Believe it or not, TYPO Berlin (and, thankfully, spring) is already right around the corner, bringing another year of outstanding speakers, engaging workshops, and tons of creative energy in one of Europe’s coolest cities.
This year’s conference will explore the mechanisms of digital transformation and address the role of design in that process. The roster of speakers features brilliant designers and visionaries working on the forefront of this dynamic digital landscape, including:
Aaron Draplin, one of the most prolific and influential designers working today, with a lengthy resume that includes work for Nike, Esquire, Red Wing, Ford, and the Obama administration. He founded the Draplin Design Company in 2004, and co-founded the popular Field Notes brand. In addition to a talk, Draplin will hold what is sure to be a popular workshop on logo design.
Jon Key, an art director, designer, and writer, and the co-founder/partner of the Brooklyn-based design studio Morcos Key. Jon also serves as a contributing art director to The Tenth Magazine and is the co-founder and design director for Codify Art, a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist collective showcasing the work of people of color, women, and queer people of color.
Elizabeth Carey Smith, who specializes in typography and the visualization of complex ideas. Over the past fifteen years, Elizabeth has designed for clients in the arts, fashion, and publishing industries, and she serves on the Board of Directors of the Type Directors Club.
Jamie Neely, Director of Product Design at Monotype, who focuses on digital design workflows using typography. He was previously Creative Director at Typecast, a free web app helping to make web typography accessible, useful and fun.
Alex Mecklenburg, a creative thinker, doer and problem solver who started her journey 25 years ago at Ogilvy. Currently she is an associate at the Digital Think Tank doteveryone.com and a co-founder at the Creative Business Consultancy Truth & Spectacle. Mecklenberg will be the opening speaker for the Brand Talks series.
The final presentation will come from Johann Jungwirth, the chief digital officer at Volkswagen, with a speech on “Human Thinking and Digital Transformation.”
Last year’s event sold out and this year’s appears poised to do so as well, but fortunately there are still discounted tickets available through the end of February. As always, the conference will take place at the iconic Haus der Kulturen der Welt on the banks of the Spree and adjacent to the sprawling Tiergarten. Join us May 17-19!