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František Štorm

Storm Type Foundry | Czech Republic

František Štorm was born in 1966 in Prague, Czech Republic. He graduated in 1991 from the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague where he studied book and type design under Professor Jan Solpera, and was an assistant at the same studio between 1991 and 1995. In 1993 founded the Storm Type Foundry in Prague in 1993 with the aim of restoring the values of classical typography for the benefit of digital technologies. Today he is a freelance type-designer, photographer, xylographer and howling computer programmer, as well as the Frantisek is head of the Typography & Type department at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design (Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová) in Prague.

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Life and work of Josef Týfa

Friday 1 October | 11:15 – 12:00
Location: A-1 (Archa Hall 1)
Presentation | Theme: Central and Eastern European Traces | Duration: 45 minutes

Josef Týfa is a living legend of Czech typography, born in 1913. His major contribution for the development of advertising and book design begins in 1950s and continues virtually up to the present times. He is author of numerous original typefaces: ITC Tyfa, Academia, Juvenis, Amos, etc. and being 90 years old, still prepares new sketches for digital re-storing of his older designs. František Štorm and Pavel Zelenka will review Tyfa’s inspiration sources, progression and influences on today’s generation of graphic designers.

Czech Type Library

Saturday 2 October | 13:30 – 14:15
Location: A-2 (Archa Hall 2)
Presentation | Theme: Central and Eastern European Traces | Duration: 45 minutes

The lecture presents significant original Czech typefaces gathered in the “Czech Type Library”, a commercial font package by Storm Type Foundry which is also an important cultural phenomenon mapping the period from the beginning of 20th century up to now. The presenters will describe stories of typographers Vojtech Preissig, Slavoboj Tusar, Josef Tyfa, Jan Solpera and Jiri Rathousky and their contribution to world’s typography. Respective digitally restored fonts will be presented as well. The major emphasis of the talk, however, shall be focused on the creative process of custom fonts in Czech Republic.

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