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Special Events

Motion Typography

Tuesday evening

The National Audiovisual Institute (NInA) - Wałbrzyska 3/5, Warszawa, Poland

International Student Moving Typography Festival (MOTYF) — open air Media Exhibition at NInA Courtyard
Akademos. A Place for Poets and Philosophers

New Aesthetics and Techniques: This exhibition is one of the components of the International Student Moving Typography Festival, and features the media work of young up-and-coming artists. The project provides insights into new aesthetics and techniques, as well as current trends. It also seeks to be an innovator within the context of media happenings.
    Its focus is on the presentation of artistic positions and textual interpretations of lyricism, poetry and philosophy in space, time and interaction, and includes interactive, experimental and spatial works. Therefore, the chosen works make it possible to directly experience the essence of international image and typographical culture in visual, acoustic and haptic terms. Practical and artistic works, spanning a variety of media from poetry clips and experimental pieces to installations, will all be screened in the open-air cinema.
    The aim of the exhibition is to promote discourse between young, innovative talent and experienced media artists. ‘Akademos’ was inspired by the ancient ‘academos’ (academic schools) — places where philosophers and thinkers would come together for debate and learning.
    The exhibition is curated and organised by Anja Stöffler (University of Applied Sciences Mainz/DE), Ralf Dringenberg (Schwäbisch Gmünd University of Design/DE) and Ewa Satalecka (Polish-Japanese Institute Warsaw/PL).
    The exhibition is part of the 3rd international MOTYF Festival, after two successful Festivals in Warsaw. On the 24th and 25th of November MOTYF is moving to Mainz/Germany with Akademos and the Symposium Gutenberg goes Media with international guests. For further information visit 

Polish letters

Wednesday evening. Opening keynote: Piotr Rypson

The Academy of Fine Arts (new building) - Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 39, Warszawa, Poland

The presentation will present various stages of font and lettering development in Poland since the Renaissance to modern times. Its aim is to provide an overview of the complexities of Polish printing and publishing industries – and will focus on important examples of typographic and lettering design, beginning with the 15th century Latin, Cyrillic and Hebrew incunabula, through the first codifications of the Polish alphabet, baroque typographic experiments and the printing production of the 16-19th centuries. Modernized design of the first decades of the 20th century will be shown through opposing tendencies - one of searching a “national style”, and another that followed the ideas of new typography. Limited access to modern Polish fonts resulted in a flamboyant explosion of lettering styles applied in poster, advertisement and book-cover design in the 1920-s and 30-s, that has partly influenced the “Polish Poster School” in the following decades.

Piotr Rypson is Deputy Director at the National Museum, Warsaw. PhD in literary studies. Visiting professor at Rhode Island School of Design (1994-1999). Curator of numerous exhibitions. Author of books and articles on art, information architecture, visual communication and literature. Author of Against all Odds. Polish Graphic Design 1919-1949 (2011). Now works on a book on Polish graphic design 1945-49. This event will take place at The Academy of Fine Arts (new building) - Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 39, Warszawa, Poland.


Graphic Means

Thursday evening

The Academy of Fine Arts (new building) - Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 39, Warszawa, Poland

It’s been roughly 30 years since the desktop computer revolutionized the way the graphic design industry works. For decades before that, it was the hands of industrious workers, and various ingenious machines and tools that brought type and image together on meticulously prepared paste-up boards, before they were sent to the printer. The documentary, Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production, explores graphic design production of the mid-twentieth century through the 1990s—from linecaster to photocomposition, and from paste-up to PDF. Please join us for this work-in-progress screening followed by a discussion with the aim to offer feedback to the director, Briar Levit. Graphic Means is supported by Adobe Typekit.


TDC exhibition opening

Friday evening

Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technologies (PJAIT) - Koszykowa 86, 02-008 Warszawa, Poland

TDC62 Communication Design
The Type Directors Club has reached many milestones since its formation in 1946 but it is most widely recognized for its annual international competition, which started in 1955. This year its 62nd Communication Design Competition received nearly 1800 entries from 47 countries, with 378 winning works representing 29 countries. The typography in the exhibit includes a wide range of categories including web graphics, books, corporate branding, logos, stationery, video, posters, products and magazines.
All the winning works will comprise the TDC annual, Typography 37, designed by Bobby Martin, Jr.,  OCD | The Original Champions of Design available in bookstores this December.
TDC exhibits travel the world and will be seen in fifteen countries and at least 35 cities. 


ATypI Closing Party—Nights and Sound

Saturday evening

Bracka event center - ul. Bracka 25, 00-035 Warszawa

What better way to end a day of typographic education and fellowship than by partying through the night at one of the coolest spots in Warsaw? Starting at 8 pm, the ATypI crowd moves to Bracka, a stunning event space combining the ornate details of a historic building with the sleek, clean lines of modern architecture. There will be plenty to eat and to drink, a photo booth for collecting memories, and hot sounds to dance to courtesy of Michał Loba (DJ Sport) and Jerzy Gruchot (Sgt. Hartman).

The biggest social event of the conference is sponsored by our good friends at Adobe Typekit and is organized by the dynamic duo from Element Talks. The party goes on until 2 am, giving you plenty of time for fun and frolic. Can't wait to see you there!

Poster Museum

Sunday afternoon

A guided tour of the Poster Museum - Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16, Warszawa, Poland

 The Poster Remediated - anniversary exhibition of the 25th International Poster Biennale

Continuing the tradition of the Warsaw International Poster Biennale The Poster Remediated exhibition is truly global exhibition featuring designs from Europe, the Middle East, China, Korea, Latin and North America. The modern concept of the exhibition and the accompanying online competition was invented by Professor David Crowley, a British curator and an expert in the art of Eastern Europe, who works at the Royal College of Art in London.

The Poster Remediated exhibition explores how the conventional poster is undergoing rapid transformation in an age of ubiquitous digital screens and social media. To mark its anniversary, the organizers of the International Poster Biennale have commissioned a new exhibition to explore the past, present and future of this form of graphic communication. It shows that the Internet has not – as some commentators have suggested – killing off the poster. But the medium is being changed by digital technology. Sometimes this means the creation of entirely new forms of poster such as interactive billboard advertisements which address the passer-by in lively and sometimes unsettling ways.

In other settings, such as the conflicts which exploded in the Maidan in Kiev in 2013 or in Tahrir Square in Cairo in 2011, the Internet has provided an up-to-date means for circulating low-tech and hand-made poster images. The remediation of the poster is not, however, a new phenomenon. The fiftieth anniversary exhibition will also feature iconic designs from recent decades which have found their ways on to cinema and television screens, the covers of books and the front pages of newspapers. Designs like ‘I am a Man’ and ‘Je Suis Charlie’ shows how posters can promote justice and human rights.

Welcome to the guided tour of the exhibition by the museum staff. After this event, please enjoy simple refreshments in the museum’s park.

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