Mia Cinelli presenting during TypeCon2019 in Minneapolis

TypeCon Philadelphia has been postponed to 2021.

Read the announcement.

TypeCon needs you!

The Society of Typographic Aficionados is now accepting programming proposals for TypeCon2020 — taking place August 12–16th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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 seeking proposals for presentations, hands-on workshops, and other special events.

Deadline for proposals

Monday, March 30th, 2020 — Extended!

Who can submit?

You! Seriously, anyone can submit a proposal. TypeCon is a submissions-driven conference: our program is enriched by the innovation, interest, and intellect you can bring to it. If you have something to share (and we know you do!) please submit a proposal.

First-time speakers are welcome! If you’re not sure how or what’s involved, keep reading below (and download our handy-dandy Submissions Guide).

What do you get out of it?

If your proposal is accepted, you will receive a free full conference registration. You’ll also receive access to an exclusive meet and greet reception for speakers, workshop leaders, keynote presenters, and industry influencers. Additional discounted passes are available for spouses, partners, and guests. You’ll also receive some great swag and bragging rights, too!

What should I talk about?

TypeCon offers several programming options for you to consider: 20-minute Main Program presentations; 10- and 20-minute Education Forum presentations; half-, full-, or two-day workshops; guided tours and field trips; exhibitions; and other type-related events. Have lots of ideas? We’re all ears: there is no limit to the number of proposals you may submit. Tell us what’s on your mind!

Main Program

This year’s Main Conference Program will take place on Friday, August 14th; Saturday, August 15th; and Sunday, August 16th. For both speaker and audience comfort, Main Conference presentations are limited to 20 minutes, including time for audience Q & A. Previous presentation topics have explored a wide range of topics including medieval blackletter calligraphy, font marketing, and non-Latin writing systems. We look for subject matter that will be appealing to typographers, designers, lettering artists, calligraphers, printmakers, educators, students or other “letterheads” who will be attending the conference. If you’re passionate about about your topic, chances are TypeCon attendees will be too.

For more information, download our Submissions Guide.

Education Forum

The Type & Design Education Forum, produced for educators by educators, will take place on Thursday, August 13th. This “Ed Forum” provides a unique opportunity to share and learn from our fellow colleagues in a more intimate, all-day setting prior to the main conference program. Here, you can find inspiration, network, and discover new friends. Ed Forum presentations are limited to 10 or 20 minutes, plus time for audience Q & A.

This year, we are welcoming Education Forum proposals that represent Teachers/Mentors, Teaching, and Students:

Teachers/Mentors: Presentations describing the work and life of a special teacher or mentor, and how this person has been an influence on your own work and teaching. Who is your unsung or well-known hero?

Teaching: Presentations on innovative teaching in typography and design.

Students: Presentations on a thesis project by recent or current students describing the process undertaken to acquire a topic as well as the method of development of the thesis, and the (visual) outcomes.

For more information, download our Submissions Guide.

Pre-Conference Workshops

This year’s pre-conference workshops will take place on Wednesday, August 12th and Thursday, August 13th. Workshops should give attendees an opportunity to “get their hands dirty” while expanding their creative, entrepreneurial, and technological horizons. Highly attended events usually involve topics centered around technique or production. Two-day Workshops last 7 hours each (with a break for lunch each midday). Full-day Workshops last 7 hours (with break for lunch at midday). Half-day Workshops are 3.5 hours in length (no breaks).

For more information, download our Submissions Guide.

Tours & Special Events

Any events, tours, exhibitions, or attractions showcasing typography, design, or the visual arts in Philadelphia and the surrounding region are welcome. Such events should take place during the conference (Wednesday, August 12th – Sunday, August 16th).

Okay, okay! How do I submit my ideas?

First, be sure to review our Submissions Guide. Then, gather your thoughts and navigate to our convenient online submissions form.

Be prepared to provide the following information as part of your proposal:

Basic information: Name, affiliation, title, email, phone, social media.
Bio: A brief biography for publication, 800 characters or less.

View an example speaker bio

Photo: Headshot image, 1200×1200 pixels square, black & white preferred.
Abstract: Summary of proposed talk or workshop, 1,200 characters or less.

View examples of last year’s presentation abstracts

You may also need to provide the following information, in certain situations:

Co-presenter: If you have a co-presenter, the above information is required for that person as well.
Education Forum: In addition to the above information, a CV and a minimum of 6 supporting images are required for proposals.
Workshops: In addition to the above information, you’ll need to include the duration of your proposed workshop as well as the realistic maximum number of attendees you can fairly teach.

Proposals or ideas for special events and exhibits may be emailed to email hidden

Remember, if selected, your abstract will appear on the TypeCon website and in the printed program. And as always, you may submit multiple proposals!

Submit Your Proposal!

The deadline for all proposals is Monday, March 30th, 2020, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time

How are proposals selected?

All proposals are evaluated and scored using a blind selection process to fill 90% of the presentation slots. The reviewers are members of the SOTA board as well as independent, non-affiliated individuals. The Programming Committee, consisting of SOTA board members, then select presentations for the remaining slots based on the aim for a diverse program and for diversity, equity and inclusion concerning speakers. Details regarding the selection process can be reviewed in our Submissions Guide.

When will I find out if my proposal was accepted?

Applicants can expect to be notified via email in early April, 2020.

I have more questions!

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!

Email us at email hidden

Is there someone you would like to see on stage at TypeCon? Please email hidden and we’ll encourage them to submit a proposal.

Thank you for your submissions, and we hope to see you in Philadelphia!

Photo of Mia Cinelli by Samantha Rickner