TypeCon 2021 “Together”

A virtual event, October 21st-24th, 2021

TypeCon is an annual conference presented by the non-profit Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA), an international organization dedicated to promoting, studying, and supporting typography and related arts.

Since the inaugural conference in 1998, TypeCon has explored type for the screen, printing history, Dutch design, type in motion, Arabic calligraphy, the American Arts and Crafts movement, experimental typography, web fonts, and much more. Special events include the Type & Design Education Forum and an exhibition of international type and design.

Event Schedule

Thursday, October 21st

  • Opening Remarks
  • Keynote Presentation

Friday, October 22nd

  • Main Program
  • Q & A Breakouts
  • Small Caps Socials

Saturday, October 23rd

  • Type & Design Education Forum
  • Part A: Physical & Experiential
  • Part B: Process & Discovery
  • Part C: Inclusivity & Collaboration
  • Q & A Panel

Sunday, October 24th

  • Type Crits
  • Type Crit 1: Led by John Downer & Hannes Famira
  • Type Crit 2: Led by Iliana Moreno Guzmán, Sergio Trujillo Perez & Alex García
  • Type Crit 3: Led by Nicole Dotin & Sol MatasKeynote Presentation

Saturday, October 23rd
Type & Design Education Forum
Part B: Process & Discovery
3:10 pm

Typo-Image: Texts are always parts of other texts; there is never a pure text


Albert Young Choi developed a ‘Typo-Image’ methodology, integrating typography and image utilizing “text is always part of different text and never pure text.” Through the ‘Type-Image’ methodology, students learn and explore ‘Deconstruction,’ a form of reactionary analysis introduced by Jacques Derrida, a leading French philosopher in the 20th century. It includes an attempt to take apart and expose the underlying meanings, biases, and preconceptions that structure the way a text conceptualizes its relation to what it describes.

One thing that makes typography very powerful is that it can have different meanings. So, with this in mind, designers can assume that the purpose of typography is inconsistent and constantly changing, such as the fluid nature of letterforms and negative spaces. Image-like typography (Typo-Image) is highly referential, mainly when visuals deal with creativity and re-appropriation. Our society has also become more communication-oriented. Also, it has become more critical than ever to realize that typography has the potential for meaning and interpretation.

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