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Societies
ATypI
The Association Typographique Internationale is "the global forum and focal point for the type community and business".
    Around 400 people typically attend the annual conference, probably the major event on the typography calendar. The 1998 conference was in Lyon, France. Boston is to be graced with ATypI in 1999.

Guild of Book Workers
The national [i.e. USA] non-profit organization for all the book arts. It was founded in 1906 and since that time, especially the last 15 years, has grown immensely in scope. It currently boasts over 900 members world-wide. Areas of interest include bookbinding, printing, conservation, marbling, calligraphy, and papermaking.

Society of Typographic Aficionados
Founded in 1997, SOTA "exists to increase public awareness and appreciation of the art and history of typography and its function in creating beautiful and successful communication". Its first main task, admirably achieved in the opinion of most present, was organizing the Typecon 98 conference in Westborough, MA (USA).

STD
The UK-based Society of Typographic Designers, run by David Quay and Freda Sack of The Foundry, 21-27 Seagrave Road, London SW6 1RP  Tel: 0171 381 4258 Fax: 0171 385 8726

Type Directors Club
The New York-based TDC is "the organization for all people who are devoted to excellence in typography in print and on screen ... if you have an interest in the history of type and a concern for its future, whether you're a design student or a professional, you're invited to join". An annual of typographic design and the Letterspace magazine are both part of the membership deal. Annual membership is $100 to $125; students $25.

The Typographic Circle
A UK-based society for people interested in type and typography. There's also an unofficial site maintained by Clive Bruton. Annual membership is 30 to 40.

Unicode Consortium
The consortium that's trying to squeeze all the world's linguistic characters into 65,000 slots (along with Zapf Dingbats for some reason). The latest version of the main Unicode database is always downloadable. Regular conferences are held.

Japan Digital Font Conference
A non profit organization, whose objectives are "broad support for OpenType, to provide information on font technology, a member mailing list & FAQ, and to provide market information".


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