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

A $5.00 registration fee applies to the public.

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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

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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

Reception: 7:00 pm
Presentation: 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

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

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This event is free for registered TypeCon attendees. Please bring your conference badge or ID to enter the event.

A $5.00 registration fee applies to the public.

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Friday, August 26th

MuirMcNeil X Monotype

Sponsored by Monotype

Parkside Room
2nd Floor
Crowne Plaza Hotel

This collection of posters features the work of MuirMcNeil, designers of the TypeCon2016 identity. MuirMcNeil was founded in London in 2010 by Hamish Muir and Paul McNeil. Its activities — from professional commissions to independent research projects — focus on the exploration of parametric approaches to form-giving in visual communications. While maintaining the values of personal judgement and intuition, in their typographic collaborations, Muir and McNeil are interested in developing systems that translate processes directly into products. The results can be liberating, dynamic, and often unpredictable.

Muir and McNeil direct their attention specifically to decision making in creative practice and to the ways in which constraints and conditions can influence them beneficially. Their intention is to get to the roots of problems and to grow multiple visual solutions from there. This iterative approach has the potential to generate a wide variety of outputs rather than produce fixed, one-off solutions.

In many of MuirMcNeil’s projects, the frame or page is seen as a field of possibilities that the designers seek to energize through arrangements of text and form. The typefaces that they create for these locations have few stylistic attributes other than those of components within grids that inform spatial organization in rhythmic, structured ways.

On display through Sunday, August 28th.

Friday, August 26th

The SOTA Spacebar

Hosted by Adobe Typekit

6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Patio Pavilion
3rd Floor
Crowne Plaza Hotel

The debut of SOTA’s new 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. 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 Hotel

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.

This year’s quiz consists of two parts. A series of questions with instant prizes, followed by a “varsity” round. The grand prize consists of the Linotype Library of OpenType fonts and “Typophile of the Year” bragging rights. Prizes will be awarded until we run out of loot.

Sunday, August 28th

The 15th Annual Type Crit

1:30 pm – 3:10 pm

Executive Boardroom
5th Floor
Crowne Plaza Hotel

Back for its fifteenth year of laying down the typographic smack, watch the powerhouse trio of Matthew Carter, John Downer, and Akira Kobayashi as they provide gentle, constructive criticism to designers who submit their type designs for review.

Sign up information will be posted shortly.
 

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 Andrea Leksen

3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Six Arms Pub
300 East Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122

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This event has space for 20 participants only.
You must be 21 years or older to participate.
First come, first served.

The cost of this event is $20.00, includes your beer!

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Sunday, August 28th

Pints & Points

Last but not least, join the friendly folks from AIGA Seattle to close up TypeCon with a golden key. We’ll get together at Kells Irish Pub in the historic Butterworth Building — just a block away from the iconic Seattle Public Market and the waterfront. There will be plenty of beer, food, music, and more — while experiencing what makes this city so great and makes you want to come back for more.

Hosted by AIGA Seattle

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Kells Irish Pub
1916 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101

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