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Eye Archive // Opening Keynote - Hello World: Where Design Meets Life // Reception // Night Concert - Gradus ad Parnassum // Special Event Dinner & Dr Peter Karow Award Presentation


Eye Archive

18:00 − 19:30 : Aula / Oude Lutherse kerk


On Wednesday 9 October, Eye magazine will be hosting the latest in its irregular series of “Archive Nights” at the Aula – Oude Lutherse kerk in Amsterdam. Over the past year or so, the international design quarterly has organised similar events in London (at the V&A and St Bride Library) and New York during Monotype’s Pencil to Pixel exhibition.

The format is simple: half a dozen interesting people – designers, academics, historians, writers – each select an item from the archive in question, and talk about it for five or ten minutes before an audience. The short talk can be illustrated with slides, or with a visualiser to project details of the item(s) in question for the audience.

For the October event, which coincides with the beginning of the annual AtypI conference, the archive is that of the Special Collections of the Library of the University of Amsterdam.

The guest speakers include designer Joost Grootens (see Eye 78), Mathieu Lommen, Dutch design legend Irma Boom, type designers Gerard Unger, Nadine Chahine and Experimental Jetset. The event will be chaired by Eye editor John L. Walters and Eye art director Simon Esterson.

Eye is the world’s most beautiful and collectable graphic design journal, published quarterly for professional designers, students and anyone interested in critical, informed writing about graphic design and visual culture. The magazine was founded in 1990, and became fully independent in 2008, when Esterson and Walters bought the magazine in a management buy-out.




Opening Keynote

Hello World: Where Design Meets Life

17:00-19:00 : Aula - Oude Lutherse kerk


Alice Rawsthorn will set the scene for Point Counter Point by discussing a central theme of her new book “Hello World: Where Design Meets Life”: the impact of typography and other areas of design on our lives, past, present and future.



Typeradio in collaboration with Doldie Noorduijn will bring once again to life on stage Stripsody, a musical piece originally written and performed by Catherine Berberian in 1966.


tdc Medal presentation

Type Directors Club will be honoring Gerrit Noordzij in a ceremony during the ATypI conference this October in Amsterdam. Mr. Noordzij’s colleague, Mr. Peter Verheul will be presenting an overview of his work.

tdc Executive Director Carol Wahler and tdc board member Nick Sherman will be presenting Mr. Noordzij with the tdc Medal. This will be the 26th medal presentation in the 46-year history of this honor.

The tdc Medal is awarded to individuals and institutions who have made major contributions to the field of typography and to expresses collective gratitude to those who by their work and talent have shown the value of a heightened awareness of typography in communication.




19:00-20:30 : UvA Bijzondere Collecties Museumcafé


Following the opening keynote ceremony there will be a reception for ATypI attendees at the UvA Special Collections Museum Cafe. Selected materials from the Special Collections will be on display. This will be a great opportunity for the attendees to network with some of the best type designers, typographers and graphic designers.



Night Concert: Gradus ad Parnassum

19:30 - 21:00 : Grand Ballroom / Hotel Krasnapolsky


A mostly Bach-oriented concert performed by Katharina Lemberg (violin) and Werner Lemberg (harpsichord), interspersed with dialogs from Johann Joseph Fux’s famous book on counterpoint (after all, the central theme of this year’s conference) Gradus ad Parnassum from 1725, references to David Cope’s Experiments in Musical Intelligence (EMI) project, and the 18th-century dice game named Musikalisches Würfelspiel.

The concert will be entertaining, informative and interactive. Step for step the audience will be guided closer to Parnassus. It will be moderated by Frank E. Blokland and Dave Crossland.



Special Event Dinner Dr Peter Karow Award Presentation

19:30 − 21:30 : Winter Garden / Hotel Krasnapolsky

The third Dr. Peter Karow Award for Font Technology & Digital Typography will be presented at the ATypI Dinner. This award is presented once every five years to an individual who has made an exceptional and innovative contribution to the development of digital type and font technology. This year’s award is being sponsored by the Dutch Type Library and Adobe.