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.
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The Society of Typographic Aficionados is organizing Font Aid VI: Aster Affects — a project uniting the typographic and design communities to raise funds for Red Cross relief efforts after the events of Hurricane Sandy.
The project theme will be represented in a typeface consisting entirely of asterisks.
Why the asterisk?
The chart below is a summary of responses to the survey I posted here and on the ATypI list asking about our education and training. It's a very small sample, just 27 responses, and there's a subjective component in the interpretation of the data. For example, if a respondent indicated they were mostly self-taught in an area I gave the response a yellow box, but if a respondent said they studied a subject but learned a lot more on the job, I did not. My purpose was to provide anecdotal data to those interested in discussing this at the TypeCon Education Forum in August. A call for speakers will go out in the coming week. If anyone wishes to be added to the survey data between now and TypeCon, please contact me offline.