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ATypI celebrates its 50th annual conference

09-19-2006 10:03 AM CET | Science & Education

Press release from: Typevents LLP

Lisbon, Portugal

Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI), the premier international organisation dedicated to type design, typography, and allied graphic arts, is holding its 50th annual conference 28 September–1 October 2006 in Lisbon, Portugal. This year marks the beginning of ATypI’s two-year celebration of half a century of representing the type business and the typographic community.

“This year, in Lisbon,” says ATypI president Jean Francois Porchez, “ we are starting to celebrate our 50th anniversary, which will be in 2007. Therefore the theme Typographical Journeys and our first visit to Portugal make a perfect fit. We are proud and grateful to say that this years conference organization is being carried-out by Mario Feliciano (Feliciano Typefoundry), type designer in Portugal with international recognition.”

Each ATypI conference is a unique experience, bringing together designers, educators, students, and business people from more than 40 countries to enjoy the programme vision of a local organising team. The local flavour of the host city is a key ingredient in the success of each conference.

The keynote address, “Univers Strikes Back,” will be delivered by Ellen Lupton, writer, designer, and curator with the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. For the first time in recent years, with the cooperation of Lisbon city hall and Experimenta, the ATypI keynote lecture will be open to the public, providing an opportunity for conference attendees to interact with the wider local design community.

The conference’s noteworthy speakers include Massimo Vignelli, Roger Black, Erik Spiekermann, and Gerard Unger and from Portugal Dino dos Santos and Vitor Quelhas, are among many others represented. Two parallel tracks of programming will explore the design of contemporary newspapers, the typographic heritage of the Iberian peninsula, Brazilian typography today, and the changes over the past half century that have made digital fonts ubiquitous and put them into everyone’s hands. Walking tours of Lisbon will give participants first-hand experience of the rich environment of type and lettering in the Portuguese capital.

The main conference will be preceded by TypeTech, a two-day series of technical seminars for font developers.

In addition to the programme of speaker presentations, workshops, and panel discussions, the ATypI conference regularly hosts a number of international design exhibitions, including the annual show of the prestigious juried competition of the Type Directors Club of New York.

For further information about ATypI or the 2006 Lisbon conference, please see the ATypI website ( or contact Simone Wolf at Typevents (e-mail:; telephone: +39 0522 197 53 07).

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ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale) is the premier worldwide organisation dedicated to type and typography. Founded in 1957, ATypI provides the structure for communication, information and action amongst the international type community.

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