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Wednesday, August 24th

Nadine Chahine

Why We Design: Looking in from the Outside

There is a tremendous amount of effort needed to transform inert shapes into living letterforms. It is hard work, to create typefaces that speak to the reader. So why do we do it? Is it because we have something to say? But what if that what we want to say has already been said many times before? There have been voices raised in complaint regarding a stagnation in creativity in Latin type design today. Some call it “infillism”. Some are hopeful, others not. This talk is about asking the hard questions in the hope that we each find our own answers.

Reception to follow.

Presented by the Type Directors Club
Hosted by Amazon

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Amazon Doppler Meeting Center
2021 – 7th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

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This event is free for TypeCon attendees.
A $5.00 registration fee applies to the public.

Registration details will be posted shortly.
 

Thursday, August 25th

Type Walk with Paul Shaw

Seattle should be known as much for its wealth of urban lettering as for its legendary rain. Join Paul Shaw on a walking tour of downtown Seattle and see lettering in a variety of materials — terra cotta, tile, stone, enamel, metal, and neon — as well as range of styles from the slab serifs and gothics of the 19th century to Art Deco, 50s modernism and some early work by local calligraphic maven Tim Girvin. There will also be ghost signs. Whether the weather is wet or dry, the lettering in Seattle remains fantastic. Remember to bring your camera!

11:00 am – 2:30 pm

The walk will depart from the Crowne Plaza lobby and head off through Pioneer Square to Belltown.

This event has space for 20 participants only.

To reserve your spot, send an email to email hidden

First come, first served.
 

Thursday, August 25th

Lance Wyman

Keynote Presentation

While best known for his legendary design work for the 1968 Mexico Olympics, Lance Wyman has become an unquestioned master of transforming space through branding and wayfinding over his 50+ year career as a designer and teacher. Through his designs for massive urban systems, airports, zoos, and museums, his thoughtful and culture-sensitive work has helped define the field of environmental graphics. Over the course of his career he has created systems for the Mexico City Metro, National Zoo, American Museum of Natural History, New York Penn Station, National Mall, Minnesota Zoo and Jeddah International Airport among many others. His design work resonates today as much as it did in the 60s when he first began.

Wyman taught corporate and wayfinding design at Parsons the New School for Design in New York for forty years, from 1973 until 2013. He lectures internationally and is still designing. The first compendium of his work, Lance Wyman: The Monograph, was recently published by Unit Editions.

Presented by the Society of Typographic Aficionados
Hosted by Amazon

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Amazon Doppler Meeting Center
2021 – 7th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

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This event is free for TypeCon attendees.
A $5.00 registration fee applies to the public.

Registration details will be posted shortly.
 

Friday, August 26th

The SOTA Spacebar

Hosted by Adobe Typekit

6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Patio Pavilion
3rd Floor
Crowne Plaza Seattle Downtown

Join us for the debut of SOTA’s new mixer event, Spacebar. 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. Also, you’ll have a chance to be one of the first to see a rough/fine cut of Briar Levit’s upcoming documentary Graphic Means — which explores graphic design production of the 1950s through the 1990s.
 

Saturday, August 27th

The Infamous Type Quiz & Silent Auction

Sponsored by Adobe Typekit
Hosted by Allan Haley

8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Evergreen Ballroom
Crowne Plaza Seattle Downtown

Sunday, August 28th

The 15th Annual Type Crit

1:30 pm – 3:10 pm

Executive Boardroom
5th Floor
Crowne Plaza Seattle Downtown

The always popular Type Crit is back, celebrating its fourteenth year of laying down the typographic smack. The masters of typographic analysis and elucidation John Downer and Akira Kobayashi will be joined by the irrepressible Roger Black. The trio will provide gentle, constructive criticism to designers who submit their individual type designs for review.

The Type Crit takes place in the Silver Room on the Mezzanine level of the Sheraton’s Tower Building. A sign-up sheet will be available near the TypeCon registration desk.
 

Sunday, August 28th

Typographic Pub Crawl

Seattle native Andrea Leksen will lead you on a walking tour through the Capitol Hill neighborhood, highlighting unique lettering, graffiti, ghost signs, inscriptions, and murals that plaster the neighborhood. Just east of downtown, and a short walk from the conference hotel, Capitol Hill is a residential area that hosts a prominent nightlife and is the center of Seattle’s counterculture communities. This area is rich with Seattle history, therefore architectural and historical reference will naturally be woven throughout our typographic discussion.

It wouldn’t be Capitol Hill style without stopping to taste some of Seattle’s famous microbrews, so we will enjoy a few schooners along the way, including a visit to one of the oldest breweries in Seattle as well as a long-time Northwest favorite, showcasing eclectic interior décor.

This tour will be the perfect way to get some exercise after sitting in a conference room all weekend, not to mention a great pre-funk to TypeCon’s afterparty on Sunday evening! We will start out at Six Arms Pub and walk up the hill around Pike and Pine streets.

Hosted by Helen Leksen

3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Six Arms Pub
300 East Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122

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The cost of this event is $20.00 + Eventbrite fee

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Sunday, August 28th

Closing Event

Hosted by AIGA Seattle

Details to come.