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Call for presentations

The call for presentations for ATypI 2019 Tokyo is closed. Thank you all for your submissions! The program will be published later in the spring.

Call for presentations
ATypI invites submissions of presentations, demonstrations, and workshops for its upcoming conference in Tokyo, September 4–7, 2019. The call for presentations for ATypI 2019 Tokyo is closed. Thank you all for your submissions! The program will be published later in the spring.


ATypI Tokyo will bring together typeface designers, publishers, developers, and educators from Japan and the global typographic community. Tokyo is the perfect environment for a global gathering: it is a crucible of hypermodernity and tradition, globalism and regionalism. ATypI is a global network that spans design professions, company sizes, and geographic areas of activity.

The conference is a stimulating environment where opportunities can arise to meet professionals from related industries, make connections across industries, and develop networks of learning, enterprise, and mentorship.

It is in this spirit of comprehension and inclusion that the ATypI 2019 conference invites designers, typographers, type designers, and type enthusiasts worldwide to Tokyo this September.

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 that it is 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. This year, we will offer some sessions in Japanese as well. All presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and other conference sessions must be delivered in English or Japanese.

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. Please specify the type and duration of your proposed session.





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).

Main programme
 ATypI’s main programme runs over three days (Thursday–Saturday. September 5–7). The default time for presentations 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 design practitioners, educators, developers, and researchers with intermediate to advanced knowledge of typography, type design, and related disciplines.

Programme committee and reviews
All proposals will be read by the ATypI 2019 Programme Committee and Review Team, which is comprised of select representatives from the Tokyo 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.

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.

The call for presentations for ATypI 2019 Tokyo is closed. Thank you all for your submissions! The program will be published later in the spring.

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 if you have an existing account from prior years. After you log in to your existing account or create a new user account, please submit your presentation proposal by visiting your profile dashboard. After logging in, go to your profile, and click on the “My Abstracts” link in the lefthand menu. On the next page, click the green “Submit Abstract” button and complete the submission form. You will be asked to upload a high-resolution print-quality photo, as well as other material related to your proposal.