which you may enter here.
In regard to Typomania 2020’s large exhibition program everything will go as planned, but due to the pandemic all live performances will be turned into online broadcasts.
Last but not least this is a kind reminder to enter one of the main events of the festival aka Typomania's video contest.
The contest exists from the very beginning of the event is a creative fest of type-infused videos with participants ranging from designers, motion designers, animators — both students and professionals alike.
Entry submission for Typomania 2020 video contest, curated by Vasily Shikhachevsky, is open till May 1 2020.
The works will be evaluated by an international jury and both the results and the awards ceremony will take place during the closing ceremony on June 7 2020 in the Museum of Moscow.
For detailed terms of the video contest (specs and more) check here.
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