Typographics 2018: Live at Cooper Union

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday June 13, 2018

Typographics 2018 went live on Monday, with Workshops, Tours and Demos on myriad subjects. The fourth annual Festival and Conference takes place primarily at The Cooper Union, in the East Village neighborhood of New York City. The Cooper Union is the alma mater of many notable typographers and lettering artists including Herb Lubalin, Milton Glaser, Seymour Chwast, and Lou Dorfsman. The school is home of the Type@Cooper typeface design program as well as the Herb Lubalin Study Center, an archive of modern graphic design.  

The Cooper Union, photo: ©Mario Morgado

The highlight of Typographics 2018 is the Conference, held on Friday and Saturday in the Great Hall. Among the subjects that will be mined for inspiration and the latest developments in the field are, in alphabetical order:
Animation, Brand identity, Calligraphy, Cartography, Environmental design, Font interpolating; Gifs; emojis; memes, Glyphs, Grid methods, Hardware controllers, Illustration; Industrial design, Infographics, Lettering, Monospaced fonts, Movable Type, Movie title graphics, Multiligual typography, Numeral design, Package design, Pinstriping, Productivity, Programming codes, Prototyping, Publication design, Python scripting, Sign writing, Signage, Typography, Type design, Variable fonts, Wayfinding, Website design. Conference speakers are listed here  Read interviews with speakers here.


Workshops and Tours continue through June 21st, with continual updates online. Attendees of the Typographics Conference get a 10% discount on Type@Cooper Workshops. Info If you haven’t yet registered, you can attend the opening day of TypeLab on Thursday, June 14th. It’s free and open to the public all day, from noon to 7 pm, with portfolio reviews, feedback, demonstrations and workshop on numerous subjects. Info To register for Typographics 2018, go here

New books by Conference speakers include: The Handbook for Happy Designers by Massimo Pitis; These Colors are Bananas and Find Colors by Tamara Shopsin & Jason Fulford: Design is Storytelling by Ellen Lupton; House Industries: The Process is the Inspiration by Ken Barber; The Senses: Design Beyond Vision by Ellen Lupton and Andrea Lipps; Como Crear tipografias. Del boceto a la pantalla by Jose Scaglione. And check out the Book Fair, which will offer new and classic volumes on typography, design, and more on Saturday [Conference registration required] and Sunday [free and open to the public], at 41 Cooper Square. Info 


Typographics: a Design Festival for People Who Use Type Info and Schedule here. Register herePhotographs and graphics courtesy The Cooper Union and Type@Cooper


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