ATypI

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The ATypI or Association Typographique Internationale (the International Typography Association) is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to typography and type design. The primary activity of the association is an annual fall conference, held in a different global city each year.

The organisation[edit]

ATypI was founded in 1957 by Charles Peignot (from the French type foundry Deberny & Peignot). The members of the organisation come from the typographic community from all over the world and consist primarily of type designers, representatives of type foundries, graphic designers and typographers.

The organisation is democratically run by an elected board. Each board member is elected by the ATypI general assembly at the annual general meeting for a period of three years. Current members of the Board are: José Scaglione (president), Gerry Leonidas (vice-president), Petra Weitz (vice-president), Thomas Phinney (treasurer), John D. Berry, Jo De Baerdemaeker, Clare Bell, Marina Chaccur, Simon Daniels, Carima El-Behairy, Mark Jamra, Linda Kudrnovská, Eben Sorkin, Keith Tam, Adam Twardoch, Onur Yazıcıgil. Previous presidents were Charles Peignot, John Dreyfus, Tage Bolander, Martin Fehle, Ernst-Erich Marhencke, Mark Batty, Jean François Porchez and John D. Berry.

Goals[1]

  • to promote the creation of type and to obtain legal protection for types and typography in the form of laws and international agreements;
  • to oppose all unauthorized copying with every appropriate means, and
  • to ensure among its members the observance of the laws governing the protection of industrial and intellectual property rights and copyrights;
  • to support work toward the creation of an international agreement that will specifically protect type and graphic designs;
  • to provide an arbitration procedure to decide typographical matters;
  • to maintain contact to and co operation with organizations and associations that pursue similar goals;
  • to create an international documentation center for typographical issues;
  • to establish an information and co ordination center for the members so as to prevent them from being held liable for damages due to ignorance of other people's work;
  • to support members in protecting their typographical interests;
  • to act as arbitrator in typographical disputes between the members themselves or between members and third parties;
  • and finally, to promote a critical understanding of typographical issues through the organization of exhibitions, publications, films, meetings, and other public relations events.

Conference[edit]

The ATypI conference is held internationally, each year at a different city, usually in September or October. It is organised with the help of local members and institutions, often universities or colleges.

Overview of ATypI conferences[2]
Year City Country Website
1 1957 Lausanne   Switzerland
2 1958 Düsseldorf  Germany
3 1959 Paris  France
4 1960 Paris  France
5 1961 Zandvoort  Netherlands
6 1962 Verona  Italy
7 1963 Vienna  Austria
8 1964 Cambridge  United Kingdom
9 1965 Zürich   Switzerland
10 1966 Mainz  Germany
11 1967 Paris  France
12 1968 Frankfurt am Main  Germany
13 1969 Prague  Czech Republic *
14 1970 Bruges  Belgium
15 1971 London  United Kingdom
16 1972 Barcelona  Spain
17 1973 Copenhagen  Denmark
18 1974 Paris  France
19 1975 Warsaw  Poland
20 1976 Hamburg  Germany
21 1977 Lausanne   Switzerland
22 1978 Munich  Germany
23 1979 Vienna  Austria
24 1980 Basel   Switzerland
25 1981 Mainz  Germany
26 1982 Beaune  France
27 1983 Berlin  Germany
28 1984 London  United Kingdom
29 1985 Kiel  Germany
30 1986 Basel   Switzerland
31 1987 New York  United States
32 1988 Frankfurt am Main  Germany
33 1989 Paris  France
34 1990 Oxford  United Kingdom
35 1991 Parma  Italy
36 1992 Budapest  Hungary
37 1993 Antwerp  Belgium
38 1994 San Francisco  United States
39 1995 Barcelona  Spain
40 1996 The Hague  Netherlands
41 1997 Reading  United Kingdom *
42 1998 Lyon  France *
43 1999 Boston  United States *
44 2000 Leipzig  Germany *
45 2001 Copenhagen  Denmark *
46 2002 Rome  Italy *
47 2003 Vancouver  Canada *
48 2004 Prague  Czech Republic *
49 2005 Helsinki  Finland *
50 2006 Lisbon  Portugal *
51 2007 Brighton  United Kingdom *
52 2008 Saint Petersburg  Russia *
53 2009 Mexico City  Mexico *
54 2010 Dublin  Ireland *
55 2011 Reykjavík  Iceland *
56 2012 Hong Kong  China [3]
57 2013 Amsterdam  Netherlands *
58 2014 Barcelona  Spain *

Prix Charles Peignot[edit]

Every three to six years the ATypI awards the Prix Charles Peignot for Excellence in Type Design to a designer under the age of 35, who has made an outstanding contribution to type design. The recipient is chosen by a committee of ATypI members appointed by the Board. Past winners, amongst others, are: Petr van Blokland (1988), Robert Slimbach (1991), Carol Twombly (1994), Jean François Porchez (1998), Jonathan Hoefler (2002), Christian Schwartz (2007), Alexandra Korolkova (2013).

References[edit]

  1. ^ From the statutes of the ATypI
  2. ^ Past conferences, on the website of the ATypI
  3. ^ ATypI announces 2012 conference location

External links[edit]