Design is inherently human. It is present in everything we do as individuals or as a society; the act of planing ahead, solving problems and being able to understand and foresee complex processes and their consequences. In the same way we use an axis or more to shape alphabets we also use a similarly useful set of invisible lines around which we form our social constructions. At TypeTogether we have defined several of these invisible guidelines over the years that are important to us as designers, members of the type community, business owners and especially human beings. In this talk we would like to share these ideas, together with our design philosophy, some insights about our user-oriented design process and how this reflects visually in our typefaces.
Veronika Burian is a type designer and co-founder of the independent type foundry TypeTogether with José Scaglione, publishing award-winning typefaces and collaborating on tailored typefaces for a variety of clients. She is teaching type design at NTNU, Norway and is frequently invited to give lectures and workshops at international conferences and academic intuitions. Veronika is also involved with Alphabettes.org, a showcase of work and research on lettering, typography, and type design by women. Originally from Prague, she studied Industrial Design in Munich and worked in that capacity in Vienna and Milan over a few years. Discovering her true passion for type, she graduated in 2003 with distinction from the MA in Typeface Design course in Reading, UK.
José Scaglione from Rosario, Argentina, is a graphic designer, typeface designer, and co-founder of the independent type foundry TypeTogether with Veronika Burian, where they have published numerous award-winning type families. He teaches typography at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is frequently invited to lecture about typography and to lead workshops on typeface design at international conferences and academic institutions. José co-authored the book Cómo Crear Tipografías: Del Boceto a la Pantalla, and collaborated with Jorge de Buen Unna on his book Introducción al Estudio de la Tipografía. In 2012 José acted as chairman of the Letter.2 type design competition and conference and he was appointed president of the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) from 2013 to 2017.