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Special Events

Running parallel to the main conference, ATypI features a series of social events, optional activities like intimate special collections visits and exhibitions, and demos by local professionals.

Events

Guided tour at the Museum Plantin-Moretus

When? Tuesday, September 11, at 14:00

Where? Plantin-Moretus Museum (Vrijdagmarkt 22, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium)

How? Sign up on the ATypI store (under ATypI Antwerp workshops).

The Museum Plantin-Moretus is the residential home of the Plantin-Moretus family, and houses the legendary publishing house/printing press. The oldest printing presses in the world live within its walls, bearing witness to the first industrial distribution of knowledge and image.

The rich art collection located in the historical residence includes paintings from family friend Peter Paul Rubens. The Plantin-Moretus residence and printing establishment are featured on UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage list.

 

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Opening night cocktail reception

When? Wednesday, September 12, at 19:30

Where? Arenberg Schouwburg (Arenbergstraat 28, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium)

Join us for a drink and some nibbles prior to our opening keynote address by the legendary Matthew Carter.

This is a private event for registered ATypI conference attendees only. Badges required for admission. 

 

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Over the top opening keynote address by Matthew Carter

When? Wednesday, September 12, at 20:30

Where? Arenberg Schouwburg (Arenbergstraat 28, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium)

Matthew Carter has given ten talks at ATypI conferences, beginning in 1971. This year, he cranks it up to eleven by revisiting some of his previous topics, including, but not confined to newspaper text types, experimental type design, type and technology, the origins of his Galliard and Walker type designs, Bruce Rogers’ Centaur type, and legibility research. 

This event is open to the public with reserved tickets. Sign up for a free ticket on Eventbrite. If you're already registered for the ATypI conference, you don't need a separate ticket—just show your badge!

  > Sponsored by Type Network

 

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Theory of Type Design booksigning by Gerard Unger

When? Thursday, September 13, lunch break 12:30-14:30

Where? Arenberg Schouwburg (Arenbergstraat 28, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium)

Theory of Type Design by internationally renowned type designer Gerard Unger is the first comprehensive theory of typeface design. This volume consists of 24 concise chapters, each clearly describing a different aspect of type design, from the influence of language to today’s digital developments, from how our eyes and brain process letterforms to their power of expression. 

Don't miss this opportunity to get your copy with Gerard's signature.

This is a private event for registered ATypI conference attendees only. Badges required for admission. 

 

 

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Type Crit

WhenFriday, September 14, at 13:00

How? Signup starts on Wednesday, at the registration desk

 - Each crit will take 10 minutes.

- Experienced designers and novices alike are encouraged to submit their designs.

- Only one typeface per person is allowed. Multiple weights and styles are allowed, but one style is preferred.

- Please bring at least four printouts showing the full glyphs set and the font set in one or more of the ways in which the type is intended to be used. 2-4 pages is ideal. No type critique based on a screen showing only!

- Cameras and recording devices are welcome.

- Arrive early for the best view and sound.

Crits by Veronika Burian, David Jonathan Ross, and Gerry Leonidas. Moderator: Jan Middendorp.

This is a private event for registered ATypI conference attendees only. Badges required for admission.

 

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Eye 94 [8000 One-Offs] film launch

Film screening

WhenFriday, September 14, at 18:30

ATypI will present the continental European premiere of Adrian Harrison’s documentary Eye 94 (8000 One-offs). This documentary short showcases the people and processes behind the making of Eye 94’s award-winning, digitally-printed “variable data” cover that was published in the summer of 2017. 94 features footage of the magazine’s printing and binding at Pureprint, as well as engaging interviews with HP’s Hadar Peled Vaissman, cover designers Hamish Muir and Paul McNeil (MuirMcNeil), Richard Owers and his team at Pureprint, and Eye magazine’s John L. Walters and Simon Esterson.

This is a private event for registered ATypI conference attendees only. Badges required for admission. 

 

 

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Awake in Antwerp

When? Saturday, September 16, between 20:00-02:00

Where? Zappa (August Leyweg 6, 2020 Antwerpen)

How? Free for ATypI full-conference attendees. Don't forget to bring your badge!

Let’s stay up all night! Dress your best and get ready for a fest as we close ATypI 2018 and say farewell to the amazing city of Antwerp. Starting at 8 pm, ATypI moves to the fabulous Zappa for a night of adventure and togetherness. We’ll have delicious food, tempting libations, music for dancing, cozy spaces for conversation, and fun for everyone. Typographer Yves Peters’ band, Troubleman, will make a special guest appearance!

The party lasts until the wee hours, giving you plenty of time to commune with your type-loving friends. 

The biggest social event of the conference is sponsored by our good friends at Adobe Typekit.

This is a private event for registered ATypI conference attendees only. Badges required for admission.

 > Sponsored by Typekit

  

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Sunday guided tour at the Museum Plantin-Moretus

When? Sunday, September 11, at 11:00

Where? Plantin-Moretus Museum (Vrijdagmarkt 22, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium)

How? Sign up on the ATypI store (under ATypI Antwerp workshops).

The Museum Plantin-Moretus is the residential home of the Plantin-Moretus family, and houses the legendary publishing house/printing press. The oldest printing presses in the world live within its walls, bearing witness to the first industrial distribution of knowledge and image.

The rich art collection located in the historical residence includes paintings from family friend Peter Paul Rubens. The Plantin-Moretus residence and printing establishment are featured on UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage list.

 

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Open studio visit at Letter-Kunde press

When? Sunday, September 11, between 10:00-18:00

Where? Letter-Kunde Press (Letterkundestraat 138c 2610 Antwerpen)

How? Sign up at the ATypI registration desk at the Arenberg. One hour slots, 12 attendees per hour. 

Antwerp’s Letter-Kunde Press, run by Patrick Goossens, historian of printing technology, will host open workshops so that interested ATypI attendees will have a chance to visit the collection. Letter-Kunde Press houses one of the world’s most important collections of objects related to the printing industry—from the earliest wooden presses to the last produced Heidelberg cylinder press, the first Typograph typesetting machines, Monotype casters, and a collection of metal and wood type.

Letter-Kunde will have as much of its equipment working as possible—ready for a hands-on experience.

 

 

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Guided tours at Helmut Salden (1910–1996): A Prolific Lettering Artist exhibition

WhenTuesday, September 11, 11:15-12:00

Tuesday, September 11, 13:15-14:00

Tuesday, September 11, 18:00-18:45

Wednesday, September 12, 13:15-14:00

Thursday, September 13, 13:15-14:00

Sunday, September 16, 11:00-11:45

Where? Catapult, Project Space (Kades Kaden, (Rubenslei 10, 2018 Antwerpen).

How? Sign up for the guided tours Eventbrite. Up to 20 attendees may sign up for each tour. 

As a designer of book covers and a typographer, Helmut Salden worked for more than 70 publishing houses. His books received many awards—more than 100 of them were amongst the best designed books in the Netherlands. Later in his life, Salden concentrated on designing monograms and experimented with hundreds of letter combinations. The completion of the conservation of the archive of this prolific artist earlier this year serves as an excellent opportunity to show many original drawings of lettering, book covers, and monograms spanning a period of more than 50 years.

* This exhibition is a cooperation between House of the book (a joint initiative of KB | National Library of the Netherlands and Museum Meermanno) and Catapult.

 

 

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Demos

Throughout the main program, a set of demos by local professionals will make you want to grab a pen and start drawing letters. Demos will take place at the Arenberg theater during the conference and are open to all badged ATypI attendees.

 

Letter carving demonstration

Drawings for lapidary lettering will be on display. You can have a go with a mallet and chisel yourself. 

When? Thursday 13.9, 12:30-14:30 during lunch break

Saturday 15.9, 16:00-17:00 

Jos Geusens

 Jos Geusens lives and works as a letter designer/ letter carver in Diepenbeek, Belgium. He holds an MA in English and Dutch languages from the KULeuven. He started his career as a teacher, but his lifelong fascination with the written word in poetry and literature led him to letter carving. Kristoffel Boudens was his teacher.

Designing the shape and form of a letter, creating a layout, and choosing a new spatial context for a text on stone gives Geusens the opportunity to literally add a third and unexpected dimension to the piece. Intellectual background and craftmanship walk happily together in his workshop.

Geusens is keen to share his experience and knowledge of this most ancient craft, but no art school in this small country shows any interest in letter carving. Therefore, he runs monthly workshops as a freelancer for anyone who wants to learn the craft. 

 

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Hand lettering demonstrations

Freestyle, using different tools. Opportunity to participate. 

 

When? Friday 14.9, 18:00-18:45

Saturday 15.9, 10:30-11:30

 

Tom Lindelauf

 Tom Lindelauf (1985, Netherlands), is a graphic designer with a strong focus on hand lettering. Inspired by graffiti tags at a young age he learned that the process of handwriting development does not stop at elementary school. 

After several creative studies, he obtained a bachelor degree in fine arts from PXL-MAD (Media, Arts, Design) School of Arts in Hasselt, Belgium. Lindelauf was a former student of Ann Bessemans, and his exceptional student work will also be exhibited at Rite de Passage (Hofstraat 15, Antwerp).

His work shows a wide range of typography from logotypes to large-scale murals. This reflects his desire to apply his designs in as many fields as possible. The most recent field he entered, is custom tattoo’s.

In an era of automation and cheap mass production, he wants to offer designs crafted for the occasion and that express emotion. 

 

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Experience a Legibility Study

READSEARCH explores borders of legibility for several target groups and thereby focuses on reading research. READSEARCH gives you the opportunity to take part in an innovative study from a design perspective founded on a scientific basis. This research will make you see type as you never saw it before and will awaken your curiosity. 

 

When? Thursday 13.9, 16:00-17:00

Friday 14.9, 10:30-11:30

 

READSEARCH  

Ann Bessemans is an award-winning graphic designer, working as a legibility specialist within her own founded research group READSEARCH at PXL-MAD and Hasselt University. At the same institute she also teaches typography and type design.

Her researches are an important contribution to legibility research and the international type design. It gives the practice of typeface design a better scientific foundation and provides interesting data, by which type designers can accommodate more to the wishes of the reader, both normal as well as impaired. In October 2012, she defended her PhD (Type Design for Children with Low Vision), under the supervision of Gerard Unger.

Bessemans was given multiple grants by Microsoft Advanced Reading Technologies (USA) for her innovative and pioneering projects, such as visual prosody. She was a finalist in in the “New Scientist Wetenschapstalent 2015” and is an elected member of the Young Academy. Bessemans is also involved in European COST Action that studies the evolution of reading in the age of digitization.

Bessemans is an international recognized lecturer at typographic and interdisciplinary conferences and gives workshops in Belgium and abroad. Her research/design interests: typography, font design, legibility, reading, graphic design, book design, letter press and modular systems. 

María Pérez Mena holds a PhD with honors in Fine Arts from the University of Basque Country (UPV/EHU) entitled La creación tipográfica a través de la noción de proyecto. Proyecto de diseño de la tipografía EHU. Defended in July 2017, under the supervision of Eduardo Herrera and Leire Fernández, Mena’s research has focused on the creative process in a type design project. The typeface designed as part of this research was honoured in 2015 with a Clap Platinum as “best typeface for text” and is currently being used as corporate typeface in the University of Basque Country. Mena also holds an MA in Typography: Discipline and Uses (Universitat de Barcelona, UB) and an MA in Research and Creativity in Art (UPV/EHU).

Mena has presented and published several articles linked with her research in both conferences and scientific journals. Being a member of LETRAZ - Research Group of Typography and Graphic Design from the UPV/EHU, she is co-author of the books EHU Tipografia korporatiboa. Tipografía corporativa EHU (Eduardo Herrera, Leire Fernández, Daniel Rodríguez, and María Pérez) and Zientzia Astea. Alfabetatze zientifikoa. Alfabetización científica (Eduardo Herrera, Leire Fernández, and María Pérez).

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Wall painting

When? Thursday 13.9, and Friday 14.9

Where? Rite de Passage exhibition (Hofstraat 15, Antwerp)

Stop by to see Vincent at work, creating a large mural at Rite de Passage exhibition.

Vincent de Boer

 Vincent is a typographic artist, balancing between painting and calligraphy and between expression and technique. From his background as a graphic designer and calligrapher he has a strong bond with the technical aspects of the process, but in his work, Vincent tries to be guided by intuition and not by the set standard of the craft calligraphy. 

 

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Type Network Demos:

Thursday 

10:30 punchcutting with Retype

18:00 Mini-crits with Jill Pichotta

 

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