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Type design workshop


TypoTopo Talks

Presentations and lectures on typography and type design today

– Thursday, 27 October 2011, 3 – 8  p.m.
Academy of Fine Arts and Design
Hviezdoslavovo square 18, Bratislava, room 135

Presentations will be held in English. This event is open to public free of charge.
Talks hosted by Palo Bálik (Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava)

Nikola Djurek (HR) David Březina (CZ) Samo Čarnoký (SK) Serfőző Péter (HU) Marcus Sterz (A) Tomasz Bierkowski (PL) Andrej Krátky (SK) Filip Blažek (CZ) Aljaž Vindiš (SI)

(presentations up to 30 minutes, break 5 – 5.30 p.m.)

3 – 5 p.m.

Historical influences in my work
Nikola Djurek will show and explain few of his projects  where historical influences were very important. OLD / NEW connections. From ideas, sketches, design decisions to final products.

Specifying type consistency
Consistency is one of the main qualities of successful typefaces. What do designers do in order to achieve it throughout their work and how it relates to readability of their typefaces? If topography is a way to describe the essence behind landscape features, type specifications are descriptions of the important characteristics in particular typeface designs.

Retro flavour (Retro types with Lečo flavour)
Mapping and documentary view on the retro typography from the period 1960s and 1980s. Confrontation of past and present. Inspiration by retro feeling for Samo’s own type design.

TipoTopo in Hungary (An overview of topography related Hungarian graphic design and typography)
Peter Serfőző will show a small selection of topography related or inspired Hungarian graphic design and typography, including typefaces, maps, identities. A poster collection with maps of Budapest built of typefaces, a fine typographic calendar, a typeface inspired by old maps and many more.

Break 5 – 5.30 p.m.

5.30 – 8 p.m.

In 80 slides around the world
Marcus Sterz loves travelling and will take you to some places of typographic interest.

Rational relativization of typographical rules
(Does the knowledge of typographic rules make us a good designers?)

In his lecture, Tomasz Bierkowski points out that the knowledge of typographical rules (especially microtypography) doesn’t make graphic designers automatically professional.
It is not enough to only know the rules; it is just a base to find a solution in building proper communication by typography… Tomasz explains where are the mental traps and how to work responsibly and effectively with typographic rules.

NARA – the typeface that never existed
The story of the search for gaps in type classification. Driven by an idea to fill the “white space on the map” of the type history, the Nara typeface started as a thought inspired by a type classification scheme. It was completed more than 20 years after its initial design.

The World of Diacritics
A visual guide to the world of European accents. How to design correct diacritical marks, which combinations of accented letters can appear in one word, how to kern letters with diacritical marks and what are the most common mistakes type designers make.

Written in stone (Translating the dialect and environment of Slovenian Alps and Carst into chiseled words)
Slovenian language is as rich as the Slovenian landscape. Typography is often met with limitations in interpreting that richness. The projects for Čiginj and Grintovec present a trial in overcoming the limits by innovation in type design, both in form and in relation to phonetics. The second project is a logical continuation of the first, educating the participants of the TipoBrda workshop about the challenges and facilitating them to design the solutions, teaching them the craft of stone carving in the process.

Exhibition and party

FreeDom Gallery, A. Hlinku 3, Báhoň

– Saturday, 29 October 2011, 5 p.m.
FreeDom Gallery in Báhoň (A. Hlinku 4). Exhibition will show workshop results – lettering, fonts, specimens, calligraphy.

Exhibition in Satelit – TypoTopoTour (SK)

– Tuesday, October  22 – Sunday, October 27, 2011
Travelling exhibition at the exhibition and information point Satelit (Dobrovičova 3, Bratislava) will show documentation of the TypoTopo workshop and works of students freely connecting disciplines of typography and topography.