The story begins in Antwerp during the ATypI 2018 conference, the annual meeting of the global type community. During those few days it became apparent that the TYPO Labs conference, a spin-off the known TYPO Berlin, with special focus on type technology, would not take place anymore. The previous editions of TYPO Labs had garnered much interest from the community and so the disappointment about these news was palpable. Immediately voices were heard as to the urgency of organising a new event.
A range of possible options was discussed with the result that GRANSHAN with its international reputation and global network within the type scene, together with ATypI and other relevant organisations would constitute an excellent framework. Along the way towards «Typelabs» of the future, the three curators encountered Dave Crossland at ATypI Tokyo, a member of the Google Fonts team. He also expressed interest in a new event for the type community focused on type technology, and revealed he had similar discussions earlier in the year at the Libre Graphics Meeting in Saarbrücken. He suggested that, since Google has sponsored various events in the past (TYPO Labs, LGM, Typographics, TypeCon, ATypI, BITS, TMX, DiaTipo, and more) it might be possible to sponsor such an event in the future. Moreover a first conversation with Ana Regidor, who many know as the powerhouse behind TYPO Labs, had happened already in Antwerp. She was immediately excited and ready to back such activities with her organisational talents.
In this way, as first step, TypeTech MeetUp in Munich was conceived as part of the Munich Design Week 2020. It is considered as a kind pre-event of the then bi-annual Typelabs conference, taking place most probably in Berlin 2021 onwards.
TypeTech MeetUp as well as the prospective Typelabs are non-profit, community-driven events to share knowledge, foster new relationships and also business opportunities for attendees and speakers alike. Accordingly Typelabs is openly inviting other interested parties to participate. In this vein, several preliminary conversations with various independent type foundries, who have signaled their willingness to sustainably back such undertaking, have already taken place. Do not hesitate to contact the curators for further discussions.
The type community and related activities rely heavily on voluntary work by enthusiastic members. So, we the curators too, organise this event in our free time, because we believe that a platform to discuss current and future digital communication is important and relevant.
We want to sincerely thank the team behind the scenes and all volunteers, who donate their manpower, time, and enthusiasm to bring this wonderful event to life.
Photo of Veronika Burian, Gerry Leonidas & Laura Meseguer by Norman Posselt