Program Committee

The program of the ATypI Prague 2004 conference has been developed by the Program Committee:

Peter Biľak

Peter Biľak was born in Czechoslovakia and now works in The Netherlands, in the field of graphic and type design. In 1999 he started his type foundry Typotheque. In 2000, together with Stuart Bailey, he co-founded DOT DOT DOT magazine. He teaches typography part-time at the postgraduate course Type & Media at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague.

Filip Blažek

Filip Blažek (born 1974) studied private high school of art in Prague (graphic design; 1991-1995) and took a master's degree in cultural anthropology at Charles University, Prague (1995-2001; dissertation on "Typography and Czech Society in 20th Century"). He has worked as a graphic designer since 1993; since 1997 as a freelancer; since 2003 in his own studio Designiq. He is a co-author of a book Practical Typography (together with Pavel Kocička; ComputerPress 2000). He contributes regularly to the professional periodicals Deleatur, Umeni & Remesla, Typografia, and More recently he is a regular contributor to TYPO magazine, focused on typography and design, which he established in 2003 with a group of young typographers. He also manages the website for Czech graphic designers. (,

Erik Spiekermann

Erik Spiekermann is information architect, type designer (FF Meta, ITC Officina, FF Info, FF Unit, LoType, Berliner Grotesk et al) and author. He was founder in 1979 of MetaDesign, Germany's largest design firm with offices in Berlin, London and San Francisco. In 1988 he started FontShop. He holds an honorary professorship at the Academy of Arts in Bremen, is board member of ATypI and the German Design Council, and president of the ISTD, International Society of Typographic Designers. In July 2000, Erik left MetaDesign Berlin. He now lives and works in Berlin, London and San Francisco, designing publications, complex design systems and more typefaces.

František Štorm

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 Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová, the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design

Adam Twardoch

Born 1975 in Poland, Adam Twardoch now lives in Frankfurt (Oder), at the German-Polish border. Adam specializes in font tool development, font technology and multilingual typography, with special focus on Central European issues and OpenType. Since January 2004, he is scripting products and marketing manager at Fontlab Ltd. In addition, he serves as typographic consultant to and provides consulting services to clients such as Linotype Library and Tiro Typeworks. He regularly writes and lectures about fonts and typography. He is member of the ATypI Board and ATypI country delegate for Poland. And he helps type designers to get their ogoneks right.

Emil Yakupov

Emil Yakupov was born and lives in Russia. His interests and activities of the last 15 years belong to digital typography and computer fonts. Since early 1990s he has worked for ParaType (then ParaGraph) as a product manager and later as a director. ParaType is a multilingual type foundry, the biggest and renowned supplier of Cyrillic fonts. Accepting Russian and Soviet type heritage, ParaType not only converted and redesigned the library to digital format, but notably expanded type collection with new original fonts and Cyrillic adaptations of the best Latin types. ParaType applies multilingual approach to font developments - standard character set of ParaType fonts covers main European languages including newcomers in EC.

Maxim Zhukov

Maxim Zhukov's main occupation is multilingual typography. For many years he served as a typographic coordinator to the United Nations. Zhukov is involved in typeface design, consulting for many individual designers and type foundries. He taught typographic design at his alma mater, Moscow Printing Institute, and now teaches at Parsons School of Design and Cooper Union in New York. Maxim Zhukov writes on typography and type design. He is a member of a number of Russian and American professional societies and associations. He is a member of the Board of ATypI, and the country delegate for Russia.

Pavel Zelenka

Pavel Zelenka was born in 1970 in the Czech Republic. After five years of medical studies he left university to become graphic designer. In 1995 he co-founded two-person DTP business called Marvil, which within a few years became a full service graphic and pre-press company employing 10 people. His work has been awarded in annual exhibition "The most beautiful books" in Prague. He is an OpenType and Unicode enthusiast and his company, Studio Marvil, has converted more than 3000 fonts to OpenType format for URW++. In 2003, together with his friends Filip Blažek, Pavel Kocička and Jakub Krc he began to publish Typo magazine, a Czech/English bi-monthly concerning typography, visual communication and graphic design.

Alan Záruba

Alan Záruba (born 1964) holds an MA in Typo/graphic studies from London School of Printing. He founded Alba studio Ltd. in 1996, and later Studio Alazar in The Hague. In 1997 he started a collaboration with Prof. Zdenek Ziegler, one of the most influential figure of the modern Czechoslovak graphic design scene. With his colleagues and design historian Dr. Iva Janakova he co-founded the design magazine Deleatur and served as editor. Since 1998 he participates regularly in national design events, and has received many awards for design and typography. At present he is active in design work in Prague and the Hague; in writing about design issues for Czech, Slovak and Italian magazines; guest teaching at the Academy of Applied Arts and Architecture in Prague (where he is a current PhD. candidate) and the Merz Academy in Stuttgart; working on an organization committee of the International Graphic Design Biennale in Brno 2004 and the ATypI Congress 2004 in Prague, among other events.