Presenting at TypeCon

The Society of Typographic Aficionados is now accepting programming proposals for TypeCon2016 — taking place August 24th to 28th in Seattle, Washington.

TypeCon covers an increasingly broad range of topics, including: typography; type design; font production; graphic design; digital media; printing history; calligraphy; lettering; book arts; advertising; wayfinding; type in motion; literacy; type sales and marketing; legal issues; design education; and other related areas.

We are currently requesting proposals for presentations, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and other special events.

Listed below are the standard programming formats for the Main Conference Program, the Type & Design Education Forum, and the Pre-Conference Workshops.

Deadline for Proposals

Deadline Extended!
Monday, March 7th, 2016

Who Can Submit?

You! Seriously, anyone can submit a proposal. TypeCon is a submissions-driven conference. Our conference is enriched by the innovation, interest, and intellect you can bring to it. If you have something to share, submit a proposal. If you’re not sure how or what’s involved, keep reading below.

What Do You Get Out of It?

If your proposal is accepted, you will receive a FREE full conference registration. You also receive access to a special speakers-only Meet & Greet held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel during TypeCon.

Programming Formats

Main Conference Program

Friday, August 26th
Saturday, August 27th
Sunday, August 28th

Presentation options include:

Full-length Presentations

  • 40 minutes, including time for audience Q & A

Type in 20 Presentations

  • 20 minutes, including time for audience Q & A (if any)

Panel Discussions

  • Requires a minimum of three panelists representing a range of experience and expertise in a given topic. An experienced moderator is necessary for all panels — the Programming Committee will choose a moderator at its discretion if an appropriate candidate does not emerge. A moderator may also serve as a panelist where appropriate. Panel discussions range from 45–75 minutes, depending on the topic.

Type & Design Education Forum

Thursday, August 25th

The Type & Design Education Forum is unique within the TypeCon format. With specialized content produced for educators by educators, the “Ed Forum” provides a unique opportunity to share and learn from our fellow colleagues in a more intimate, all-day setting prior to main the conference program. Here, you can find inspiration, network, and discover new friends.

This year’s forum theme is Re Sound or Resound.

In teaching typography and design, some lessons need to be reinforced and some are resounding. What sort of lesson benefits from reiteration, and what methods are employed for sustained learning? What sort of lesson need only be given once, and what makes it resonate?

In addition (and new this year), recent and current graduate students are invited to submit a proposal on their thesis. We are interested in the process undertaken to acquire a thesis topic as well as the method of development of the thesis. Faculty, encourage your students to submit!

  • 20 minute presentations, plus time for audience Q & A

Pre-Conference Workshops

Wednesday, August 24th
Thursday, August 25th

Workshops should give attendees and opportunity to “get their hands dirty” and expand their creative, aesthetic, and technological horizons.

Full-day Workshops

  • 7 hours (with break for lunch at midday)

Half-day Workshops

  • 3.5 hours (no break)

Tours & Special Events

Wednesday, August 24th
Thursday, August 25th
Friday, August 26th
Saturday, August 27th
Sunday, August 28th

Any events, tours, exhibitions, or attractions showcasing typography, design, or the visual arts in Seattle and the surrounding region are welcome.

How To Submit

Proposals for the Main Program, Pre-Conference Workshops, or the Type & Design Education Forum may be submitted using the handy online form. Be prepared to provide an abstract explaining your talk/workshop, supporting information, and your bio.

Submit Your Proposal!

Proposals or ideas for Special Events may be emailed to email hidden

You may submit multiple proposals.

Deadline for all proposals is Monday, March 7th, 2016

Selection Process

All proposals will be evaluated and scored by the Programming Committee, which is formed from members of the SOTA board and outside, independent reviewers. At any point during the selection process, a representative from the Programming Committee may reach out for further clarification or approach you to help adapt your presentation for consideration and selection.

Applicants can expect to be notified no later than Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

If you need further clarification or you’re submitting a proposal for the first time and could use some coaching, please contact us. That’s what we’re here for.

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Have someone you’d like to recommend submit a proposal? Do it. It would be best if you gave us an email introduction and we can get the ball rolling.

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