This year, TypeCon 2013 was held in Portland, ORE. There were lot's of great speakers, and plenty to talk about. One of the highlights was a talk given by Pete McCracken, who was responsible for designing typfaces for adidas, mtv, and nike. His talk was about how to become a famous typeface designer. In the end it was a satire of sorts, ultimately realizing that fame doesn't come with being a typeface designer.
There were lots of great pieces of creative typography up to look at.
One of the highlights was meeting Typeface designers Andrea Leksen and Mathew Carter. Andrea was nice enough to sit down for an interview about her design process for Bemis which can be read here.
There were lots of great talks like this one about ornamentation.
And funny emogee's like this one made of a South India dialect known as Telugu, or Kanada. I forget which one.
But one of my favorite moments was getting my picture with Mathew Carter. You may know him by the guy who designed some of your favorite web fonts like Verdana, Tahoma, and Georgia.
And meeting Zuzana Licko. She helped start the popular magazine Emigre in 1984, as well as making countless number of awesome fonts. Visit this link to check some of them out. I like Mrs. Eaves the best. She also one this years SoTA award. She was so sweet. She asked me if I was a designer and I said "Yes I'm a graphic designer at Oregon State University, I'll be a senior this year" in which she replied "Oh you're just starting out than, that's great." She had a great energy about her.
All in all it was a great experience. One that I will remember always. If you have an opportunity to visit a TypeCon I would highly recommend it. I walked away feeling invigorated about type, and hope to design my own typeface in the near future.