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Call for presentations

The call for presentations for ATypI 2017 Montréal is now closed. Thank you for submitting! Reviews and scheduling are in progress. We will notify selected speakers by the end of May.

The theme of ATypI’s 2017 conference is Atypique. Montréal is known for many things: for its blend of new and old; for its bilingualism and pluralistic society. Montréal is a city of dualities: East Side and West Side, English- and French-speaking, the old city and the new, European sophistication and American casual. It's a laid-back city enjoying the benefits of a low-inequality society. It is an atypical city compared to the rest of Canada and the United States.

In a broader context, Atypique means something more daring; something that doesn't quite follow convention; something a little bit rebellious and edgy. Atypique holds a mirror to history and understands tradition, but dares to be different.

In typographical terms, Atypique hints at all things—products, practices, processes, people—escaping the rules or bending paradigms. Atypique evokes, to paraphrase Alan Fletcher, looking sideways at all facets of contemporary types and typography: from technology to aesthetics, from economics to politics, from Latin to the world writing systems, from hand lettering to screen legibility, and from education to the very notion of authorship.

Presenting your talk
We call for presentations that are informative, engaging, and inspiring; we actively seek topics that will provoke debate and contribute to the ATypI spirit of collegial dialogue and exchange. We expect scholarly subjects to be communicated with enthusiasm, and the most entertaining presentation to have a solid intellectual underpinning. We are not merely looking for academic papers to be read aloud—we seek talks that are visually rich and compelling; fascinating and thought provoking. We expect speakers to prepare their presentations with care for the assigned length, and to adhere strictly to the schedule.

Along with welcoming seasoned presenters, we are committed to showcasing new voices—newcomers are encouraged to submit proposals. If you have not previously presented at ATypI, the Programme Committee would be happy to review videos of past presentations, panel discussions, workshops, interviews, etc., where you are a participant. Please note that providing video IS NOT MANDATORY—only submit if you feel it's essential to supporting your proposal.

Conference attendees represent the global community of type and typography professionals, students, and enthusiasts from all levels of experience and a variety of fields. We welcome type designers, graphic designers, UX designers, project managers and software engineers, web designers, information designers, researchers, historians, educators, writers, publishers, lettering artists, calligraphers, students, and interested others from around the world.

The official conference language is International English. All presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and other conference sessions must be delivered in English.

Each submission must contain a title, a brief description of the proposed presentation (max. 200 words), several keywords, speaker’s name (or list of panelists, including an experienced, vetted moderator), and a speaker’s biography (max. 100 words). As mentioned above, if you haven’t presented previously at an ATypI conference, you are welcome to include links to videos of presentations you may have made, or other relevant materials that document your presenting skills and/or expertise in the subject matter of your proposal. For demographic purposes, we also request (but do not require) speaker’s gender (M/F). Please specify the type and duration of your proposed session.





Optional Workshops and Tutorials
These activities are typically designed for a maximum of 25 participants, and are aimed at typography/design students and practitioners from basic to intermediate levels and beyond. Workshops should be half- or full-day sessions (3 or 6 hours).


General session
ATypI’s general session runs on a single track over four days this year (Wednesday–Saturday. September 13–16). The default time for presentations during the general session is 20 minutes. The programme committee may grant longer time slots on a case-by-case basis. Presentations may be on a specific topic on type and typography. This programming is aimed at graphic design practitioners, educators, and researchers with intermediate to advanced knowledge of typography, type design, and related disciplines.

Financial information for participants
As a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization, we strive to keep conference admission fees as low as possible so that we may be inclusive of all who wish to participate. In order to give a platform to more voices and a broader range of ideas, a large number of presenters are accepted each year. Due to the communal, educational nature of the ATypI conference, the high level of content offered to all attendees, and the intimate setting, we are unable to offer speaking fees, honoraria, travel expenses, or other compensation to participants. All travel and accommodation costs, meals, conference fees, and other expenses are the responsibility of each individual participant.

One (1) confirmed speaker or workshop leader per scheduled full-length presentation will be offered a special discount, or “speaker rate,” toward conference admission (discount amount to be determined by budget each year). Those making a proposal featuring multiple participants must decide which one will receive the speaker rate. Members of panel discussions or abbreviated presentations (such as Pecha Kucha-style presentations) are not eligible for the discounted speaker rate. Discounted speaker admissions are not stackable and may not be combined with any other discounts. Participants from sponsoring companies and organizations, or those granted volunteer admission or any other form of major conference discount are not eligible to receive the discounted speaker rate. Discounted speaker admissions may not be transferred without prior written authorization by the ATypI Executive Director.

Programme committee and reviews
All proposals will be read by the ATypI 2017 Programme Committee and Review Team, which is comprised of select representatives from the Montréal local team, ATypI board members and staff, and a diverse group of experts in a variety of typographic disciplines. Each proposal will be read by at least four people with expertise and/or interest in a given topic. To assist potential ATypI speakers in shaping their presentations, The ATypI Programme Committee may suggest amendments to proposals or requested time slots.

The call for presentations is now closed. Announcements on accepted proposals will be given shortly. 

We are using Dryfta to manage our submissions and review process. Please visit for instructions, then sign up for a user account, or log in to your existing account from last year. Once you’re logged in, click SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT to create and submit your presentation proposal.