The Teapot’s About to Whistle – Join us at TypeCon2006!

Written by Tiffany Wardle de Sousa on August 3, 2006

TypeCon2006: The Boston T Party
August 9-13, 2006
Hyatt Regency Boston
Boston, Massachusetts USA

presented by The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA)
in partnership with MassArt and the Museum of Printing

– TypeCon2006 Regular Registration Extended
– Free Tours and Special Events Added for TypeCon Attendees and the Design Community


TypeCon2006 starts next week, and we can’t wait!

More than 70 wonderful speakers and workshop leaders are ready to educate and entertain you. Matthew Carter, Cyrus Highsmith, Kit Hinrichs, Richard Lipton, Paul Shaw, Skolos/Wedell, Clif Stoltze, Ilene Strizver, and many more will be there — you don’t want to miss this gathering of greats!

Explore all things typographic, from the the work of Swiss legend Adrian Frutiger to the latest in type design from South America. Learn to print Victorian letterpress posters and create the best digital fonts. TypeCon2006 also features the Typophile Film Festival, a type and design education forum, type tours of Boston, and exhibitions of type and design, calligraphy, letterpress, and more!

Join us for five days of affordable education and entertainment in an intimate, friendly setting. Secure registration and more info is available on the TypeCon2006 website. Seating is limited — register now!

Typecon2006 Regular Registration Extended Until Monday

You asked for it, and you got it. We’ve kept the conference price as low as possible so everyone can join in the fun. Register now, before late registration starts Tuesday!

Regular registration (through midnight Pacific Time, August 7)
SOTA members: $225 professionals/$135 students
Non-members: $265 pro/$160 students

Late/walk-up registration (after August 7)
SOTA members: $295 professionals/$175 students
Non-members: $345 pro/$200 students

Optional pre-conference workshops are $50 for each half-day session and $100 for each full-day session, plus materials/lab fees, if any.

Register for TypeCon2006
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Fantastic Free Events To Add To Your Typographic Pleasure
During each TypeCon, we present free activities that are open to the public. This year, we’ve scheduled seven fantastic typographic adventures that are open to TypeCon attendees and the design community. These tours and special events are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and you must register free of charge to reserve your spot. (If you’ve already registered for TypeCon, use the link below to add these events to your registration.)

Register for Free Events

Wednesday, August 9 – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
A Typographic Tour of Cambridge and Boston

Presented by Paul Shaw | FREE!
An introductory tour of environmental lettering in Cambridge and Boston with stops at locations (or what is left of them) associated with W.A. Dwiggins, D.B. Updike, and other Boston typographic luminaries. The tour begins at Harvard University and its surrounding area in Cambridge before a T-ride to Boston to see sites around City Hall and the State Capitol associated with the Boston printing and design community. The tour ends with a look at the area between Arlington Street and Copley Square.

Wednesday, August 9 – 4:00 – 7:00 pm
An Introduction to WAD: A Look at Selected Materials from the Dwiggins Collections at the Boston Public Library

Presented by Paul Shaw | FREE!
This afternoon features a guided visit to the Dwiggins Rooms and Dwiggins Collections at the Boston Public Library. Attendees will view his marionettes and artifacts from his studio, then have an opportunity to view examples of his calligraphy and lettering, illustration, decoration, magazine design, book design, and, naturally, type design. The material selected will cover Dwiggins’ entire career from c. 1900 until his death in 1956.

The Boston Public Library
Rare Books and Manuscripts
McKim Building, 3rd Floor
700 Boylston St.
Boston MA 02116
617-859-2225 or 617-536-5400
[email protected] | www.bpl.org

Wednesday, August 9 – 8:00 pm
The Third Annual Typophile Film Festival

Produced by Punchcut and presented by Typophile and SOTA | FREE!
The Typophile Film Festival is a celebration of typography in motion – a showcase of short films that are inspiring, educational, experimental, and humorous. The festival affords its audience a unique opportunity to see motion design in which type is the star. Standouts this year include John Langdon’s alternate opening credits for “The Da Vinci Code,” new work by Blur, Convert, and MK12, and Gary Butcher’s animated homage to Josef Müller-Brockmann. Past festivals included shorts by The Font Bureau, Motion Theory, Trollbäck and Co, and WeWorkForThem.

Grand Ballroom
Hyatt Regency Boston
(formerly the Swissotel at Downtown Crossing)
One Avenue de Lafayette
Boston, MA 02111-1739
617-912-1234
www.regencyboston.hyatt.com

Thursday, August 10 – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Boston Calligraphy Discovery

Presented by Margaret Shepherd | FREE!
This guided walk along Boston’s “calligraphy trail” is a tour of the alphabet-the stylized letters on local buildings, monuments, and plaques, starting with an “A” in the Boston Public Library’s Rare Books Department and ending with a “Z” in the Central Burial Ground on Boston Common.

Meeting Point:
The Boston Public Library
Rare Books and Manuscripts
McKim Building, 3rd Floor
700 Boylston St.
Boston MA 02116
617-859-2225 or 617-536-5400
[email protected] | www.bpl.org

Thursday, August 10 – 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Engraving and Its Relationship to the Evolution of Typography and Graphic Design – Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
Presented by Marjorie Cohn and Nancy Sharon Collins

Attendees will view actual engravings from the collection of the Fogg Art Museum, discuss the history and the process of engraving, and examine the nature of the “cut” as a line or form is made in this elegant, almost lost art. Part of this discussion will be the influence of engraving on the origins of graphic design and typography. The remainder of the session will be in the enjoyment of magnificent examples of works of art on paper.

The Agnes Mongan Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Fogg Art Museum
Harvard University Art Museums
32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

There is a $6.50 per person charge for study room visitors, which also covers entrance to all of the Fogg Art Museum galleries and exhibitions.

Thursday, August 10 – 1:30 – 6:00 pm
Type and Design Education Forum | FREE!

A series of presentations and discussions on type and design education, featuring James Craig, Designing with Type, Ilene Strizver, The Type Studio, Mark Jamra, Type Culture, Audrey Bennett, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Laura Franz, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Gillian Mothersill, Ryerson University, John McMillan, ISTD, John Sherman, Notre Dame University, and Norbert Florendo. Audience participation is welcome and encouraged. Sponsored by SOTA.

Grand Ballroom
Hyatt Regency Boston
(formerly the Swissotel at Downtown Crossing)
One Avenue de Lafayette
Boston, MA 02111-1739
617-912-1234
www.regencyboston.hyatt.com

Thursday, August 10 – 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Tour and Play at Firefly Press | FREE!

Visit one of the finest letterpress printing offices operating today. Firefly Press, in operation since 1978, is an entirely letterpress operation, doing true letterpress only – printing directly from metal type that they set in-house. Firefly follows the philosophy, not just the mannerisms, of such Boston-area printers as D. B. Updike, Bruce Rogers, W.A. Dwiggins, and Rudolph Ruzicka. Firefly projects include small books and brochures, broadsides and certificates, invitations, announcements, and stationery. They didn’t set out to be a museum – it just happened that way. They print on a Vandercook proof press and a Chandler & Price Craftsman platen press, and have two Linotype machines, two Monotype composition casters and a Monotype display type caster, and about 250 cases of type for hand setting. A typecaster will be operational for this visit, and attendees can print their own keepsake on the Vandercook!

Firefly Press
119 Braintree Street, Suite 202
Allston/Brighton section of Boston

Register for Free Events

Typecon2006 Major Sponsors And Partners Include:
The Museum of Printing, Massachusetts College of Art, Bitstream, Font Bureau, Monotype Imaging, Kodak Creative Network, Stoltze Design, Extensis, FontLab, Linotype, MyFonts, Veer, and Adobe.

About Typecon and SOTA
TypeCon2006 is the annual conference of SOTA, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, study, and support of type design, typography, and the related arts. For more information about SOTA, visit http://www.typesociety.org.

Have questions, need answers? Send us an email!

See you next week!

Tiffany Wardle de Sousa is a typographer living and working in San Jose, California. She earned her MA in the Theory and History of Typography & Graphic Communication at The University of Reading. Active in the type community, Tiffany has written for several design publications, served as a SOTA board member, and was a Typophile moderator.

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