Typography Day 2012 (March 2012, Bombay)

Dates: 1st  – 3rd  March 2012
Location: IDC, IIT Bombay with support from InDeAs and Aksharaya
Website: http://www.idc.iitb.ac.in/typo/
Deadline for abstract submission: 3rd October 2011

Theme: Focus on ‘Typography and Publication’

Typography Day will be organized for the fifth time in 2012 at the Industrial Design Centre (IDC) at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) with support from India Design Association(InDeAs) and Aksharaya.

The event will include an international conference which will be devoted to addressing issues faced by type designers, type users and type educators. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Typography in Publication Design’. The conference will feature presentations on the last two days preceded by day of workshops dedicated to typography and calligraphy. Exhibitions on Typography Posters and Book Publications will also be hosted at the venue.

The event is planned over three days:

Day 1: Workshops on Typography + Meet on ‘Research in Typography’

Day 2-3 : Conference focusing on ‘Typography in Publication Design’

Day 1: Workshops on Typography:

Typography workshop is designed to offer exposure to student community on various aspects of typography in Multi language scripts with a focus on Publication Design. This will provide a platform for students from varied backgrounds to interact with practicing professionals in graphic design.

Day 2-3: Conference focusing on ‘Typography and Expression’:

The Conference will focus on the following issues:

  1. Experiments and Explorations in Publication Design.
  2. Publication Design with multilingual scripts.
  3. Typography and Publication Design in native (indigenous) Scripts.
  4. Typography and Publication Design within local contexts.
  5. Research activities in Typography and Publication Design.

Call for Papers

We invite a 500-800 word abstract (with examples) in three categories:

  1. Concern in Typography and Expression (Academic Research/Presentations)
  2. Application of Typography and Expression (Industry Presentations/Case Studies)
  3. Student projects in Typography and Expressions (Student Projects)

Abstract Guidelines:

The abstract should include the following:

  1. Title of the paper
  2. Keywords
  3. Abstract of the paper
  4. Three to Four examples of the work
  5. Author name, Designation, Organisation and contact details (including email). The total number of words including the title, keywords and the abstract should be a maximum of 800 words.

Paper and Presentation Details:

The selection of abstract is through blind jury.

Selected papers will need to be orally presented by the author/s during the conference on 2nd and 3rdof March 2012 at IDC, IIT Bombay. The time duration for each of the paper presentations is 20/15/10 minutes followed by 5 minutes for discussion along with Q & A. The selected papers will be published during the time of the conference.

Formatting guidelines as well as a template for the full paper will be supplied along with the acceptance mail of the abstract.


Deadline for abstract submission: 3rd October
Declaration of accepted abstracts: 31st October 2011
Deadline for submission of full paper: 31st January 2012

Please submit the abstract (subject line: Abstract submission) by mailing it typographyday@gmail.com

Poster Competition

Design a poster expressing your favorite word through the typography of your motherscript.

Participants are expected design a poster / create a typographic composition to express their favorite/most meaningful word using the letters in their mother script. Calligraphic, digitally created letterforms, existing fonts or a combination of these can be used for the poster.

The resulting poster should be of the size and specification given below. This competition is open to students, faculty and professionals. The competition is open to all. Non resident Indians, as well as foreign citizens can take part in it.

Procedure for selecting student participants:
Twenty Five winning entries will be published and displayed in an exhibition during the event. The winners are entitled to free participation (registration and food) during the ‘Typography Conference and Workshop’ from 1st to 3rd of March 2012.

Submission Specifications:
You need to submit the solution along with a brief write-up of around 150 words.

Size of the final poster: 420 mm x 600 mm either in portrait or landscape format.
Resolution: 300 dpi
Filetype: JPEG or PDF
Colour Mode: CMYK
Write up about the design: Maximum 150 words (in RTF, TXT or PDF format).
Contact Info: Name, Postal Address, Email, Telephone number, Name and Address of Institution.

Deadline for submission: 15th December 2011
Declaration of results: 30th January 2012

Email your submissions to: typographyday@gmail.com along with the write-up and your contact details.

Each participant is allowed a maximum of three entries.


If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Chetan Bhuj
Typography Day 2012,
Industrial Design Centre
IIT Bombay
Powai Mumbai- 400 076, India

E-mail: typographyday@gmail.com
Phone:  091-22-2576 7820, 091-22-2576 4815
Fax :     091-22-2576 7803, 091-22-2572 3480

About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is http://deseng.ryerson.ca/~fil.

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