TYPO San Francisco Frequently Asked Questions


What should I bring with me to the conference?
In addition to a smile and an openness to being inspired, for registration please bring your ID and a print out or mobile screen version of the Eventbrite ticket. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a notebook or a laptop/tablet for jotting down notes and ideas. Please also feel free to bring business cards or your creative interpretation of them for networking.


This is my first TYPO San Francisco. What should I expect?
Included in your conference fee is admission to all sessions during the two days of the conference (first come, first served on seating in smaller rooms) and admission to the TYPO After Party  on Friday evening at Public Works.

TYPO is two days filled with inspirational talks from well-known as well as up-and-coming designers. The conference covers more than just typography –  it’s design, culture, society with a little bit of kerning.  Check out coverage from last year’s TYPO Connect for a feel of the event.


Where can I pick up my conference badge and materials? What time do doors open for registration?
Registration will take place in the main lobby of the Lam Research Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard Street.

Doors open at 9 a.m. sharp on Thursday and Friday of the conference. There will be an early pick-up option the Wednesday, April 10. Stay tuned to this website for further information.

UPDATE: There will be an early pick-up option the Wednesday, April 10. Stay tuned to this website for further information.


Is there a dress code?
There is no formal dress code. Wear whatever your little designer heart desires!


Is lunch provided?
No. There are some really great cafes and restaurants within walking distance from the venue. Stay tune to our blog, we’ll be posting some recommended spots. We are providing coffee and treats during the afternoon break sessions both days at 4:00 p.m.


Is there WiFi?
Yes! Thanks to YBCA’s sponsorship there will be free wireless for all TYPO attendees.

I lost my wallet! Where can I find it at the conference?
All lost and found items will be turned in at the registration table, which closes at 4 p.m. on Friday. After the conference, you may email sanfrancisco@typotalks.com to try and track down your items.


Will there be coat check?
No. Coat check will not be provided at the conference.


I will be unable to attend the conference last minute, can I get a refund? Can I give my ticket to someone else?
There will be no refunds after March 15, 2013. In any case of cancellation, please contact sanfrancisco@typotalks.com. Absence from the conference does not entitle to reimbursement of the admission fee. Canceled tickets will be resold immediately.

If you’d like to transfer the ticket to a colleague, please e-mail us at sanfrancisco@typotalks.com  and we’d be happy to take care of that for you.


How can I connect with other attendees while at TYPO Contrast?
TYPO is a great networking opportunity for design professionals and students alike. There are a number of chances to mingle with other attendees:

FontShop Lounge: Located in the Grand Lobby of the Galleries & Forum building will be an interactive space hosted by FontShop. Attendees will get the chance to browse the FontBook on iPads, peruse through copies of FontFont’s Slang Map, and make your own buttons!

YBCA’s Exhibitions: During the conference, all of YBCA’s galleries will be open and free to conference attendees. Guests are invited to walk through the exhibits and installations. Perhaps you’ll find notes of contrasts in the artwork! For exhibit information check out: http://www.ybca.org/calendar

Lunch break: Lunch will not be provided at the conference. Attendees are invited to explore the many food spots around YBCA. This will be a great chance to taste some SF eats while meeting new faces. Stay tuned to our blog for some recommendations. You’ll have an hour between 12-1 p.m. each day for lunch, no presentations will happen during this time.

Coffee breaks: We’ll host complimentary coffee, tea, and snacks from 4-5 p.m. during both days of the conference. Located in the Theater Terrace, attendees will have the chance to mix and mingle in between speaker sessions.

TYPO After Party: After 2 days of WOW, the party isn’t over! Speakers and attendees are invited for Zendesk-sponsored drinks and dancing at Public Works (161 Erie St.) starting at 7 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. Bring your badge before 10 p.m. to get in. After 10, the event will be open to the public, but TYPO attendees are welcome to stay for free. *21+ event


Can I bring a friend to the After Party?
The TYPO After Party is for conference attendees only. You must have your badge for admittance. The venue will  open to the public after 10 p.m. and your friends may join you then. All badge holders must arrive by 10 for free admittance.


I’m not 21. Can I attend the afterparty?
Public Works is a 21+ venue. Stay tuned to the blog for suggestions of other events in San Francisco on April 12.


I want to attend two sessions but they’re scheduled at the same time! Will recordings of the talks be available after the conference?
Yes, most Theater and Forum talks will be recorded and uploaded to the TYPO Video Blog in the weeks following the conclusion of the event.


I am press and would like to cover the conference. Can I get a free pass?
For press requests visit our Press page.


I’m interested in volunteering for the conference. How can I sign up?
Our volunters make TYPO run. Most shifts are filled this year, but to join the wait list email our Volunteer Coordinator, Hilary Hartman at  sanfrancisco@typotalks.com.


What is the TYPO San Francisco Code of Conduct?
TYPO San Francisco is a safe space for all participants. Sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, and other participants should strive to treat all people with dignity and respect, regardless of their culture, religion, physical appearance, disability, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. People are encouraged to take responsibility for their words and actions and listen to constructively-presented criticism with an open mind, courtesy, and respect. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.


For other conference related questions, feel free to e-mail us at sanfrancisco@typotalks.com.