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It’s TypeCon Week, which in the land of type geeks, means days and nights filled with typographic inspiration, scholarship and debauchery. Unless, like me, you’re not going to TypeCon this year. As my social media feeds fill with the hashtags, the inevitable filtered shots of Portland signage and the local typographic faux-pas, I’ll be watching enviously and refreshing my browser incessantly from the sidelines. For those of you who are about to embark on your TypeCon voyage, here is some unsolicited advice on what to do (and not to do) from a six-time offender.

The Society of Typographic Aficionados is pleased to announce the fourth annual SOTA Catalyst Award. The award is targeted at young people who have created original work in type design, type history, or other areas related to typography. The award recognizes a person 25 years of age or younger who shows both achievement and future promise in the field of typography. The purpose of the award is to act as a catalyst in the career of a young person who does not yet have broad exposure in the profession.

Stumptown. Rip City. Beervana. PDX.

The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) is pleased to announce that Portland, Oregon, has been selected as host city for TypeCon2013. Thanks to the top notch crew of local typophiles who have been instrumental in helping us bring TypeCon to The City of Roses.

TypeCon2013 will take place August 21st – 25th at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower. A discounted room rate will once again be available to TypeCon attendees. Details regarding conference registration and hotel reservations will be posted as they become available.

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--Learn more: http://blog.fonts.com/2012/07/24/the-complete-engraver/

--View images: visit http://slidesha.re/MwxZYU

Fonts.com is proud to announce two new releases – the JMC Engraver & Feldman Engraver typeface families – by Monotype Imaging designer Terrance Weinzierl. Commissioned as companions to Nancy Sharon Collins’ new book The Complete Engraver: A Guide to Monograms, Crests, Ciphers, Seals, and the Etiquette and History of Social Stationery, these fonts are FREE for download from Fonts.com. Simply add to your cart and enjoy.

Looking for a challenge? Want cool, free, type stuff? Test your “metal” at the 2012 TypeCon Typographic Quiz.

Monotype Imaging is pleased to be a sponsor of TypeCon2012 – the annual conference presented by the non-profit Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA). Several of our resident type experts from around the world will be sharing their knowledge and skills. Come by and join us as we take a look at Arabic typography, rare stockpiles of British typographic history, new aviation type trends for cockpit navigation and so much more.

Here are our Typecon2012’s “not to miss” highlights:

Show off your new faces at TypeCon!

Submissions are now being accepted for inclusion in TypeGallery2012, the annual unjuried showcase of new typeface design presented by the Society of Typographic Aficionados.

Typefaces that have been created, published, or significantly updated between June 2011 and July 2012 will be accepted. Both traditional type specimens and designs showcasing typefaces in use will be accepted. Please review the submission guidelines for complete details.

The submission deadline is July 27th, 2012.

The Society of Typographic Aficionados will once again be holding its annual silent auction during TypeCon2012 — raising funds for their various educational and community activities. We are looking for any typographic trinkets, knickknacks, bibelots, ornaments, baubles, objet d’art, collector’s items, rarities, curiosities, oddities, kickshaws, or tchotchkes that you’re ready to part with. Donating them to the auction and share your exceptional taste with other type aficionados and collectors. It’s also a perfect way to clear space on your shelves for new collectables. Above all, you’re helping support a great cause.

Once again, the Society of Typographic Aficionados will be holding a silent auction during TypeCon to raise funds for their educational activities. If you have any typographic trinkets, knickknacks, bibelots, ornaments, baubles, objet d’art, collector’s items, rarities, curiosities, oddities, kickshaws, or tchotchkes that you’re willing to part with … donate them to this year’s silent auction. Share your exceptional taste with other type fiends, clear space on your shelves so you can buy new collectable, and above all … help support a great cause.

Since SOTA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, your donations are tax-deductible, as well.

Who is going to TypeCon 2011 in New Orleans?

And for bonus points: if not, which ones might you be going to instead, ATypI? TypeTalks? TypoBerlin? TypoLondon? others?

Hello typophiles!

I am planning on attending TypeCon this year for the second time, and I'm looking for a roommate to make the trip affordable. I'm a 24-year-old female graphic designer passionate about all things typography.

I did my thesis project on educating people about typography through three books I wrote and designed about the ampersand, and an interactive ampersand installation.

My preference would be for a female roommate, but I am open to anyone would might be a good fit. I am open to staying at the Royal Sonesta, a nearby hotel (maybe cheaper), or even a hostel.

You can check out my personal website here: http://mollymcleod.com, and email me at molly.ampersand@gmail.com if you or anyone you know is looking for a roommate!

thanks,
Molly

We’re pleased to announce that registration for this year’s conference is now open. Take advantage of early bird pricing by registering before May 31st. You can save even more on registration by joining the Society of Typographic Aficionados or renewing your SOTA membership.

This year’s incredible conference program is starting to come together. Over 100 of the brightest names in type and design will be sharing their knowledge and skills during TypeCon2011: Surge, including:

The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) has announced that Erin McLaughlin of New York, NY, will be the recipient of the 2011 SOTA Catalyst Award. The award was created by SOTA in 2010 to recognize a person thirty years of age or younger who demonstrates significant achievement and future promise in the field of typography. Erin will present her work and receive the award at TypeCon2011: Surge, taking place in New Orleans, July 5th–10th.

The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) is thrilled to be bringing TypeCon2011: Surge to New Orleans, Louisiana — July 5th - 10th, 2011 — and is now accepting programming proposals for its thirteenth annual conference.

We are currently reviewing proposals for contemporary and historical presentations and panel discussions, focused hands-on workshops in both the digital and non-digital realms, and a variety of programming for the Type & Design Education Forum and other special events.

Please visit the TypeCon site for program details and submission criteria.

I was surprised after taking a superficial look at the Adobe fonts on Typekit. They appear to be autohinted TTFs converted from CFF by FontForge.

Considering the perceived tone on the TypeCon's webfont panel about how bad-for-the-industry autohinting is, has even Adobe accepted that this is "good enough" and not worth the time and money to build by hand?

I will be speaking at TypeCon on the subject of my collection of vintage type and design from the English fabric trade and thought I should create a blog which gives a taste of the collection.
It is not complete or well done (I only started building it Monday) but please take a look at it here.

www.textiletrademarks.com

Best regards and maybe see you at TypeCon

Adrian Wilson

Hi folks,

I am going to Los Angeles, next August, for TypeCon 2010 Babel. I would like to share a room with another guy who will attend at this same convention, and wants to be hosted at Hyatt hotel (same venue of TypeCon).

Hi folks,

I am going to Los Angeles, next August, for TypeCon 2010 Babel. I would like to share a room with another guy who will attend at this same convention, and wants to be hosted at Hyatt hotel (same venue of TypeCon).

Dear typophiles,

I am doing background research for the TypeCon Education Forum this summer where we will discuss what might comprise a post-graduate degree program in typography here in the U.S.
Please look over the list below and respond by identifying any areas which you have been educated in, have had training in, or have investigated on your own in order to further your typographic work.

This survey is meant for anyone who considers that typography is central to their main line of work. You do not have to be a type designer. Also, feel free to add any areas you think have been overlooked. My objective is to learn what kind of backgrounds those who are currently working in the field have.

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