The Type Directors Club (TDC) announced the launch of Type Drives Communities, a global conference that will explore the ways typography is used to form and transform creative communities.

Speakers from 13 countries include five from Argentina, two from Spain and one each from Brazil and Colombia.

Taking place online on May 7-8, 2021, the conference includes two half-days of talks, presentations and group discussion spanning a broad range of design disciplines, and both local and global communities.  Early-bird registration for reduced-price tickets is available through April 12, 2021.

Sessions will highlight communities that use typography to pursue a common purpose, establish intergenerational connections, and spark and sustain change. Discussions will also encompass what these strategies suggest about how designers might navigate the challenges of our present moment of physical distance and virtual connection.

TDC, part of The One Club for Creativity, has assembled a top global panel of diverse voices to share their experiences in driving communities, including nine from Ibero America:

  • Yani Arabena, partner, Yani&Guille, Buenos Aires
  • Andreu Balius, founder, creative director, Type Republic, partner, Typecraft Initiative, Barcelona
  • Tereza Bettinardi, cofounder, creative director, Tereza Bettinardi, São Paulo
  • Fernanda Cozzi, independent type designer, founder, FerCozzi, Buenos Aires
  • Rubén Fontana, cofounder, FontanaDiseño, TC Medallist, Buenos Aires
  • Laura Meseguer, custom lettering and type design, Laura Meseguer, Barcelona
  • Ale Paul, cofounder, Sudtipos Foundry, Buenos Aires
  • Mariana Álvarez Uribe, independent editorial and type designer, Medellín
  • Guille Vizzari, partner, Yani&Guille, Buenos Aires

The complete list of speakers is here.

Type Drives Communities celebrates several designers who are using typography and design as the catalyst to connect people during the pandemic, as well as through several generations, said conference co-chair Paul Carlos, principal, Pure+Applied, New York; adjunct faculty, Parsons School of Design, The New School.

He added sessions will also show how different communities are tackling immediate and long-standing issues such as decolonization and cultural hegemony, and highlight some of our global members who will show us how they are influenced by the typography in their city.

Although the pandemic obliged us to launch our first virtual conference, we really wanted to infuse the event with a communal spirit, said conference co-chair Zelda Harrison, principal, ZHarrison & Associates/ZELDESIGN, Los Angeles.  We will encourage early-bird registrants to help us moderate roundtable sessions, showcase their work for sale in our virtual marketplace, and urge attendees to engage with speakers in intimate, small group sessions.

Type Drive Communities is made possible in part through the support of sponsors AdobeOccupantMark Simonson StudioVLLGMorisawa and Commercial.

More information about this upcoming conference and registration is available here.