Review 26. Leipziger Typotage
Turn by Turn. Typography and Navigation
This year, we had the chance to participate online in the 26. Leipziger Typotage—Turn by Turn. Typography and Navigation, which took place in the Museum of the Printing Art in Leipzig from June 4th to 6th, 2021. The event presented the speakers’ findings and research to an interested group live and online. Particularly exciting was the variety of topics discussed and the many practical tips from the working lives of designers and typographers, presented in a calm and pleasant environment. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the event online as well. Perhaps this format of events is something that can continue to give people from all over the world access to new content in the future. Hope to see you again next year!
On Saturday, June 5th, 2021, the 26. Leipziger Typotage focused on typography as a medium for orientation in digital and analog contexts. Not only questions about individual type design have been addressed, but also the role of typography as an information carrier for (guided) communication processes. The lectures have been addressing user interface design, gaming, cartography, generative design, and visual communication, which reflects a broad spectrum for typography as a navigator.
The following voices have spoken: Claudia Friedrich (Hamburg), Julian Jarosch (Mainz), Nadya Kuzmina (Berlin), Jana Moser (Leipzig), Jay Rutherford (Weimar), Benjamin Schöndelen (Berlin), and Nico Wüst (Stuttgart/Berlin). The conference was moderated by Peter Mohr (Agency Zentrumwest, Leipzig).
The Leipziger Typotage is an event organized by the Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Druckkunst Leipzig e.V. Since 1995, the event has been held annually at the Museum für Druckkunst Leipzig. Initially conceived as a two-day event, since 2008 the Typotage program has essentially been concentrated on one Saturday in the spring. In addition to type and typography, the conference focuses on graphic design, art, production techniques in the print sector and related topics. Renowned speakers look at various issues from ever new angles, in both analog and digital contexts, looking back and forward. The Typotage sees itself as a platform for all interested parties and promotes professional exchange as well as dialog with other disciplines.
Photos by Klaus-D. Sonntag and excerpts from the opening conference.