Typ09 Mexico City

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Juan Heilborn Diaz


Born in Asuncion-Paraguay in 1977. Graduated as a Graphic Designer. Ever since his years of student and part-time editorial designer, he has been developing typefaces especifically designed for Guarani and Castillian, the offical languages of his country. Teaches Editorial Design and Typography in the Universidad Nacional de Asunción. He works in editorial and educational design, social campaigns and typography in his studio. Member of the Tipos Latinos organization and of the Tipografía del Paraguay collective. Designed the typefaces Jeroky, Mitã'i, Compilada y E'a among others; all suitables for the two languages of Paraguay.

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Type and native languages in postcolonial America

Session 741 | Room MIDE
Monday 26 October | 17:00 – 17:50

Duration: 50 minutes

This section is dedicated to the field of typography and native languages of Latin America in postcolonial context. The three panelists will be presenting a brief overview of the rich multilingual reality of their regions (Brasil, Mexico and Paraguay) and bring together key questions they have been faced with through their works on typography research and typeface design: cultural imposition on the transcript of the oral to the written word; lack of typographic and visual criteria in the creation of new writing systems; technological and practical problems in the use of alphabets. As well as showcase how they address these questions.

From the jungle to the pixel
Four hundred years of guarani writing

Session 61 | Room Anahuac room 1
Friday 30 October | 15:20 – 16:00

Duration: 40 minutes

The guarani is the only native language across America that became official. It’s spoken in Paraguay and surrounding area by more than five million people. Although it was (and sitil is) an oral languaje, the writing begun in the seventeenth century, becoming the languaje even of the european conqueror. Creole people adopted it as his languaje, and remains the same till today. A trip among different notations, printing methods and typographic design of four hundred years, form the jungle to the pixel.

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