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28 August 2013

Take TYPO home: TYPO Video Blog

TYPO friends and visitors alike can view conference talks and impressions on our video blog. Watch Michael Johnson‘s humorous guitar performanceJacek Utko‘s ideas on what will happen to print or how Simon Manchipp believes in the power of charming.

TYPO Berlin 2013 Michael Johnson: Guitars and graphics

Michael Johnson entertained the TYPO Berlin audience with his guitar as well as narrative skills

TYPO video blog contains carefully curated videosinterviewsslideshows and talks from six conferences of the last three years: Berlin, London and San Francisco, free to watch by anyone.

TYPO attendees have in the myTYPO area exclusive access to videos of almost all talks of the conference they attended. News on upcoming TYPO conferences can be followed here …

12 February 2013

Designers Exploring Sustainability

24 February is release day for  “It’s Not Easy Being Green: Two Designers Exploring Sustainability Worldwide” by Aart van Bezooyen and Paula Raché. The book is based on a six-month research on sustainability in design and material, which led the authors to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan. Over 60 designers, entrepreneurs and do-gooders talk about their projects and their personal experiences before their cultural background, and point to alternatives for a future that affects us all.

To be published on 24. february: It’s Not Easy Being GreenAart van Bezooyen flicks through its pages on Vimeo 

What can designers do for a better future? This question in mind, the Dutchman Aart van Bezooyen and German Paula Raché called the “It’s Not Easy Being Green” project of 2011 to life. They went on tour and initiated knowledge-sharing and inspiring lectures and workshops with like-minded designers and learn more about local problems and practices of local designers elsewhere.

On their way, which led them to three continents, they met, and exchanges ideas and concepts with local professionals and students in South America, New Zealand, Australia, Southeast Asia and Japan. Stories about designers who manufacture bamboo skateboards, researchers, improving packaging design or children being taught jungle lessons of sustainability and surprising ways, material was (re)used, make this book an encouraging “sustainable snapshot”.

“This book is a MUST for anyone who sees himself as a forward-thinking designer,” said the renowned trend forecaster and one of its first readers, Zuzanna Skalska. The authors believe that it is important to share your experiences and learn from each other. “Sustainability concerns you, me and everyone else, that’s why this book is addressed not only to designers, but encourages everyone to act and to learn new.”

“It’s Not Easy Being Green: Two Designers Exploring Sustainability Worldwide” has no set price. Donations are used to support Viva con Agua, a nonprofit organization that enables people in developing countries to gain access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. Aart and Paula believe that reading pleasure is the best way to support a good cause.

More about the book and ordering: www.itsnoteasybeinggreen.net

Aart van Bezooyen and Paula Raché revenge “It’s Not Easy Being Green” | Winner of the first prize of the “Sappi Ideas That Matter Award” Europe, 2011 | personal contributions by 60 designers, entrepreneurs and do-gooders | Foreword by Niels Peter Flint, co-founder of the “O2 Global Network on Sustainable Design” | over 250 color photographs of people, places, things and materials | 176 pages, paperback, limited to 1000 copies | all proceeds go to: Viva con Agua, drinking water and sanitation for developing countries |

Latest news for TYPO Berlin 2013: Latest speakers …

2 November 2012

How was it? TYPO London 2012 in retrospect.

TYPO London 2012, Logan Hall: about 380 of 850 delegates were permanently in the conferences wireless network and published numerous ingenious quoutes and atmospheric images to the outside world (Photo: kassnerfoto.de)

It was marvelous! However, we organized it, so you would except us to say so. But you don’t have to take our word for it: thanks to social media, these days every conference participant is also a conference critic. We are happy to present an array of independent voices on TYPO London 2012. This is what visitors and of course media thought of TYPO London 2012 “Social”:

scene from the second stage at Jeffery Hall

This years TYPO London featured more than thirty international speakers to present their personla view on the topic “social” to audiences at Logan and Jeffry Hall at the Institite of education of the University of London

Voices announcing TYPO London 2012:

  • The Guardian, Datablog: “Typo London 2012: watch the design conference live with our video stream”
  • Computer Arts, Blog: “The second ever Typo London event kicks off this Friday (19 October) and it looks like it’s going to be a doozy.”
  • Creative Review, CR-Blog: “Typo London returns”

TYPO London 2012, Rick rocking Jeffery Hall

Not enough chairs at the speech of Rick Banks (Face37) (Photo: jasonjwen@gmail.com)

More photographs of TYPO London 2012 from Flickr-group-pool …

TYPO London Logan Hall

Bibliothèque’s Tim Beard talks in Logan Hall about »Design as a social journey« (Photo: kassnerfoto.de)

Our own channels:

Ken Garland auf der TYPO London 2012

Most touching moment: Ken Garland commencing his speech with a walk around the audience (Photo: kassnerfoto.de)

TYPO London 2012: Meeting Collegues

Meeting and making friends and colleagues at TYPO: just as important as the talks. (Photo: kassnerfoto.de)

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all our participating guests and our fantastic team for turning the second TYPO London conference into another big success. Please stay in touch: keep reading our blog or subscribe to out newsletter.

We look forward to seeing you next year!

25 October 2012

TYPO London lettering bike tour with Erik Spiekermann & Phil Baines

To round off the design conference, Erik Spiekermann and Phil Baines, professor of graphic design at Central Saint Martins, led a guided typographic bike tour through London. Taking off at the British Library, it took the group through Bloomsbury (School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Covent Garden/Trafalgar Square (Coliseum & St Martin’s Schools) and Victoria (New Scotland Yard) to St Bart’s and Smithfield and King’s Cross. Among the participants who braved the pouring rain were: Tony Chambers, editor of Wallpaper, who tweeted his impressions for wallpaper.

Phil has also prepared a leaflet to follow the tour: PublicLettering.pdf

24 October 2012

Help TYPO London shine brighter

For the second time we where overwhelmed by TYPO London last friday and saturday. Close to 900 attendants followed the speeches of more than thirty international speakers in an unique atmosphere of inspired curiosity.

Typo London 2012, "Social", photo by Gerhard Kassner

Please help us to further improve TYPO London by filling in our three-minute-questionare. All you need to do is to login at MyTYPO and fill in your answers, of course completely anonymously.  Let us now how you liked the venue, what got you there and whom you would like to talk at the next TYPO conference.

We thank you for your support by drawing a free TYPO ticket among all entries. Please follow this link to our survey … 

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photo by Gerhard Kassner

16 October 2012

GraphicDesign& TYPO London survey: Are you a socialiser?

As a social scientist, I’m interested in something you probably rarely think about – who are designers? All sorts, you might say. Like other creative industries, graphic design has a reputation for heterogeneity and inclusivity. It isn’t who you are that matters, but rather what you create.

Nikandre Kopcke speaking at the GraphicDesign& launch, Design Museum, London copyright Richard Hubert Smith

But does who you are influence what you create, and how you perceive your role as a designer? As a commercial industry, graphic design shapes public opinion on everything from politics to artificial sweeteners. In this sense, all graphic design is inherently social. But do some designers see their practice as bearing more of a social responsibility than others? If so, who and why?

The publishing house GraphicDesign& asked me to investigate this for TYPO London. On Friday and Saturday from 5-6 pm, I’ll be distributing a mini survey that aims to find out a bit about who you are, and how you perceive your role as a designer. The survey is anonymous and won’t take you more than five minutes to complete. Please come by and fill one in – the research will be more interesting and robust the more people participate! The findings will be posted on the GraphicDesign& news pages and the TYPO London blog in the days following the conference.

The TYPO London survey is a precursor to a much larger research project due to be published as a GraphicDesign& Social Science title next year. This will use gender as a starting point to examining who graphic designers are and how success is defined in the industry. GraphicDesign& is a pioneering publishing house dedicated to creating intelligent, vivid books that explore how graphic design connects with all other things and the value that it brings.

Please participate!

Drama Studio/Creativity Awards Lounge
19, 20 October

by Nikandre Kopcke, social scientist

16 October 2012

How to get your badge

The badge is your key to TYPO London, it makes sure that you can enter the conference at any time without waiting. You can pick up your badge at the registration desk in the foyer of the Institute of Education. All you need to bring is your registration confirmation. Conference times are from 10:00 to 21:00, but beware if you want to see the first talk on Friday, better be early. We open doors at 08:30 am. (Photo: Gerhard Kassner)

10 October 2012

Let’s get together @ Cicada

Have some drinks on us and mix with the speakers and other attendess. After the last talk on Saturday evening, we’ll head over to Cicada Bar, 132-136 St John Street, London EC1V 4JT. Free admission for all. (Photo: Gerhard Kassner)

Head over to Google Maps to see how to get there.

10 October 2012

Social Publishing with Blurb

Blurb LogoOne of this years partners of TYPO London is Blurb, an online book publisher. A blurb is a short summary accompanying a creative work; the word was coined in 1907 by American humorist Gelett Burgess. It may refer to the text on the back of a book but can also be seen on DVD and video cases, web portals and news websites. A blurb may introduce a newspaper or magazine feature story (source: wikipedia).

Blurb believe that it should not take a lot of time, technical skills, financial resources, or influential friends to publish books. Consequently Blurb developed a creative publishing service that allows anyone to be an author, be it a blogger, cook, photographer, parent, traveler, poet, pet owner, marketer …

TYPO London: Blurb Bestseller

One of the current Blurb best selling books is “Terretoires Intimes” a book on places around Paris by a French photographic association 

Blurb publishers passionately believe in the joy of making books – reading them, sharing them and selling them. Holding a finished book with ones name on the cover is a truly amazing feeling; it’s one of those experiences everyone should have. Getting other people interested in buying one‘s own publication adds extra pride and Blurb put a lot of effort into the sharing and community thought.

TYPO London: Blurb Bestseller

Another best selling volume is Steffi Rauchwater‘s  ”Nicht erschrecken!“ about the acquaintance with beasts and monsters, a counsellor in three languages 

As software people, designers, and publishing professionals are at the top of Blurb‘s hierarchy, both is in focus: the easy making and the professional look of the books. Everybody can publish his or her subject at Blurb. There are 35 subject categories with more than 180.000 self published books in the Blurb library.  “Social” is an important subject in Blurb‘s online library. Fifty pages with volumes covering social topics account for the overall increasing numbers of self publishing, let alone 25 pages coming up for the subject of “social design”.

There is even a volume on TYPO conferences Berlin, London and SanFrancisco 2011 & 2012 in the Blurb library. Graphic artist Eva-Lotta Lamm sketch noted the three TYPO conferences thus catching a unique sample of current graphic ideas and concepts. The book features talks from Michael Bierut, Tina Roth-Eisenberg (Swissmiss), Christoph Niemann, Khoi Vinh and many more:

TYPO Lodon: Blurb TYPO sketchnotes by Eva-Lotta Lamm

Sketchnotes from TYPO “Shift” Berlin 2011, TYPO “Places” London 2011 and TYPO “Connect” San Francisco 2012. The double page shows the sketch notes from the talks of Marina Willer and Morag Myerscough of of last years TYPO London.

Meet Blurb at their booth at the foyer area and see for yourself what they have created and who they are. On both conference days Blurb will introduce themselves at 11 o‘clock a.m. in the drama studio.

This years TYPO London is set up to start next week and it will boost its audience once more with the key people working in different areas of creativity, media and design. Catch opinions, processes and ideas that will re-shape the way you think, work and develop as a creative practitioner or student. Make sure not to miss it. Register now!

8 October 2012

Join a typographic bike tour with Erik Spiekermann

TYPO London: Cycling Erik

Follow Erik Spiekermann by bike through London and get to see typographic hot spots (Photograph: Susanna Dulkinys)

TYPO London’s facilitator Erik Spiekermann and Phil Baines, professor of typography at Central Saint Martins, invite nine TYPO attendees to follow them on a 2 hour lettering themed bike tour through Bloomsbury on Sunday, October 21st 2012. Get to know their favourite typographic sights: we will be starting at the British Library gates, heading through Bloomsbury (School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine), pass Covent Garden/Trafalgar Square (Coliseum & St Martin’s Schools) and Victoria (New Scotland Yard) and then head north to St Bart’s and Smithfield to end up having a drink there or near King’s Cross.

We decided to give away a tenth spot to someone out there in the digital world. All you have to do is, answer the following question: What typographic London hot spot would you like to show Erik and why? Write it down in the comment field below until Tuesday 16th. We will draw one person on Wednesday, October 17th that has the chance to join Erik’s and Phil’s bike tour with the TYPO attendees.

Please note, that we don’t provide bikes and helmets. Participants need to have time on Sunday afternoon and a roadworthy bike.

If you were not the lucky devil who has won the competition: tickets are still available. Hurry up, regular ticket prices apply only until Oct 14th. Watch over 30 amazing speakers over two days and get inspired. Full speaker’s list: Kirsty Carter & Emma Thomas (A Practive For Everyday Life) • Rick Banks (Face37) • Paul Barnes (Commercial Type) • Béa Beste • Tim Beard (Bibliothèque) • Sara de Bondt • Irma Boom • Anthony Burrill • Matthew Butterick • Tony Chambers (Wallpaper*) • Patrick Cox • Joshua Davis • Noel Douglas (Occupy Design UK) • Ken Garland • Peter Gregson • James Jarvis • Rian Hughes (Device Fonts) • Hjalti Karlsson (karlssonwilker) • Erik Kessels (KesselsKramer) • Eike König (Hort) • Henrik Kubel (A2/SW/HK) • Gerry Leonidas • Simon Manchipp (SomeOne) • Sean McBride (Typekit) • Grant McCracken • Kate Moross • Vaughan Oliver •  Lucienne Roberts • Freda Sack (Foundry Types) • Mariana Santos & Mark McCormick (The Guardian) • Paula Scher (Pentagram) • Anna Gerber & Britt Iversen (Visual Editions) • Marius Watz. We will pick the other 9 lucky persons during TYPO London.

The random generator has picked Silvia! Congrats from the TYPO team. You’ll soon get an e-mail from us with all infos. Have fun and bike carefully.

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