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TYPO San Francisco Returns April 2013

The first TYPO San Francisco took place this past April and was a huge success. Our second TYPO will once again feature a diverse array of local and international creative and inspiring speakers across multiple industries.

TYPO San Francisco Contrast takes place April 11 and 12, 2013, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Confirmed speakers include:

Jessi Arrington
Ludovic Balland
Marian Bantjes
Peter Bil’ak
Matthew Butterick
Keetra Dixon
Jens Gehlhaar
Meena Kadri
Erik Kessels
Somi Kim
Travis Kochel
Eike (Hort) Koenig
Faythe Levine
Tom Manning
Christoph Niemann
Mike Salisbury
Satsuki Shibuya
Erik Spiekermann
Jeff Veen
Armin Vit
Ursus Wehrli

Registration is now open. Early bird tickets save you $100 before December 31.

While you’re off for Thanksgiving, have a look at what TYPO San Francisco 2012 was all about:

Office Gallery Opening Recap

Our gallery opening last Thursday was a hit. People enjoyed not only our renovated space, the art, and food, but a specially-curated music playlist based on the 100 best typefaces of all time. Check out the playlist on Spotify.

In addition to the photography and type samples on display, our space has two mannequins dressed with authentic replica costumes. One of our savvy engineers gave them life with special projected video and speech boxes. Scroll down to see what we mean.

Thanks again to all of you who were able to stop by. It was great to see our friends in the Bay Area design community, members of AIGA, and some of our TYPO speakers and volunteers.

If you live in or are visiting the Bay Area, you’re welcome to stop by see our office and the gallery. Just send us an email.

Office Gallery Opening

We’ve been up to more than usual here at FontShop.

Earlier this year our San Francisco office underwent renovation. We now have more space, a new kitchen, and new shades for our large windows.

Our expansion also gave us new, freshly painted walls, just waiting to be covered with something. What to do with all the blank wall space?

We created a gallery. It features photographs from our staff showcasing travel and hobbies. We also dug into our archives and selected a variety of typographic catalogs, posters, postcards to cover the walls. This gallery showcases both the personality of our team and the history of FontShop.

We’re so thrilled with the results, we’re having a party to celebrate. If you live in the Bay Area stop on by Thursday August 16 from 5–8pm. View full details and RSVP here.

Starting Monday, August 20, if you’d like to drop by to see the gallery send us an email.

Michael’s Musings from TYPO Berlin

First Officer, Michael Pieracci, of FontShop’s San Francisco office, recently headed to Berlin to experience TYPO: Shift. Below are some of his pictures and thoughts from the conference.

The venue for TYPO has been for many years the “Haus der Kulturen der Welt” (“House of the Cultures of the World”) also known as the “pregnant oyster”. It was originally a gift from the US after WWII.

I attended the presentation Emojis, hieroglyphs and typographic mega-niches. New from Unicode by Johannes Bergerhausen and Siri Poarangan. I learned quite a bit about the current state of Unicode, and how there’s much enthusiasm to add old/obscure languages to it. The presenters made an interesting point: adding languages means connecting a culture to the digital/internet realm. The Cherokee language recently became part of Unicode and is now usable on the iPhone. The presenters explain more at their site,

Yves Peters, author of the FontFeed, brought his ScreenFonts blogs to life presenting on the typography of movie posters with great slides. I loved the pictogram alternative to Psycho.

Petr van Blokland presented Designer update: what’s next?  on technologies that are relevant to designers today and for the future (HTML5, CSS3, cloud computing), and what’s obsolete (Flash, Word, InDesign).

Lots of attendees, especially students, relaxed and spent time at the drawing table with pens, paper, and blank t-shirts creating beautiful illustrations and lettering. The table had a stack of stencils of the font Fummel, made up of modules to construct any letter. Fummel is available for download on our Free Fonts page.

Did you go to TYPO? What was your experience?