The always popular Type Crit is back in Boston, celebrating its sixteenth year of laying down the typographic smack.

The masters of typographic analysis and elucidation John Downer and Akira Kobayashi will be joined this year by Jill Pichotta. The trio will provide gentle, constructive criticism to designers who submit their individual type designs for review.

The Type Crit takes place Sunday, August 27th from 2:00 pm to 3:40 pm in the Boylston Room on the second floor of the Park Plaza Hotel. A sign-up sheet will be available in the TypeCon Marketplace beginning Saturday morning.

If you are interesting in participating in this year’s Type Crit, please review the following guidelines.

  1. Sign-up will be open until Saturday night exclusively to individuals who have never participated in a previous Type Crit. Sunday morning, if there are time slots remaining, sign-up will be opened to Type Crit alumni as well. There are ten time slots available. Each critique will last approximately 10 minutes.
  2. Each typeface presented should be limited to one weight and style. No typeface families will be considered, due to time constraints.
  3. At least four printouts of proofs should be brought to the session. No laptop computers will be allowed for presentations. Hard copy only. Text faces should show actual text set at an appropriate range of sizes.
  4. Cameras and recording devices are welcome, but spectators won’t be guaranteed an advantageous place for viewing, so please arrive on time if you desire a good vantage point.