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Hrant Papazian

Typeface Designer The MicroFoundry | USA

Hrant Papazian is an Armenian native of Lebanon, currently living in Los Angeles. His perspective on written communication was formed at the crossroads of three competing visual cultures. A multimedia designer by trade, his true love remains the black-and-white, but colorful world of non-Latin typeface design, with commissions from Agfa, Unitype, IKEA, the Narod Cultural Institute, Disney, UCLA, the Israel Postal Authority, Liverpool University and TeX Users Group.

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Change of hearts

Session 80 | Room MIDE
Wednesday 28 October | 12:40 – 13:00

Duration: 20 minutes

Change is the only constant. And a change of heart can save your life, biologically or ideologically. It can also breathe new life into type design, even if it’s a modest angioplasty. This talk will expose and explore ideas for seeing writing systems in new ways, liberating them from the rote of precedent. It’s a journey often personal, wading in and out of notan, replete with [letterform] skeletons in the closet, landmarks such as Evert Bloemsma’s Legato, and letter frequency analysis. Plus the occasional heart attack.

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