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Wednesday, August 23rd

Downtown Boston Type Walk

Join the entertaining Paul Shaw for one of two leisurely walks through parts of historic Boston. This walk will take you around Downtown Boston and the waterfront area. The oldest part of Boston, the walk will include much 19th century lettering as well as excellent examples of lettering from the Art Deco era. Among the businesses with interesting lettering will be newspapers, merchant houses, transportation companies, and government agencies. As a bonus, this area includes some studios and businesses of such graphic design and printing notables as the Barta Press, T.M. Cleland, W.A. Dwiggins, T.B. Hapgood, the Heintzemann Press, Lincoln & Smith Printers, the Plimpton Press, D.B. Updike of The Merrymount Press, and the paper company S.D. Warren.

Walk co-sponsored by Legacy of Letters.

Can’t make this walk? There’s another one scheduled for Sunday.

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Maximum Participants: 15

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Wednesday, August 23rd

Special Presentation
Alex Trochut

Non-verbal Communication and the Written Medium

Letter design is the non-verbal communication of the written medium. It is not what you say. It is how you say it. Style becomes the message. Letters are a flexible matter, a human creation in constant change. Similar to fashion or music, letters have a connection with identity and every typographic style will have its place and time in history.

Alex Trochut will explain his creative process — a mix of conveying the demands of the client’s brief and his personal take on typographic rules.

Presented by the Type Directors Club

Presentation: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Reception: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

MassArt
621 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

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This event is open to the public.

Cost: $10.00 (Free if you’re a registered TypeCon attendee)

Please bring your conference badge or ID to enter the event.

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Thursday, August 24th

Type Day in Providence

Join the knowledgable (and affable) Paul Shaw for a day-long adventure in Providence, Rhode Island. After travelling by train to Providence, the day will begin with a lettering tour of downtown Providence which is rich in juicy lettering from the mid-19th century through the 1950s, including ghost signs, Victoriana, Art Deco, and Modernist sans serifs. Then we will have lunch at a local eatery. The day will conclude with a visit to the Providence Public Library to see material from its Updike Collection of typographia as well as items printed by The Merrymount Press. Daniel Berkeley Updike, proprietor of The Merrymount Press, was the author of Printing Types: A Study of Survivals (1922), a groundbreaking work of typographic history. The Updike Collection was founded upon material (e.g. type specimens) that he collected as part of his research. It includes many items not found in any other library or collection, such as a broadside specimen showing the typefaces of Isaac Moore. This is a special opportunity to indulge a love of letters and type.

Cost of transportation is included in the fee, but not lunch.
Tour co-sponsored by Legacy of Letters.

9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Cost: $25
Maximum Participants: 12

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Thursday, August 24th

Keynote Presentation
Martina Flor

Presented by the Society of Typographic Aficionados

Reception: 6:30 – 7:00 pm
Presentation: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Grand Ballroom A
Park Plaza Hotel
50 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116

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This event is open to the public.

Cost: $10.00 (Free if you’re a registered TypeCon attendee)

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Friday, August 25th

Modular Letterpress Blox Demo

Richard Kegler will be on hand to demonstrate his modular P22 Blox project in all its thermoplastic-elastomer glory.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Grand Ballroom B
Park Plaza Hotel
 

Friday, August 25th

The SOTA Spacebar

Our second annual Friday night mixer is best described as … a game, wrapped in a conversation, finished with a selfie. Suffice it to say that you’ll have every reason to meet some people you’ve always wanted to, make some friends you never expected to, and connect with people in our industry — all in a casual setting on the rooftop of The Revere Hotel.

Hosted by Adobe Typekit

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Rooftop@Revere
The Revere Hotel
200 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116
 

Friday, August 25th

Screening
Graphic Means

A History of Graphic Design Production

After rubbing elbows with your new found Spacebar friends, enjoy a screening of Briar Levit’s documentary Graphic Means — an entertaining exploration of graphic design production of the 1950s through the 1990s. The screening will be followed by a “Cold Type” discussion featuring a lively panel of experts.

8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Grand Ballroom A
Park Plaza Hotel

This event is open to the public.

Cost: $5.00 (Free if you’re a registered TypeCon attendee)

Please bring your conference badge or ID to enter the event.

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Saturday, August 26th

Brush Lettering Demo

Christopher Rouleau is a freelance graphic designer, letterer, and visual artist based in Toronto. He is also the co-founder of Ligatures, Toronto’s typography hub. Using analog lettering techniques to evoke the pre-digital commercial arts style of the 1940s–1960s, Christopher will be offering a demonstration of his brush and ink lettering, as well as custom cards and prints for sale.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

SOTA Marketplace
Grand Ballroom B
Park Plaza Hotel
 

Saturday, August 26th

Book Signing

Meet type designer and author Carolyn Porter as she signs copies of her recent book, Marcel’s Letters: A Font and the Search for One Man’s Fate. The book recounts the development of P22 Marcel Script, a font based on the handwritten World War II love letters of French forced laborer Marcel Heuzé.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

SOTA Marketplace
Grand Ballroom B
Park Plaza Hotel
 

Saturday, August 26th

Chromatic Wood Type Printing Demo

Join us for a colorful chromatic printing demonstration with Geri McCormick and James Grieshaber from Virgin Wood Type. Come see first hand how two parts of type work together to give the illusion of a third color, and print your own keepsake on a proofing press.

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

SOTA Marketplace
Grand Ballroom B
Park Plaza Hotel
 

Saturday, August 26th

The Infamous Type Quiz & Silent Auction

Join your convivial host, Allan Haley for a fantastic evening of food, frivolity, and fonts. Whether you’re a true type geek or a bit typographically challenged, as long as you have some type trivia tucked under your belt, you’re ready for the Type Quiz. And yes, there will be prizes — lots of ’em.

Sponsored by Adobe Typekit

8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Grand Ballroom A
Park Plaza Hotel
 

Sunday, August 27th

Back Bay Type Walk

Join the entertaining Paul Shaw for one of two leisurely walks through parts of historic Boston. This walk will take you around the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston from the Boston Commons to the Prudential Center. The centerpiece of the walk will be an extensive look at the lettering on the exterior and interior of the Boston Public Library. The neighborhood includes several major churches, insurance company buildings, iconic hotels, and leading department stores that are all sources of diverse lettering styles. As a bonus, this area includes some residences, studios and businesses of such graphic design and printing notables as Walter K. Annable and The Berkeley Press, J.M. Bowles, W.A. Dwiggins, Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, Percy Grassby, Herbert Gregson, Amy Sacker, George F. Trenholm, and D.B. Updike of The Merrymount Press.

Walk co-sponsored by Legacy of Letters.

Can’t make this walk? There’s another one scheduled for Wednesday.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Maximum Participants: 15

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Sunday, August 27th

The 16th Annual Type Crit

The always popular Type Crit is back, 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.

A sign-up sheet will be available near the TypeCon registration desk.

2:00 pm – 3:10 pm

Boylston Room
Park Plaza Hotel
 

Sunday, August 27th

TypeCon x Dribbble Meetup

Wind down TypeCon while hanging out with some Boston-area Dribbblers. Grab some swag, meet new people, and enjoy an evening of food, drink, type, and design. Flex your typographic muscles in our silent type tournament and analog Dribbble playoff for a chance to win some great prizes. Space is limited, so make sure to RSVP as soon as you can. We can’t wait to meet you!

Presented by MyFonts

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

District Hall
75 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

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This event is open to the public.

TypeCon attendees do not need to register via Eventbrite, but bring your badge.

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