Inscript exists at the overlap of cutting-edge technologies and experimental thinking that dictate our emergent realities. Focusing on design, language, and communication, Inscript explores boundaries and provides a space for sharing, learning, and brazen experimentation.

Our formative five-day festival showcases inspiring presentations at the overlap of typography and today’s evolving industries, including: artificial, augmented, and virtual realities, creative computing, font technologies, and innovative use of craft.

Join us as we scan the limits of our collective, utterly global, unbound futures.

The 2023 conference will be all virtual, Oct 4-8th. With 6 months of recording access for ticket-holders. Reserve your seat here.

Curators

  • Loukas Karnis

    Loukas Karnis is a journalist, content creator, and the former cofounder & editorial director of Typeroom. Karnis was the inaugural editor-in-chief of Esquire Greece; lifestyle editor of CNN Greece, and is currently orchestrating Greece’s first inclusive digital publication. Karnis merges aesthetic know-how, editorial instinct, and tongue-in-cheek style into the publications he contributes to, and he is a devotee to his passions: type, memes, and watermelon with feta and mint.

  • Ksenya Samarskaya

    Ksenya Samarskaya is a strategist and creative practitioner focusing on all things typographic, pedagogical, and with regenerative futures on her mind. Samarskaya is an AGI member and runs a type and branding practice, Samarskaya & Partners. In the past, she’s served on the boards of AIGA/NY and ATypI, as the director of TDC, and has taught type and creative strategy worldwide.

  • Alex Slobzheninov

    Alex Slobzheninov does everything related to typography—uses type, makes type, and makes tools to make type. Based in Prague, he is the founder of Contemporary Type and part of Pangram Pangram, having previously worked with &Walsh studio. Slobzheninov has been featured in publications including It’s Nice That, New Aesthetic, PRINT, and Slanted; and has won the TDC Ascenders and ADC YG rising star awards.

Presentations & Discussions

The event is best experienced live, but recordings will be available for all ticket-holders for 6 months afterward. Get your tickets here.

  • Moderator
    Moderator
    Wed, Oct 4
    01:00 PM GMT

    Ksenya Samarskaya

    Moderating the first day of Inscript, Ksenya Samarskaya is a strategist and creative practitioner focusing on all things typographic, pedagogical, and with regenerative futures on her mind.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Wed, Oct 4
    01:05 PM GMT

    AI and typography—a dialogue between humans & nature!

    Creativity and innovation are no longer exclusively the province of humans, but the result of collaboration, a game of interpretation in the dialogue between humans and machines. This is the world in which we live today, where artificial intelligence is rapidly evolving and new scenarios are opened. The world is facing a new era of typographical artifacts, typography that kisses the rigor of the function to embrace new expression values.

    Gianpaolo Tucci

    Born in Italy and living in Berlin, Gianpaolo Tucci is a designer who has worked for many businesses during his career (Nokia, HERE, Google, RGA) from agencies to corporates with the goal of scaling design impact. Tucci is combining his passion for art and technology by focusing on artificial intelligence and machine learning as a potential game changer when applied to design processes and creative discovery. In particular, he is focusing on how AI can change the landscape of typography with his project @aesthetics_imperfections.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Wed, Oct 4
    01:35 PM GMT

    Typographic Knitting – of Pixels, Stitches, Wool and Warmth

    With Typeknitting, Rüdiger Schlömer explores the typographic potential of various hand knitting techniques, opening a dialogue between digital typography and the analog craft of knitting. His talk will open up his development process, parallels between (type)design and knitting and the side effects of translating Helvetica or Futura into hand knitting patterns.

    Rüdiger Schlömer

    Rüdiger Schlömer is a graphic designer, knitter and author based in Zürich, Switzerland, who works in exhibition, signage and book design. He teaches Typographic Knitting at museums, art schools and textile festivals and recently published his first type family made for slipstitch knitting, Knit Grotesk, at the Swiss type foundry Nouvelle Noire.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Wed, Oct 4
    02:05 PM GMT

    Collaborating in design and code

    With more and more tools at a designer’s disposal, collaboration becomes more important. Working together with people with different skill sets is key within Studio Dumbar/DEPT®. A great example is the visual identity for D&AD Creativity Festival — a project that utilizes diverse skills such as sound design, visual design, motion design, and creative coding. Chris (Lead visual designer) and Sander (Lead Creative Coder) will share the process behind this award-winning project.

    Studio Dumbar

    Lead Designer Christopher Noort and Lead Creative Coder Sander Sturing collaborated on multiple motion identity projects, notably Utah Jazz, D&AD Creativity Festival, and Adidas Future Natural. Christopher Noort, Lead Designer at Studio Dumbar/DEPT®. Their joined drive is to explore innovative and unique approaches to design and communication, with an approach that is intricate and computational, minimalistic and organic. Studio Dumbar/DEPT® is an international design agency specialised in visual branding and online branding, located in Rotterdam.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Wed, Oct 4
    02:35 PM GMT

    Words of Type

    Even with all the books and articles about these topics, access to typographic knowledge is not as international and easy as it could be. Most of the resources are in English, books are either out of print or cost too much with or without shipping costs, and knowledge about writing systems other than Latin alphabet is way too scarce. That is why Words of Type has been created! An online and multilingual encyclopedia of typographic terms.

    Lisa Huang

    Lisa Huang is a French and Chinese typeface designer specializing in Latin and Hanzi scripts. Born in France with Chinese roots, she grew up with French and Chinese cultures simultaneously. Today, her practice of typography reflects this multicultural life. After graduating with a Master’s degree in Art Direction in Paris, she pursued a specialization in Type Design at Type@Cooper, followed by a Master’s degree at TypeMedia. She is now an independent designer, dedicating her time to activities related to typography along with her design practice, focused on Latin and Hanzi scripts.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Wed, Oct 4
    03:05 PM GMT

    Óska: Aesthetic Sovereignty for the Lakota Language

    Óska is a speculative type design project that rejects colonial orthographic mappings and proposes a writing system for the Lakota language centering traditional Očhéthi Šakówiŋ aesthetics. Óska's formal direction comes from the traditional bead and quill craft of Lakota women—celebrated artisans whose aesthetics left an indelible mark on Očhéthi Šakówiŋ culture and the image of Native people in the American Settler imagination.

    Bobby Joe Smith III

    Bobby Joe Smith III is a Black and Indigenous designer and media artist from the Hunkpapa and Oohenumpa Lakota tribes. His creative practice is rooted in the ongoing decolonial and abolitionist movements led by Indigenous communities on Turtle Island and across the Black diaspora.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Wed, Oct 4
    03:35 PM GMT

    What’s code got to do?

    You must understand, oh, the touch of my keyboard / Makes the visual react / That it's only the thrill of idea meetin’ visual / Opposites attract / It's physical / And illogical / You must try to ignore that it means more than that / Oh / What's code got to do, got to do with it? / What's code, but a faster computation? / What's code got to do, got to do with it? / Who needs art when art can be programmed?

    Nazareno Crea

    ABC-ETC.COM is a playground for aesthetic experiments combining typefaces and artworks, with the direct possibility to license the content created at any time. Our type-design approach lead us to develop this platform. Considering typefaces and letterforms not just as simple black shapes on a white void, but always in relation to colors, patterns, illustrations, still and moving images, presenting works created by humans with authorship and uniqueness.

  • Moderator
    Moderator
    Thu, Oct 5
    01:00 PM GMT

    Liza Enebeis

    Moderating Thursday, October 5th is Liza Enebeis, Creative Director and Partner at Studio Dumbar/DEPT®, an initiator of DEMO Design in Motion Festival, and co-founder and host Typeradio.org.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Thu, Oct 5
    01:05 PM GMT

    Sparks Edition

    Sparks Edition is creating artwork/graphic design studio based in Seoul. Our works are focused on visual graphics (brand identity, album, book, poster, editorial, etc), paintings, and sculptures.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Thu, Oct 5
    01:35 PM GMT

    "Experimental Typography, BUT"

    Anna Dora will talk about developing a personal design language and gives some in depth details about her most popular typographic experiments.

    Anna Dora L

    Anna Dora is an applied art director, liquid artist and modern designer who works with internationally recognised clients and the biggest agencies around the world such as Burberry, Universal Music Group, Sony, Ogilvy, Superdry and Viceland. She currently runs her own applied art and design studio called ADL which is involved in experimental, forward thinking projects that always aim to push the limits of what graphic design can and should be. Anna Dora's style is defined by a magical, playful and futuristic aesthetic and has an emphasis on experimental liquid typography.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Thu, Oct 5
    01:35 PM GMT

    Inspiring Meaningful Connections

    Whether online or offline, today's media landscape is one thing above all: loud. More and more messages are reaching us through more and more channels, fighting for the scarcest commodity on the advertising market: our attention. To survive in this shark tank, it's no longer enough for designers to simply project their images and messages to the outside world. It's about leaving a lasting impression. One way to achieve this goal is through the use of generative design.

    Patrik Hübner

    As an award-winning programming designer and creative director, Patrik Hübner has been working at the intersection of communication and technology for over 15 years. Employed in traditional design for years, he discovered Creative Coding in 2014 and was one of the first to use the explorative creative method to rethink branding. Today, as a generative designer, he works with international clients to develop unique brand experiences that inspire analog and digital connections between consumers, brands and products.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Thu, Oct 5
    02:05 PM GMT

    Static Images in Movement

    If a poster or an illustration can be considered a captured moment of something in movement, what happened to that visual before and after that moment? ‘Static images in movement’ will explore the relationship between motion and static outputs in graphic design. It will focus on how the former can influence and elevate the latter when designing.

    Gianluca Alla

    Gianluca Alla is an Italian graphic designer based in London. Typography and basic shapes are primary tools for his work, and he uses these as a basis to build visual systems, hence images. He has designed animations, identities, illustrations and posters for companies such as Apple, It’s Nice That, London College of Communication, Nike, The New York Times, Pinterest and Wired UK, amongst others.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Thu, Oct 5
    02:35 PM GMT

    Stealing Tools

    Tools, tooling, toolish. With a practice based in enthusiasm for experimentation and playfulness, Monica will go through a series of experiments with digital tools and online generators that she uses to build the graphic language of a self-inciated editorial project: Desde el estándar. It is within this interplay of possibilities and limitations of the medium that the project’s essence comes to life, as eccentric graphic elements and visuals coalesce.

    Mònica Losada

    Mònica Losada is a freshly graduated graphic designer from Barcelona. Her work revolves around communication, print and experimental design with a deep understanding of narratives and supported by the process of research and experimentation. In terms of visual language, her work is distinguished for a strong use of typography. Lately, her practice shifts around the tools she works with. By understanding and pushing the rules and limitations of a certain language or tool, she finds new interesting formal solutions.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Thu, Oct 5
    03:05 PM GMT

    Multilayered Structure of Text and Textures

    CBR is constantly presenting graphic works that unravel existing objects or Korean images in a new and original way using "accumulation" and "overlapping" as motifs of its works. His work is all shaped, changed, and developed through form and texture, including experience, civilization, knowledge, and relationships. All of the densely generated elements will deliver a story that combines overlapping, stacking, and spreading phenomena into his own accumulated memories and visualizes them.

    Chae Byungrok

    Chae Byungrok is an excellent graphic designer who lives and works in Seoul, Korea. After studying graphic design under Koichi Sato at Tama Art University in Japan, he has established his own studio named CBR Graphic. His vivid work is characterized by a variety of visual languages with a focus on solution-oriented concepts and eye-catching expression. He enjoys to experiment with different graphic interpretations, abstractions and a variety of techniques.

  • Moderator
    Moderator
    Fri, Oct 6
    01:00 PM GMT

    Charles Nix

    Moderating the third day of this year’s Inscript festival is Charles Nix, an Executive Creative Director, designer, typographer, and educator.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Fri, Oct 6
    01:05 PM GMT

    On Designing Expressive Typefaces

    Design gets particularly compelling when it comprises a rich network of meaningful references. Hoang Nguyen and David Gobber will talk about how this point of view shapes their design practice. A closer look at the typefaces Hofmann and Lucifer will provide insights into the origins of their expressive shapes and explain their deep roots in a Swiss design history beyond Swiss Style.


    Nguyen Gobber

    Nguyen Gobber is the graphic design practice of Hoang Nguyen and David Gobber in Vienna, Austria. Besides creating visual identities and editorial designs for culture and academia, they design expressive typefaces, which are trusted and used by Google, Nike, The Met, SoundCloud, WeTransfer, KEXP, and many more.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Fri, Oct 6
    01:35 PM GMT

    Performative Typography

    This talk explores how we use bilingual typographic design to delve into culture.

    PAY2PLAY

    PAY2PLAY is a small graphic design studio based in Beijing, China. Founded by Sun Xiaoxi & Wang Lang in 2019. Their works range from editorial design, exhibition identity, packaging design and branding. They have a special interest in new forms and materials, and pushing beyond their limits is what they love to do.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Fri, Oct 6
    02:05 PM GMT

    Visual Narratives: Typing Letters and Connecting Words

    What if a typeface itself could tell stories? I would like to share the approach and process of a new way of storytelling through the "Flefixx" project—an idiosyncratic visual language and typeface system that explores typography as a medium for storytelling. It's not about etymology; rather, it's a way to find and create images in the common combinations of letters that make up words. It allows to connect unrelated words into a sequence of narratives.

    Sun Young Oh

    Sun Young Oh is an independent designer from South Korea, specializing in typography and digital materials, which encompass fluid media without a physical format. With a background in fine art and graphic design, she merges these disciplines, constantly exploring the dynamic interplay between them. She approaches the creative process as a playful exploration, yielding flexible and interactive designs with potential. She embraces randomized concepts to generate unexpected visual results, adding a serendipity to her work. (sunyoungoh.com)

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Fri, Oct 6
    02:35 PM GMT

    Jürg Lehni

    Jürg Lehni works collaboratively across disciplines, exploring the nuances of technology, tools and the human condition. His work examines the roles of software-assisted artistic expression, its physical reproduction, and the poetic potential of mechanical and computational gestures. Lehni has shown work internationally at the MoMA, SFMOMA, Walker Art Center, Centre Pompidou, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Kunsthaus Zürich, etc. His works have been acquired by the collections of SFMOMA, HEK Basel and the Christoph Merian Foundation.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Fri, Oct 6
    03:05 PM GMT

    Hansje van Halem’s lecture is an immersive journey into the world of graphic design. With a blend of artistry and technology, Hansje van Halem explores intricate patterns, typography, and visual storytelling. Her work transcends traditional boundaries, offering fresh perspectives on design’s limitless possibilities. Van Halem’s lecture is a creative odyssey, inspiring both seasoned designers and newcomers to embrace the beauty of visual communication in new and exciting ways

    Hansje van Halem

    Graphic designer Hansje van Halem (1978) gathered recognition with her distinctive typography and geometric, almost psychedelic illustrations built on complex patterns. Van Halem digitally scratches, draws or weaves her letters and designs stamps, posters and illustrations. Her design-experiments sometimes lead to commissioned applications for public space, including a border fence at the Dutch Schiphol Airport. As part of her independent practice Hansje is head designer of music festival Lowlands.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Fri, Oct 6
    03:35 PM GMT

    NaN

    NaN is an exploratory and service-driven type design practice balancing weirdness and wisdom. Together with our wonderful rag-tag team of collaborators, crew and clients, we explore the relationship type has with code and technology – delivering projects with purpose. Find us at the intersection of serious and slaphappy.

  • Moderator
    Moderator
    Sat, Oct 7
    01:00 PM GMT

    Nontsikelelo Mutiti

    Moderating the fourth day of Inscript, Nontsikelelo Mutiti is a Zimbabwean born designer, visual artist, and educator whose conceptual approach to design spans across mediums. Mutiti is the director of graduate studies at Yale.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Sat, Oct 7
    01:05 PM GMT

    Designing a variable typeface for AR

    Why I made a variable font in Augmented Reality (AR). My process of making the font, and the challenges I faced during the development process. Also, talk about what opportunities arise when typography and AR are combined; how we can incorporate the principles of legibility in this new medium not in a traditional 2 dimensional way. Encourage designers to experiment with new ways of integrating typefaces into AR experiences.

    Rajshree Saraf

    A designer, art director, researcher and creative technologist, Rajshree (or Raj) creates work that integrates design with emerging tech. With a day job in advertising, a master’s degree in interactive tech and a lack of social life, her research focuses on communication, typography and Augmented Reality. Her work has been recognised by TDC and has been featured in Communication Arts, It’s Nice That, Homegrown, and Platform Magazine.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Sat, Oct 7
    01:35 PM GMT

    Embracing Cultural Diversity with Bété Type Design.

    In this talk, Yeo will delve into emphasizing the value of diverse cultural perspectives in design and the importance of celebrating and preserving indigenous scripts like the Bété script.

    Adam Yeo

    Adam Yeo is a graphic designer from the Ivory Coast. His research interests lie in the fields of languages and writing, art and design, culture, and innovation.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Sat, Oct 7
    02:05 PM GMT

    The Story of A Poem

    My love for architecture, language, and Persian poetry has been the impetus for creating the pixelated type manifesting through a range of processes such as printmaking, 3D printing, installation and book arts in my practice. I have visually translated Samanbouyan, A 14’th Century Persian poem by Hafez, into contemporary pieces for contemplation through the modular treatment of the cube unit in creating typeface. This architectural script of Samanbouyan gains new meanings alongside an investigation through my father’s handwriting in the quest for my past.

    Golnar Adili

    Golnar Adili is a mixed media artist, educator, and designer with a focus on diasporic identity.She holds a Master's degree in architecture and has attended residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation for theArts, and The Center for Book Arts among others. Some of the venues Adili has shown her work include,The V&A Museum in London, and the Cue Art Foundation, NY. She has received the Pollock-KrasnerFoundation grant, and the NYFA Fellowship. The Met, and Library of Congress, are a few collections Adili’s Artist Books Live in.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Sat, Oct 7
    02:35 PM GMT

    The Alphabetical Room

    “The Alphabetical Room” is a systematic exploration into the boundaries and limits of writing within a strictly calculated mathematical three dimensional grid within the flat digital space. Treating the three dimensional grid in the second dimensional digital space was always an intriguing matter for graphic designers, programmers, creative coders and visual artists. Starting from Josef-Müller Brockmann’s grid proposal for the design of interior spaces in 1961, the perspective of the viewer changes throughout the pages of the leaflet as does the resolution of the three dimensional grids in which the hypothetical letterforms are displayed.

    Liad Shadmi

    Liad Shadmi is a freelance Graphic Designer and Art Director based in Hamburg. He graduated with honors from Shenkar College of Engineering & Design, one of the leading design schools in Israel. Liad specializes in Graphic Design, Brand Identity, Art Direction, Type Design, Print & Layout, and Web Design, with a strong emphasis on Typography in his work. He is passionate about researching design, particularly Vernacular design, and believes that design should be rooted in deep and meaningful research. Liad strives to combine heritage and classic attributes with contemporary virtues in his work.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Sat, Oct 7
    03:05 PM GMT

    The Pingpong Process

    A walkthrough of the messy process of shuttling between tools, and throwing letterforms in the mix.

    Khyati Trehan

    An Indian graphic designer and visual artist, living and working in NYC. Her practice seeks out the sweet spot between concept and craft.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Sat, Oct 7
    03:35 PM GMT

    Everything Everywhere All At Once

    Presented is the talk "Everything Everywhere All At Once," drawing inspiration from my favourite movie. We'll discuss the challenges and opportunities of multidisciplinary practice. I'll share a real case study on exhibition design, where I merged all my toolkits into the EVA (Exposed Virtual Anonymity) project. Witness the integration of type design, kinetic typography, creative coding, augmented reality, virtual reality, touch design, all at once. It was overwhelming yet fascinating!

    Tra Giang Nguyen (Gydient)

    Tra Giang Nguyen, also known as Gydient, is a creative based in Vietnam and Germany. She is passionate about kinetic typography, type design, and brand identity. Her work was recognized by ADC, TDC, Communication Arts, and It's Nice That. As a Design Director of her own practice, she collaborates with clients like Adobe and Amazon. In early 2023, she launched a AR/VR project, Exposed Virtual Anonymity (EVA), exploring virtual presentation and privacy.

  • Moderator
    Moderator
    Sun, Oct 8
    01:00 PM GMT

    Kiel Danger Mutschelknaus

    Moderating the final day of Inscript is motion and generative designer, and creator of Space Type Generator, Kiel Danger Mutschelknaus.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Sun, Oct 8
    01:05 PM GMT

    Material Type

    Letterforms are languages presented in a visual form. For a very long time, they have remained entirely artificial, meticulously crafted by human beings, and for human beings to read. Human designers always intend to pursue perfection, even a tiny dot can be a critical design decision. However, imagine the existence of an “imperfect” type - letterforms are not “fully shaped by human hands”. This is how the idea for Material Type came to be. Material Type is a series of type projects exploring the natural properties of different materials and utilizing them as a foundation for typography design.

    Rozi Zhu

    Rozi Zhu is a freelance designer based in New York City. With a strong curiosity in creative coding and physical computing, she creates experimental visuals and interactive designs.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Sun, Oct 8
    01:35 PM GMT

    Transforming Type Thinking into Tangible Objects

    Simon will talk about taking the keys to our Dinamo Hardware warehouse and the thought that goes into the details, nuances, materiality, and thinking around an object. He’ll discuss how and why we release objects into the world, from sourcing, research, and conceptualizing to production and packaging. He’ll also shine some light onto the ways that creating objects feeds back into our type design practice.

    Dinamo

    Simon Merz is Head of Hardware at Dinamo, the German type design studio offering bespoke typefaces, design software, research, and consultancy. Based in Berlin, it works with a network of satellite members across the globe. Simon creates and produces our Dinamo’s Hardware products — where type thinking is transformed into tangible objects. His practice is based on ideas, materiality, concepts, and nuances, often making subtle references to various subcultures.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Sun, Oct 8
    02:05 PM GMT

    Between Gradients and Variable Typography

    This talk will be about my experiences with experimental typography and the development of my most recent project: A variable typeface called Gradial. It is one of the first typefaces to support variable gradients under the new color font format COLRv1. The introduction of COLRv1 has opened up a whole new word of colorful and animated type on the web!

    Lena Weber

    Lena Weber is a designer and creative coder exploring digital aesthetics, typography and the intersection between form and data. Currently working as a freelancer between Weimar and Berlin, she specializes in the development of design tools and experimental typefaces.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Sun, Oct 8
    02:35 PM GMT

    Leveling Up Design: Custom Tools For A Playful Creative Process

    Coming from a type design background we realized how much tools can influence the trajectory of a design process. Our playful intuitive process is based on the development of custom digital tools that emulate toys rather than mere instruments. Swift iterations and an intuitive workflow dissolve cognitive constraints and create a playful mindset. Learning how to play with a new toy powers our curiosity. It fosters exploration, reduces overthinking and results in a more dynamic and imaginative visual output.

    Schultzschultz

    Schultzschultz is a german design studio dedicated to creating distinctive design for international brands. They specialize in creating custom fonts and developing client-specific digital tools to achieve extraordinary visual results beyond the capabilities of conventional design software.

  • Presentation
    Presentation
    Sun, Oct 8
    03:05 PM GMT

    Interactive Light Installation

    Kirklewski plans to speak about his most recent project, which is currently in progress and under NDA.

    Ksawery Kirklewski

    One of the practitioners at the vanguard of the digital craft today is Ksawery Kirklewski, a creative coding artist of growing repute. Kirklewski is the author of interactive installations, generative animations, music videos, phygital sculptures, and realizations in public space. In his activities, he uses new technologies, programming, advertising media and tv equipment, focusing mostly on the generative and net art field.

Workshops

Workshop admittance is sold separately and limited. Please register here.

  • Workshop
    Workshop
    Oct 14 & 21
    03:00 PM GMT

    Working with what’s (t)here, Proposing what isn’t

    In this two-day (Sat Oct 14 and 21) online workshop facilitated by Joe Potts, founder and co-director of the Southland Institute, participants will explore various conceptual and typo/graphic strategies in order to conceive and design a collection of critical proposals, and generate a collectively authored publication geared towards clarifying, revealing, complicating, and/or increasing access to various aspects of a selection of existing sites (physical, web, or something in between) of the group's choosing.


    Southland Institute

    The Southland Institute (for critical, durational, and typographic post-studio practices) is dedicated to exploring, implementing, and sharing meaningful, affordable, sustainable alternatives in postsecondary design and art education. Working with and between existing structures and systems, and proposing alternatives and supplements where necessary, the Southland Institute offers opportunities for rigorous, accessible educational experiences involving image, typography, (infra)structure, sound, time, space, pedagogy, archives, and language.

    $60

Grants

In the fall of this year, we’ll reveal a microgrant program to help support the explorative, boundary-pushing, and thoughtful work we’re here to champion. Stay tuned, or subscribe to our email list to be notified when applications open.

Branding

“To define a creative idea as an expression of the brand, we asked ourselves: what are the core elements that are distinctive of the digital festival? Our answer is: the people, their voice, their appearance, and their work.”—Gianpaolo Tucci and Kacper Pietrzykowski.


Each individual has a unique tone of voice. To represent that, Tucci and Pietrzykowski developed a visual tool to convey the following core values: to be unique according to the individual and their voice; to serve as an accent through the mark to highlight an individual’s work; to enable the revealing of works and individuals through voice, and to celebrate the Inscript community as the connection point that embraces all individuals and their voice through a shared passion. Visit the dedicated page to interact further with the effects, and to download and share your results.


The accompanying audio tracks are created by the American composer, programmer, and conceptual new media artist, R. Luke DuBois.

  • Gianpaolo Tucci

    Born in Italy and living in Berlin, Gianpaolo Tucci is a designer who has worked for many businesses during his career (Nokia, HERE, Google, RGA) from agencies to corporates with the goal of scaling design impact. Tucci is combining his passion for art and technology by focusing on artificial intelligence and machine learning as a potential game changer when applied to design processes and creative discovery. In particular, he is focusing on how AI can change the landscape of typography with his project @aesthetics_imperfections.

  • Kacper Pietrzykowski

    Kacper Pietrzykowski is a designer and engineer by training. He’s a former MIT Design Lab researcher exploring emerging technologies for novel design solutions in the fields of safety, wellbeing, and sportswear. He envisioned future product & experience roadmaps for brands like Puma and Samsung, and has presented works at events such as Milano Design Week, Design Indaba, and Ars Electronica. He combines expertise in design, engineering, and software development to make stuff go ‘beep boop’ and ‘blink blink’.

  • R. Luke DuBois

    R. Luke DuBois is a composer, artist, and performer who explores the temporal, verbal, and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University, and has lectured and taught worldwide on interactive sound and video performance. DuBois is the co-author of Jitter, a software suite for the real-time manipulation of matrix data; appears on nearly twenty-five albums both individually and as part of the avant-garde electronic group The Freight Elevator Quartet; and currently performs as part of the groups Bioluminescence and Fair Use.

Select Press

  • Typo Festival Inscript

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  • Inscript Type Festival 2023: A not-to-be-missed rendezvous with typography and innovation in the digital realm

    Inscript Type Festival 2023: A not-to-be-missed rendezvous with typography and innovation in the digital realm

    Typeroom

  • “Inclusive, diverse, bold”: Experimental type festival Inscript returns for its second year

    “Inclusive, diverse, bold”: Experimental type festival Inscript returns for its second year


    It’s Nice That

  • Inscript Experimental Type Festival: the moment to join a revolution dawns online

    Inscript is this fall’s must-attend event. And THE virtual portfolio and behind-the-scenes showcase experience for all things pushing the edge of the expected.

    Typeroom

  • Breaking barriers for a brave new world: Ksenya Samarskaya on Inscript Experimental Type Festival

    Inscript brings together practitioners that are pushing forward the future of type — want to know what we’re all going to be doing in a few years? See what’s possible? These are the rooms to be in.

    Typeroom

  • Access to the Futures of Type

    The experimental tone of ‘Inscript’ left me feeling exhilarated, liberated and impatient to try new these tools and methods in my own work.

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