Granshan 2013 Conference and Competition

CONFERENCE:

Based on the success of the Granshan non-Latin typeface design competition held each year since 2008, the Granshan 2013 non-Latin conference will travel to Southeast Asia for its second incarnation:
http://www.granshan.com/

Organized by Typographische Gesellschaft München (tgm) and its partners*, the core of the event is comprised of four days at the end of July featuring workshops, presentations, exhibitions and a symposium. With presenters and attendees from all corners of the world, Granshan is the only conference focused on non-Latin typefaces. As such, it has itself become a focal point of this rapidly growing and maturing field.

* http://www.granshan.com/en/good-ideas-strong-partners

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COMPETITION:

Now in its 6th year, the increasingly prestigious Granshan competition has added Chinese to the list of writing systems the jury is qualified to judge.
http://www.granshan.org/

Organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia along with Typographische Gesellschaft München, the competition entry fee is a modest 20 Euro, and a grand prize of 1000 Euro will be awarded. The deadline for entry is the 20th of September.

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daverowland's picture

Do you know when tickets go on sale and how much they are?

Bendy's picture

Hrant, are you going? Hope to see you there :-)

hrant's picture

I will be there! I just need to nail down what to talk about in Thailand... I've been there before (it was an amazing experience) but then I was only absorbing, not emitting.

Pricing: They'd previously said it will be very affordable, so it shouldn't be a deal-breaker. I'll let you know when I know more, but you could also contact TGM.

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daverowland's picture

So there's Hrant, Ben and me going. Anyone else from here?

hrant's picture

Adam Twardoch and Paul Hunt too. Less "from here" but some other acquaintances: Lars Harmsen (Slanted Magazine), Gerry Leonidas and Karen Huang (Manic Design, Singapore).

One thing I'm excited about is that -for the first time- I'm going to take a workshop (in fact, two). They have some great ones:
http://www.granshan.com/en/workshops

BTW the official Twitter account is: @GranshanConf

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daverowland's picture

Yeah I saw the workshops. Look good. Will be hard to choose which ones to do. Just got to try and find a working battery for my laptop. Easier said than done here.

daverowland's picture

No laptop battery. There'd better be plug sockets! This might be a silly question but as this will be my first conference of any type (not just type) I can probably be excused a little naïveté. What do you wear to these things? I wear shorts and tshirts everyday, but I'm guessing that would be frowned upon.

hrant's picture

Wow, you're in for some indelible memories. I remember after my first conference (TypeCon-98, which was itself the first TypeCon) I was in an anti-climax for months...

I'm sure you can find sockets - just make sure you have the right adapter. Are you taking a workshop that requires a computer?

Dress-code wise:
1) Don't worry about it, especially if you're not a presenter.
2) Remember that Bangkok is the world's hottest city (counting nights). :-)
3) Thailand has the best short-sleeve buttoned shirts in the world (silk). Buy one or two when you get there.

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daverowland's picture

I live in Thailand so the climate's no problem. I was in Bangkok a few days ago and it's cooler than Samui. I was just worried I might have to wear trousers. It's been a while!

Yeah, I'm doing Gerry's workshop. It was a toss up between his and Ben's. shame they're on at the same time.

JamesM's picture

> I'm sure you can find sockets

You might want to carry a multi-outlet plug or a power strip, so if other folks are already using the socket you can share it.

hrant's picture

I knew you were in South-East Asia, but Thailand, eh? Convenient!

BTW do note that I'm not saying shorts are preferable to trousers. :-)

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Bendy's picture

The workshops are at Chulalongkorn University so I'm sure there'll be enough sockets.

JamesM's picture

You're probably right, but occasionally at conferences or airports the best-located plugs are already in use.

I used to carry an extension cord too, because hotel rooms often had sockets in inconvenient spots, like behind the TV cabinet. Fortunately many hotels these days have added some in better spots, like on the base of the desk lamp.

Bendy's picture

Dave, we can absolutely have an informal Thai session if you're interested; I'll be in Bangkok until the 30th.

hrant's picture

OK, people:
There's about one week left, and airfare costs seem to not have changed since I got my own ticket a few weeks ago. Plus all elements of the conference (including the tantalizing workshops) are totally free... Are you thinking what I think you should be thinking? :-)

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hrant's picture

Dave, if I'm not mistaken (I have an email in the pipeline that should clear it up) the small but charming Imm Fusion Sukhumvit* should be right next to the apartments where -at least some of- the speakers are lodging, and it seems quite affordable.

* http://www.immhotel.com/bangkok/sukhumvit/default-en.html

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Bendy's picture

Looks nice, I just booked for the 29th, and likely to go back there late August after my side-trip to Burma.

hrant's picture

In case it helps here's the link to where some of the speakers will be staying:
http://www.buic.bu.ac.th/index.php/campus-life-creative-campuses/accommo...
But the rates shown are monthly.

And it does look like the Imm Fusion is very close to it.

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daverowland's picture

Thanks, Hrant. I'll take a look.
Ben, that's very kind of you. If I have time I'll take you up on it! Flying back straight after as the inlaws are visiting. If anyone's onward travels should take them to Samui, let me know and we can go for a drink.

5star's picture

I'll be there in spirit ...

hrant's picture

We'll drink some Singha for you.

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5star's picture

some = a couple dozen ...the city don't know what the city is getting.

daverowland's picture

Thailand, eh? Convenient!

Distance-wise, yes, but there are cheaper flights to Bangkok from just about every South East Asian city than there are from Samui. I'd get a train but I'm pressed for time both in and out. It's going to be a flying visit ('scuse the pun!)

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