Get early bird tickets for the Cooper Union’s Typographics festival 2024

As for the new, the industry’s advancements will be reflected. “There are sure to be a few talks that focus on or at least touch on AI and design, which of course is on everyone’s mind these days,” Cara says. But there will also be an improvement of some of its formats, such as finding ways to create a greater connection between the speaker and audience during Q&A conversations. “We want to find a way to spark more interaction with the audience, but not have it weigh down the flow and experience.”

The festival will also feature Typographics’ TypeLab. Beginning as an anti-conference at the ATypl conference some decades ago, its first facilitator, the graphic designer, software author and typeface designer Petr van Blokland agreed to host its revival at Typographics in 2015, and it has been a staple ever since. “The spirit of TypeLab is to be a creative space, spontaneous, educational, with a spirit of sharing, peer to peer and young to old,” Cara tells us, “a space for troubleshooting, critique, challenging out notions of design, tools and education.” In the two years after Covid’s canceled events, Typographics has seen more hosts joining the TypeLab team and the online platform has gained more popularity across the world, which will be preserved even though the festival is now in person.

For The Cooper Union, Typographics 2024 is all about bridging connections, and the balanced lineup creates a space for budding designers to see their varied interests, design approaches, and languages reflected. Take speaker Vera van der Seyp for example, whose work focuses on machine learning and code to create letterforms that are both “contemporary and futuristic”, says Cara. Or Gen Ramirez, a typeface designer who also specialises in lettering, who will also be speaking at the event. Gen also teaches and has nurtured a community of designers in Latin America called Letrástica Communidad. “He and his Croatian partner just recently released a type family called YuMex with OhNo Type Foundry inspired by letterforms from a time when Mexican culture was popular in former Yugoslavia. We look forward to hearing about work that is both personal and historic,” says Cara.

All in all, Typographics 2024 balances established and emerging design voices and a range of disciplines across a diverse geographical and language background. The Cooper Union is using its position to foster connections throughout the industry, across hierarchy, position and interests. “The type community is already a kind and inclusive place and we want to nurture that,” Cara ends.

Typographics 2024 will take place from 10-18 June. For more information on its variety of events and access to early-bird tickets, click here.

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