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The first days of spring are nearly here, a perfect time to shake off any left over winter blues and recharge our creative batteries. Enter TYPO, the leading international design conference. An outgrowth of well-known typography publication FUSE magazine, TYPO has evolved over the course of 16 years from being a typography focused event to “a broader platform exploring graphic design, digital media, advertisement, technology, culture, entertainment and business.” Providing unique opportunities for designers to gather, share and discuss new developments in design, culture and society through a series of talks, workshops and exhibits.

Sabine Gruppe, Marketing for FontShop Berlin, host of TYPO International Design Talks, responded to some questions about who attends TYPO and the experience attendees can expect.

Q1. Is TYPO primarily aimed at designers of a particular level or all levels of ability?
It is aimed at professionals and students of design and visual communication.

Q2. What would you say is the most exciting aspect of the conference?
Intense atmosphere, enchanted speakers leading their field, smoothly running organization.

Q3. How has conference evolved since the first TYPO?
It has has been THE graphic event to attend in Germany. Starting from London last October it has moved to new horizons.

Read the reviews from past attendees on TYPO London’s blog for an even fuller picture of the conference. In footage from Typo Berlin 2011 multi-disciplinary artist April Greiman, described her experience of the conference as “exceptional in terms of the breadth of it” and designer Javier Mariscal, recently nominated for his phenomenal work on animated feature Chico & Rita described the conference as being “like a shower of good things.”

Each uniquely themed TYPO conference is designed to inspire and engage the creative community. First held in Berlin and then expanded to include London in October 2011, this year marks the first time TYPO comes to the United States. Presented by FontShop, TYPO San Francisco 2012 will take place at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, April 5–6, 2012 and center around the theme Connect. The two-day San Francisco conference features a veritable “who’s who” of American and European design leaders including: Khoi Vin, Joshua Davis, Juliette Belocq, Joseph Becker, Michael Beirut, Neville Brody, Jessica Hische and Tina Roth Eisenberg just to name a few.

Don’t fret if you can’t make it in person, according to their website all video from presentations will be made available online and samples of past presentations are viewable now at

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