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Typographic pioneers Berlow and Carter, other TN partners on the roster at ATypI 2018

In a city where history and progress converge so profoundly, it’s fitting that two of our partners known for honoring typographic heritage—while always moving forward—are in the spotlight during ATypI’s Antwerp conference.

After twenty-five years, the annual gathering of the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) returns to Antwerp, Belgium, home of the Plantin-Moretus Museum—a UNESCO World Heritage Site and arguably the soul of the Western typographic universe. Two of Type Network‘s esteemed partners, Matthew Carter and David Berlow, will play major roles in the onstage action.

Portrait of Matthew Carter drawn by Cyrus Highsmith
Portrait of Matthew Carter drawn by Cyrus Highsmith.

Matthew Carter

On Wednesday, September 12, Type Network sponsors “Over the top,” Matthew Carter’s opening keynote address. Going back all the way to 1971, Carter will revisit some of the topics he covered in the ten previous talks he has given at ATypI conferences. Those include—but are not confined to—newspaper text types, experimental type design, type and technology, the origins of his Galliard and Walker type designs, Bruce Rogers’ Centaur type, and legibility research.

Carter’s keynote is free and open to the general public, and will take place at Antwerp’s majestic Arenberg Theater, the main venue for this year’s ATypI conference. Seating is limited, so hurry and reserve your ticket on Eventbrite. If you’re an ATypI speaker or full-conference attendee, you’re guaranteed a seat, so there’s no need to register separately.

Portrait of David Berlow drawn by Cyrus Highsmith
Portrait of David Berlow drawn by Cyrus Highsmith.

David Berlow

One of the pioneers of font variations and a current trailblazer for the variable font format, David Berlow will deliver a highly anticipated presentation about the brave new world of (digital) typography. In “Confessions of a variator,” the cofounder of Font Bureau and Type Network will look back on twenty-five years of innovation, and forward to the still-untapped potential of the OpenType 1.8 specification.

Berlow’s talk will take place on Saturday, September 15, also at the Arenberg. While this presentation is not open to the public, as another benefit to the community, ATypI will release video of Berlow, Carter, and other speakers soon after the live events.

Other Type Network partners taking the stage in Antwerp include Retype’s Ramiro Espinoza on “Cutting punches in the 21st century,” Underware with “Hi Hoi,” and David Jonathan Ross, who will participate in the annual ATypI type crit. And give a round of applause to Type-Ø-Tones’ Laura Meseguer, who developed and executed the conference identity with Crystian Cruz.

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