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Susanne Dechant

Dechant Grafische Arbeiten | Austria

Susanne Dechant (*4. 5. 1962) typographic designer based in Vienna. 1992 foundation of her studio »Dechant Grafische Arbeiten« concentrating on typography for book and editorial design. Consultant Corporate Design processes. Head of the department Graphic Design at the Werbeakademie Wien and lecturer at Universität für bildende Künste, Vienna. I.D. Award in New York, Joseph Binder Award in Vienna. Academic Referee for Feminist Education and Politics, 2002 Diploma Gender Studies. Board Member of Design Austria; Austrian Country Delegate for ATypI.

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50 women typographers in 50 years of ATypI

Session A04 | Room Palace A
Friday 19 September | 14:00 – 14:50

Theme Personalities | Duration: 50 minutes

The ATypI 2008 Brighton conference sharpened my awareness for the gender issue in the typography business: considerably fewer female designers were present, compared to the former days. Fewer and fewer friends have stayed in contact over the years (on the contrast to the men’s network) and I felt quite lost somehow. I remembered all these impressing design women I met in Boston, Reading or Barcelona, and I made a list of them on a paper napkin. With only little effort, I was able to list nearly 30 remarkable women. I hope that this summary can be a vivid mirror of many typeface generations, as I will frame my lecture from the old experienced to the new young participants in female type design.

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