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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Prix Charles Peignot
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).
- From the statutes of the ATypI
- Past conferences, on the website of the ATypI
- ATypI announces 2012 conference location