TYPO San Francisco Conference Set for April-May

Okay, fess up, you love type. That's right, you're obsessed by everything to do with it, from its long history down to the latest releases from indie creators as well as the big name foundries. And beyond that, when it's time to design a document for print or a website, your favorite part is picking just the right font and tweaking it to perfectly express your ideas. No? Well, then read no further. But if this sounds all too familiar, then you should probably be attending the TYPO events.

The idea behind these is that each one provides a platform for the exchange of ideas presented by a diverse mix of presenters, which typically includes designers, professors, scientists and artists, as well as those from other disciplines, who discuss new trends and developments in visual communications, with an emphasis on design, society and culture.

Each event also has a theme, with "Rhythm" being that of the 2014 San Francisco iteration. The 2015 event, to be held April 30-May 1, is devoted to "Focus," with the organizers putting that into context thusly: "Within the industry, shifts in focus are constant. Does a designer choose to learn web, print, mobile or be a jack-of-all-trades? Does a graphic designer take on type design? Should a visual artist delve into UX? Do type foundries dedicate more attention to webfonts?" Such questions will be explored by speakers that include Tobias Frere-Jones, Chip Kidd, Thomas Phinney and Sumner Stone, in presentations that include social trends, ideas, technological innovation and the principles of good design.

More information and registration is available on the TYPO conference site. A number of talks from previous events, such as the one below by Armin Vit and Peter Biľak, are also available for viewing.