1. Can you introduce the AtypI, its goals, its members ?
ATypI was established to cultivate and preserve these values, to promote the understanding and practice of good typography, and to provide a forum for all those who are involved or interested in the field of typography.
To achieve these goals, ATypI:
The annual ATypI meetings were held and will be held as follows:
It is a business community or
a cultural one ? I mean do you deal
We deal with both. Both are important.
The name of the organisation is in French. Does it still mean something today ?
I assume the name is French is because it was Charles Peignot who started the whole thing. The seat of the organization moved to Switzerland (I don’t know when). The name stuck because it conveys the international quality of the Association and because the organization has had a European focus through a good part of its history. One of the things we have been able to do during the last nine years is to turn ATypI into a truly global Association with members and conference attendees from more than 40 countries.
Can you sumarise for us the key events which happened
during the last
Prague has not yet happened at this writing, but we expect it will be as luminous as the Vancouver conference. In Vancouver we had a wonderful lecture by Robert Bringhurst (a Canadian) as our Keynote, as well as talks by such well-known people as Roger Black, Gerard Unger, John Hudson, Doyald Young, Underware, and many more. John Hudson of TiroTypeworks was the content organizer of the Vancouver conference.
Our keynote speaker in Prague will be Rick Poynor, the founding editor of Eye Magazine in London in 1990, and now a columnist for Eye and its website and author of many books and articles. We are producing ATypI in Prague in partnership with VSUP, the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (Vysoká kola umeleckoprumyslová, AAAD/VUP) which was founded in 1885 as the first and only state school of art in Czech lands. We are very excited about our program for Prague.
Mark Batty is going to leave the presidency of the
ATypI. Is it the
Mark Batty (formerly ITC) has been the president of ATypI for nine years, succeeding Ernst Erich Marhencke (of Linotype Hell) and before him, Martin Fehle (Haas). When Mark was elected in 1995 at Barcelona, his election followed on the heels of a new version of the ATypI statutes which allowed the election of the President by the membership, not by the Board of Directors as it had been from the beginning. Mark was the first president so elected, and has been reelected two times since in succession.
During the time he was president, the type industry changed substantially, from a largely foundry-led industry to very much an industry of small businesspeople and designers who, because of the reach of the Web, have been able to launch and grow successful businesses. Also, the knowledge of how type is designed, and the tools to do it both aesthetically and technically, has been increased in availability, so that more creative people have been able to come into this wonderful profession.
So in the sense that Mark came in to his position at the end of one era, and leaves at the beginning of another, it does mark a change in era. But everyone, most of all he, understood this and made sure that ATypI was able to change and adapt to the new circumstances.
Many excellent and distinguished people have helped with this evolution, including Roger Black, Erik Spiekermann, Jean François Porchez (the current Vice President of ATypI), John Hudson, David Lemon, Maxim Zhukov, Henrik Birkvig, Adam Twardoch, and many others have been part of the evolution of ATypI.
Who will be the next president ?
current Vice President of ATypI, Jean François Porchez, will
run for President at our next Annual General Meeting in Prague, and
we expect he will be elected by a landslide.