GRANSHAN—Signs of the times


Author: Vicky Blake

Letters surround us, and permeate our identities. The richness of typographic forms reflects the diversity of our histories: type brings us together, and gives depth and nuance to what distinguishes us. Type bridges past and future, geographical spaces, and cultural domains, like no other element of our culture. The GRANSHAN Two-Day-Hybrid-Conference under the title Signs of the times explores the big and small questions that concern the typographic community and type users alike—daily matters and global concerns.

On May 20th, the 2nd edition of the TypeTech MeetUp (TTM) will again discuss and document the current state of font technology, and be a platform for the exchange of best practices and innovative developments. TTM sessions advance the state of the art and promote the integration of font technologies into the future of digital communication. The MeetUp will explore topics such as the power of variable and color fonts, blockchain technology, web typography in multiscript domains, legibility & technology, and more.

On May 21st, the venue Literaturhaus will become a lab for future forms of international and intercultural communication and collaboration. A place where script and typography will be examined as an essential basis for international exchange as well as a force for identification. Only those who are visible and recognizable can enter into an open dialogue. Thematic sessions touch on topics such as multiscript design, endangered scripts/alphabets, and type as a cultural asset and identification anchor.

GRANSHAN welcomes the direct interaction of designers and font engineers, web designers, and developers, industry experts, and tech & business professionals in a relaxed and inspiring atmosphere. Signs of the times is a conference for all makers and users of type who appreciate the cultural and intellectual importance of our field. For those who see the future expressed in typographic multitudes.

During Saturday, the winners and their projects of the 12th GRANSHAN Type Design Competition 2021–2022 will be celebrated. With big words, small appetizers, and some music …

Almost all speakers of the GRANSHAN Two-Day-Hybrid-Conference will travel to Munich to present live on stage of the Literaturhaus. It is curated by Veronika Burian, Boris Kochan, and Gerry Leonidas. They were supported by Dave Crossland, the GRANSHAN Script Chairs, and Script Experts of the GRANSHAN Type design competition, and many other GRANSHAN-friends.

Both conference days will be moderated by Veronika Burian and Oliver Linke. Gerry Leonidas will take care of the stage discussions.

The Two-Day-Hybrid-Conference will take place in the Literaturhaus in Munich—easily accessible from everywhere, located in the heart of the city at Salvatorplatz 1. The excellently equipped conference rooms on the 3rd floor offer a wonderful panoramic view, for example, of the famous Theatinerkirche. The Brasserie Oskar Maria, which is also responsible for the catering of our conference, is located on the ground floor.

GRANSHAN—Signs of the times

May 20th to 21st
Friday, May 20th: TypeTech MeetUp 2.0
Saturday, May 21st: Conference and award ceremony

Literaturhaus München
Salvatorplatz 1
80333 München

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