ATypI Prague 2004 Conference

Association Typographique Internationale Annual Conference
Prague, Czech Republic, 30 September–3 October, 2004

ATypI Prague
2004 Sponsors

Crossroads of Civilizations

After 35 years, Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) returned to Prague, Czech Republic, for its 48th annual conference. The Conference was co-produced by the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (AAAD/VSUP), and was conducted in the famous Archa Theatre, an avant-garde underground theater complex in the middle of Prague. The Conference focused on the special creative contribution of Central and Eastern European design world and its relation to international design. Another theme focused on newspaper design and typography. Other papers covered many additional international typographic and design subjects.

More than 310 participants from more than 30 countries (Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the UK, the USA and the United Arab Emirates) attended the conference.

After the Conference

Below are links to selected coverage from the conference.

Háček – the Prague conference newspaper

The Háček conference newspaper that was produced during the ATypI Prague 2004 conference includes reports, news, gossips and jokes around the conference.

ATypI Prague 2004 conference news

The conference news page includes an archive of news (serious and not-so-serious) from the ATypI Prague 2004 conference.

Polish Posters. Photo by Luc Devroye. Vojtech Preissig. Photo by Luc Devroye.
Martin Majoor. Photo by Luc Devroye. Veljovic Script Pro. Photo by Luc Devroye.

Report by Luc Devroye

Canadian type enthusiast and scientist Luc Devroye published his report from the Prague conference, including a commented selection of quotes from the conference speakers. The collection of images includes detailed snapshots of several conference presentations (text and pictures).

Images by Jean François Porchez

ATypI President and proprietor of the French type foundry Porchez Typofonderie Jean François Porchez posted more than 50 commented images taken during the ATypI Prague 2004 conference and around Prague (part 1 and part 2).

Erik Spiekermann and Tom Phinney. Photo by Jean F Porchez. Joshua Darden. Photo by Jean F Porchez.
Nadine, Gerard and Natasha. Photo by Jean F Porchez. John Downer. Photo by Jean F Porchez.

Report by Dan Reynolds

U.S. typographer Dan Reynolds who has been working for Linotype in Germany published a report from the ATypI Prague 2004 conference (short and long version).

Report by John D. Berry

ATypI Board member and typographer John D. Berry posted a review of the Prague conference on his column published at

Images by Richard Kegler

Principal designer or the U.S. type foundry P-22, Richard Kegler posted about 100 pictures from Prague and the Prague conference. Also, a few pictures of his short trip to Plzen are included.

Max Kisman. Photo by Richard Kegler. Frantisek Storm, Cynthia Batty and Veronika Burian. Photo by Richard Kegler.
Type Tech Forum. Photo by Erik van Blokland. Very big clock. Photo by Erik van Blokland.

Images by Erik van Blokland

Some 40 pictures from the Prague conference and the preceding TypeTech Forum were posted by LettError’s Dutch type designer Erik van Blokland.

Images by Robert Kravjanszki

Hungarian typographer and font distributor Robert Kravjanszki published more than 40 images of Prague street lettering and signage.

Images by Laurence Penney

U.K.-based consultant Laurence Penney posted more than 130 pictures and a few short movies on his website, including some artsy black-and-white pictures. Not much of the conference can be seen, but a lot of the night life!

Mark Batty. Photo by Laurence Penney. Jim Lyles. Photo by Laurence Penney.
Jean F, Natasha and Laurence. Photo not by Laurence Penney. Gerry Leonidas and Ole Lund. Photo by Laurence Penney.

Discussion at Typophile

The Typophile online community includes two threads discussing the ATypI Prague 2004 conference (thread 1, thread 2, thread 3).

Report (in Russian) and photos by Ilya Ruderman & Yuli Bogatko

The Moscow designer Ilya Ruderman is a student at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague. He publishes his regular column in Russian language in which he includes a report from the Prague conference.

Report (in Polish) and photos by Andrzej Leraczyk

Andrzej Leraczyk of published his report from the Prague conference in Polish language.

Program & Speakers

The conference featured more than 50 speakers including Alan Zaruba, Jean François Porchez, Johanna Balusikova, Frantisek Storm, Gerhard Unger, Vladimir Yefimov, and many more. The conference program was developed by the ATypI 2004 Program Committee: Peter Bilak, Filip Blazek, Erik Spiekermann, Frantisek Storm, Adam Twardoch, Emil Yakupov, Alan Záruba, Pavel Zelenka, and Maxim Zhukov.

Program Booklet Program booklet
The complete program booklet (PDF 1.2 MB, 85 pages, Sep 22, 2004). All conference participants received the printed version of this booklet.

The annual TypeTech Forum & FontLab Workshop was organized Thomas Phinney and Ted Harrison. The two days prior to the main Conference featured two tracks of technical seminars related to font development on a range of subjects, including Unicode, OpenType and using FontLab applications. The annual Gala Dinner was be held at the beautiful Brevnov Monastery, founded by St. Vojtech and Duke Boleslav II in 993, and the oldest monastery in the Czech lands.

See you in Helsinki!

Thank you all who helped to organize the very successful Prague conference, thank you all participants. In 2005, the ATypI conference will be conducted in Helsinki. See you there!

For more information, please contact the ATypI Secretariat & Conference Office.

ATypI Secretariat & Conference Office
6050 Boulevard East, #2H
West New York, New Jersey, USA
t. +001 201.453.1526
f. +001 201.861.3365