Face Forward is an international peer-reviewed conference focused on typography that seeks to examine design and typographic practice, and to make explicit existing connections between craft, research, theory, history, criticism and pedagogy. This conference aims to provoke informed, rigorous and critical debate on aspects of typographic research and practice that relate to current discourse and contexts. It is the inaugural event in what will become an annual international conference. This year’s conference is supported by ID2015 Year of Irish Design and the Dublin Institute of Technology.

In the field of visual communication and typographic practice, a great deal of epistemological uncertainty still exists. As a consequence, concrete theoretical or methodological positions around which the discipline could cohere have yet to emerge—a situation this conference seeks to address.

The conference will provide a forum for research into typographic production, representation, dissemination and use. It encourages interdisciplinary enquiry; thus we welcome papers dealing with typography in all its forms, material and immaterial. We encourage submissions that consider typography in as broad a sense as possible, that celebrate the vitality and range of typography and which seek to expand definitions of both typographic object and practice.

Registration is now open.

Identity by Clare Bell and Brenda Dermody. Site by BONG and Post

Friday

track a

  • 9.00
    Registration

  • 10:00
    Tom Spalding
    Show me the way to go home! Eighteenth and early-nineteenth century lettering and public signage, Cork City, 1730–1840

  • 10:30
    Elena Veguillas
    Architectural lettering and corporate identity, early branding on commercial buildings: the Truman’s case

  • 11:00
    Discussion

  • 11:15
    Break

  • 11:30
    Ann Bessemans
    Type design features for children with low vision

  • 12:00
    Luciano Perondi, Giulia Bonora and Daniele De Rosa
    Pass — augmentative and alternative communication

  • 12:30
    Silvia Barbero and Irene Stracuzzi
    Sustainability for typography design processes

  • 13:00
    Discussion

  • 13:15
    Lunch Break

  • 14:15
    Hilary Kenna
    A practice-led study of design principles for screen typography: with reference to the teachings of Emil Ruder

  • 14:45
    Tom Grace
    The alluring trap of vector-based drawing

  • 15:15
    Marcus Leis Allion
    Typrograms: The Shaped Typography of Computer Programs

  • 15:45
    Discussion

  • 16:00
    Break

  • 16:15
    Amy Papaelias
    Future displays: towards a history of type specimens in digital environments

  • 16:45
    Mathieu Lommen
    Lettering artists’ model books

  • 17:15
    Discussion

  • 17:30
    Close

track b

  • 9.00
    Registration

  • 10:00
    Marcus Swan
    Meaning without words: the emoji revolution

  • 10:30
    Johannes Bergerhausen
    Digital cuneiform

  • 11:00
    Discussion

  • 11:15
    Break

  • 11:30
    Aoife Mooney
    Super-charged type: An investigation into the potential for a dynamic typeface family modelled on axes of typographic expression

  • 12:00
    Siobhán Murphy
    Print, Pixel and notions of Legacy — recalibrating Harold Innis’ time-binding and space-binding communication technology theories for a post-digital age

  • 12:30
    Cathy Gale
    This is your life: the multiplicities of X

  • 13:00
    Discussion

  • 13:15
    Lunch Break

  • 14:15
    Sheena Calvert
    Punctuating Philosophy

  • 14:45
    Pavel Pisklakov
    Typography and Media: History of Evolution and Contemporary Tendencies

  • 15:15
    Kyle Rath
    Form vs. Fame: exploring the craft of typographic selection

  • 15:45
    Discussion

  • 16:00
    Break

  • 16:15
    Robin Fuller
    Linguistics, grammatology, typography

  • 16.45



  • 17:15
    Discussion

  • 17.30
    Close

  • 19:00
    Tobias Frere-Jones
    Keynote

track c

  • 9.00
    Registration

  • 10:00



  • 10:30



  • 11:00
    Discussion

  • 11:15
    Break

  • 11:30
    Diederik Corvers
    The architect’s new face

  • 12:00
    María Pérez Mena, Eduardo Herrera Fernández and Leire Fernández Iñurritegui
    An artistic approach to typography from Eduardo Chillida’s graphic language

  • 12:30
    Naoise Ó Conchubhair
    An Post: typography rooted in the past — ahead of its time

  • 13:00
    Discussion

  • 13:15
    Lunch Break

  • 14:15



  • 14:45
    Dermot McGuinne
    Accident by design

  • 15:15
    Teresa Breathnach
    Matthew Walker: nationalist printer 1846–1922

  • 15:45
    Discussion

  • 16:00
    Break

  • 16:15
    Richard McElveen and Pauline Clancy
    Typographic DNA of place

  • 16:45
    Michael Everson
    Authenticity and Ireland’s tradition of Gaelic type

  • 17:15
    Discussion

  • 17:30
    Close

Saturday

track d

  • 9:00
    Aspasia Papadima
    Introducing a new set of typographic characters for the representation of Greek-Cypriot dialect’s distinct sounds

  • 9:30
    Robert Lzicar
    Swiss Types — the invention of a national typography

  • 10:00
    Radek Sidun
    Milestones in Czech type design

  • 10:30
    Keith Tam
    Typographic cueing in bilingual documents

  • 11:00
    Discussion

  • 11:15
    Break

  • 11:30
    Juan Luis Blanco
    The case of the Tifinaghscript: typeface design to the rescue

  • 12:00
    Meta Newhouse and Nathan Davis
    Type of place: a systematic preservation of cultural memory

  • 12:30
    Ian Montgomery, Liam McComish and Ruth Brolly
    Graphic de:re:generation

  • 13:00
    Discussion

  • 13:15
    Lunch break

  • 14:15
    Evripides Zantides
    Exploring the mythical qualities of letterforms through semiotics and content analysis

  • 14:45
    Jill Spratt
    The word

  • 15:15
    Liam McComish and Ian Montgomery
    Spread the word

  • 15:45
    Discussion

  • 16:00
    Break

  • 16.15
    Onur Yazıcıgil and Özlem Özka
    Ottoman Typography towards Modernisation

  • 16:45
    Dan Reynolds
    East German typefaces, twenty-five years on

  • 17:15
    Crystian Cruz
    Unveiling censored content through typography

  • 17:45
    Discussion

  • 18:00
    Close

track e

  • 9:00
    Denise Gonzales Crisp
    Educating toward the discipline

  • 9:30
    Gerry Leonidas
    A framework for developing discourse in typeface design

  • 10:00
    Silas Munro
    Hands on-again, off-again: a paradigm of typographic pedagogy in hybrid learning

  • 10:30
    Brenda Dermody
    The role and impact of the professional body in typographic design education and practice in Ireland

  • 11:00
    Discussion

  • 11:15
    Break

  • 11:30
    John Paul Dowling
    Teach content, not type!

  • 12:00
    Gabriel Solomons
    Family monograms: tradition and a connection to the past through typographic form

  • 12:30
    Connell Vaughan and Glenn Loughran
    Typography and the Video Essay

  • 13:00
    Discussion

  • 13:15
    Lunch Break

  • 14:15
    Jo De Baerdemaeker
    Lean back: the evolution of reverse italics

  • 14:45
    Jesus Barrientos Mora
    A typology for calligraphic type

  • 15:15
    Frank E. Blokland
    Application of archetypal patterns in present-day type design practice and related education

  • 15:45
    Discussion

  • 16:00
    Break

  • 16:15
    Timothy Donaldson
    Type is clip-art

  • 16:45
    Will Hill
    Letter, craft and ornament in post-digital practice

  • 17:15
    Phil Baines
    Fonts and restoration

  • 17:45
    Discussion

  • 18:00
    Close

track f

  • 9:00
    John Mulloy
    Body type

  • 9:30
    Jamie Mahoney
    Gutenberg remix: a case study

  • 10:00
    Mary Plunkett
    Letterpress as commemoration: making books for Yeats2015

  • 10:30
    Jamie Murphy and Thomas Mayo
    End grain impressions: letterpress printed display type in the twenty-first century

  • 11:00
    Discussion

  • 11:15
    Break

  • 11:30
    Niall McCormack
    Soul Type: the Ludlow Typograph and 1960s Chicago soul record label art

  • 12:00
    Annette O’Sullivan
    Letter marking with bold upright letters: stencilling histories on New Zealand sheep stations

  • 12:30
    Mohammad Shahid and Dharmalingam Udaya Kumar
    Evolution of title design in Bollywood film posters

  • 13:00
    Discussion

  • 13:15
    Lunch Break

  • 14:15
    Lozana Rossenova and Maria Inês Cruz
    The form of the book in alternative publishing practices

  • 14:45
    Trond Klevgaard
    From functionalist to functional typography in Scandinavian book design

  • 15:15
    Niall McCormack in conversation with Peter Maybury


  • 15:45
    Discussion

  • 16:00
    Break

  • 16:15
    Brian Dixon
    Experiencing the Structure: considering the possibility of studying how typographic forms are encountered through the application of information design theory

  • 16:45
    Barrie Tullett
    Of progress and loss

  • 17:15
    Discussion

  • 17:45



  • 18:00
    Close

track g (student strand)

  • 9:00
    Joana Pestana
    The disguised presence of the ‘other’ in ephemeral artefacts

  • 9:30
    Max Ryan
    Exploring the changing tensions between tools, techniques and styles with the rise of digital typographic tools and processes

  • 10:00
    James Leahy
    A new generation of type design

  • 10:30
    Jason Murdock
    Generative graphic design: exploring a computation-based approach to visual identity design

  • 11:00
    Discussion

  • 11:15
    Break

  • 11:30
    Lorena Skopelja and Tiphaine Kazi-Tani
    Serbs, Croats, Serbo-Croatian: exploring contemporary Balkan identities and history through typography

  • 12:00
    Kollontai Diniz
    Typeface identification and letterform description as auxiliary methods in historical archaeology — case study from the Guarani-Jesuit Reductions (1609–1768)

  • 12:30
    Dan Docherty
    Using allegorical type to effect social change

  • 13:00
    Discussion

  • 13:15
    Lunch Break

  • 14.15



  • 14:45
    Brian Mac Rory
    Out of date beer design

  • 15:15
    Eithne Ní Dhúgáin
    Cooper Black: connotations of a typeface

  • 15:45
    Discussion

  • 16:00
    Break

  • 16:15
    Sumanthri Samarawickrama
    Anatomy of the Sinhala letter: distinguished features

  • 16:45
    John-Daniel Harrington
    Analysing the evolution of Irish typeface design

  • 17:15
    Discussion

  • 17:45



  • 18:00
    Close