Typography and Culture

28th Feb, 1st, 2nd March 2014,
Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune

Typography Day was held for the seventh time on 28th Feb, 1st, 2nd March 2014 at the Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune in collaboration with the Industrial Design Centre (IDC), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) with support from India Design Association (InDeAs) and Aksharaya.

The theme was 'Typography and Culture'.

The event had 600 participants.
The event featured a day of workshops on Typography and Calligraphy followed by two days of conference dedicated to 'typography and Culture'. The international conference was devoted to addressing issues faced by type designers, type users and type educators. The conference included presentations by invited keynote speakers, eminent academicians, blind juried papers, industry professionals, research scholars and students. The event also hosted an exhibition of selected posters and typographic works of students and faculty members from Design Institutes.

The event was held over three days:
Day 1: Workshops on Typography + Meet on ‘Research in Typography’
Day 2-3 : Conference focusing on ‘Typography and Culture’


Main Typographic Issues for the conference:
The Conference focussed on the following issues:

  1. Experiments and Explorations in typography and culture.
  2. Cross-cultural typography
  3. Typography design with multilingual scripts.
  4. Typography design in native (indigenous) Scripts.
  5. Typography design within local contexts.
  6. Research activities in typography and culture.
  7. Education in local language typography

Sub-themes for the conference:
The conference focused on the following sub-themes:
 Typography and culture in education
Instructional Aid, Displays, Information Graphics
 Digital typography and culture
Mobile devices, Tablets, Web Typography
 Environmental Typography and culture
Signage, Installations, Graffiti or Street Art, Architecture
 Commercial typography and culture
Advertisements, Packaging, Retail, Product graphics, Fashion
 Vernacular typography and culture
Native Calligraphy, Culture and Typography, Indigenous scripts
 Visual Literacy with respect to Typography and culture
Visual Ergonomics, Cognitive studies, Human Machine Interface, Reading experiences
 Typography and culture in Media
Television, Movie titling, Movie posters, Subtitling, Typography in motion