Tobias Frere-Jones

The Society of Typographic Aficionados is delighted to announce that illustrious typeface designer Tobias Frere-Jones will be keynote speaker during TypeCon2014. The keynote presentation will take place the evening of Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

In Letters We Trust

Letterforms have been a means of security for centuries, both for citizens and governments. This talk will follow the ways that letterforms have been employed to protect individual identities and national economies. Banknotes will be the central theme, with examples from 18th century to the present day. Also brief tangents into other documents (passports, ration stamps, vendor permits, land deeds).

About Tobias Frere-Jones

Over 25 years, Tobias Frere-Jones has established himself as one of the world’s leading typeface designers and created some of the most popular typefaces of our time. Frere-Jones received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1992. He joined the faculty of the Yale University School of Art in 1996 and has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. His work is in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2006, The Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague (KABK) awarded him the Gerrit Noordzij Prijs, for his contributions to typographic design, writing and education. In 2013 he received the AIGA Medal, in recognition of exceptional achievements in the field of design.