Arenberg Theater, Antwerp
11 – 15 September 2018
ATypI, the Association Typographique Internationale, is the global forum for those interested in typography, including graphic and typographic designers. The international conference of the same name, which has been held since 1957, includes lectures, workshops, and events and will take place in Antwerp this year.
This year’s theme is “Type Legacies: Honouring the Heritage, Designing Type Today”. The traditions of typography will be reflected and their influence on current processes and future developments will be examined. Visitors have the opportunity to register in advance for half-day or full-day workshops covering a wide range of topics: learning Chinese calligraphy and Hebrew characters, designing their own typefaces, obtaining insights into work processes relevant to type, and looking back at the beginnings of typography. The main conference will be held in the historical Arenberg Theater, while the numerous workshops and events will take place in various locations around the city, such as Hogeschool Antwerpen and the Plantin-Moretus Museum. Amongst the main speakers are the well-known type designer, Matthew Carter, who has sixty years of experience in typeface development under his belt, the graphic designer Sara De Bondt, who is committed to the public accessibility of education in the fields of graphic design, art, architecture, film, and literature, and the engraver Annie Bocel, who specialises in printmaking. In addition to the lectures and workshops, there will be inspiring exhibitions and interactive presentations as well as the opportunity to make contacts and exchange ideas. The delegates at the conference will include professionals involved in the creative industries, such as typographers, graphic designers, software developers, project managers, authors, and teachers as well as students and people from all around the world who are interested in the subject.