What we learned at Typo Berlin 2018

  • Caroline Pieracci

3 days, 60 speakers, 1600 participants, and lots of new neurons added to our brains. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite bits from Typo Berlin.

5 things we learned

The presentations were full of everything from visionary thoughts to practical tips and tricks, with plenty of typography and content in between.

Designer Timothy Goodman at Typo Berlin 2018
New York based designer Timothy Goodman had the most important message of all.
Brand Strategist Alex Mecklenburgat Typo Berlin 2018
Brand strategist Alex Mecklenburg shared a similar message, but from the corporate perspective.

She posed the question "The Wonder of Digital Creation is sacred ... or is it?" and advises against creating internal innovation labs because they exclude everyone outside the lab from being innovative.

Digital Visionary Johann Jungwirth at Typo Berlin 2018
From vision and philosophy to more practical matters: the faceless truck of the future, as imagined by Volkswagen. And how about that fancy Volkswagen logo of the future?
Brand Talk at Typo Berlin 2018
Nivea showed how they designed fonts to provoke specific feelings. In graphology, this is called the Eindruckscharaktere. Brand: Nivea Agency: Juliasys
Brand Talk at Typo Berlin 2018
Europe’s largest network of health clinics presented their new corporate design and website. They followed an interesting approach: content first. Because it’s content that would gain their patient’s trust. Brand: Helios Clinics Agency: EdenSpiekermann
Professor and typographer Gerd Fleischmann at Typo Berlin 2018
Famous German dadaist, surrealist, and constructivist Kurt Schwitters (1887 - 1948) wasn't just one of the defining artists of the 20th century – he also had lots to say about typography, as Prof Gerd Fleischmann explained to us.

4 inspirational finds

Here is some work that’ll remind you how wonderful and faceted creativity can be.

Designer Hansje van Halem at Typo Berlin 2018
Dive into the work of Hansje van Halem – great fun.
XXX at Typo Berlin 2018
Fantastic work! Watch case film here. Brand: London Symphony orchestra Agency: Superunion
Urban developer Charles Landry at Typo Berlin 2018
Society is moving faster and faster, and urban developer Charles Landry talked about his his obervations on the consequences. For example, cities have to come up with creative solutions to cope with or even take advantage of the ever increasing speed of life.
Brand talk at Typo Berlin 2018
Speaking of faster moving times: In their “new agenda for strategic branding” the team from KMS Agency showed how fast a channel reaches 50 million users.

3 fun facts

Observing the creative avante-garde two things came to mind. First, even the big agencies deal with the stuff everyone else deals with. And second, the political resistance is alive!

Brand Talks at Typo Berlin 2018
We've all been there. But the good news is: even the big players in the agency world come to the same conclusion. Brand: Helios Clinics Agency: EdenSpiekermann
Brand Talk at Typo Berlin 2018
We've all been there, part 2: when the client wants to combine the two (very) different directions the agency presented. Brand: London Symphony orchestra Agency: Superunion
Politics yeah! at Typo Berlin 2018
How refreshingly political Type Berlin was! Several speakers came out passionately against Trump, while one German-speaking presenter did his entire talk in the she form only. We had a female muslim designer on stage and many speakers poked fun at patriarchy. Go go go, forward-thinking creatives!

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