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Teaching Type @TypeCon 2014

Saturday, 19 July 2014

TypeCon is the annual conference hosted by the Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA), the international organisation dedicated to typography and typographic design.

This year's conference takes place in Washington DC from July 30-Aug 3rd and one interesting event in the program is the ninth annual Type & Design Education Forum, a day of special programming focussing on the concerns and developments for typography in design education. The forum takes place on July 31st at the Hyatt Regency Washington, and the theme this year, "Keeping It Real : Learning from Trial & Error", looks at the creative process involved in actually teaching design, investigating aspects of reflective practice, workshop strategies and classroom approaches.

The full program, available on the Typecon website at TypeCon/Education, looks pretty interesting, with plenty of hands-on examples, demonstrations and talks by leading design educators and typographers.

Other highlights from TypeCon 2014 include a much-anticipated keynote presentation by Tobias Frere-Jones, one of the world's leading type designers, and formerly a partner with Jonathan Hoefler at Hoefler & Frere-Jones in New York. Their public and acrimonious falling out earlier this year has been a major talking point for typographers worldwide. Frere-Jones currently teaches typeface design at the Yale School of Art MFA program, alongside Matthew Carter (who designed Verdana and Georgia). Should be well worth seeing if you are lucky enough to be there.

TypeCon 2014
Font War : Design World's $20Million Divorce (via Business Week)
What Went Wrong Between Type Legends (via FastcoDesign)
Tobias Frere-Jones