Last month I went to Typo Berlin, and while the name indicates it’s a type conference, it’s really a general design event.
There was Jonathan Barnbrook on David Bowie, punk rock, and social responsibility. But then Ferdinand Ulrich convincingly presented the work of Gudrun Zapf-von Hesse as a vastly unde-appreciated type designer.
TypoBerlin 2016 had something for nearly everyone. Tobias Frere-Jones spoke about screen fonts as an optical size, as a rehearsal for his Typographics talk.
On hand at TypoLabs (which sounds a whole lot like TypeLab, no?): a GX variation font (Bedhad Esfahbod and Just van Rossum), Python visualizations for type design (Nina Stӧӧβinger), and DTL tools in RoboFont (Frank Blokland). Participants explored new design space axes (Erik van Blokland) and a TypeCooker workshop.
Plus, there were terrific parties at Alphabet Type and Lucas Fonts. If you’re attending Typographics, here’s something I learned in Berlin: Check out everything happening outside and around the lecture for the full experience.