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Born an American, Dan Reynolds (1979) works in Linotype's font development group, and an instructor at the Hochschule Darmstadt. After his first visit to Mainz, Dan decided to moved to Europe, and has been working with letters ever since. With four other students from the HfG Offenbach, he co-founded the Offenbach Typostammtisch in 2004. Dan holds an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading, where he was part of the MATD class of 2008. His most recent typeface, Malabar, received a Certificate of Excellence in Type Design from the New York Type Directors Club, a silver medal at the ED-Awards 2009, and a gold medal in the 2010 Design Prize of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Dan Reynolds

»Handgloves« or »adhesion«,
Reading or writing, KABK in The Hague or the University of Reading?


Legend has it that the two renowned master’s degree programmes in type design (and their graduates) are rivals. Passionate debates can break out about the best method of drawing an “S”. But is it really true that the schools don’t like each other? Is choosing one or the other really a question of faith? We will look at the distinctive characteristics of the two programmes and the ways in which they differ. The panel exploring those questions and others will include two graduates from each school: Veronika Burian, Christoph Dunst, Laura Meseguer and Dan Reynolds.


The Passion of the Young, Multi-Script Type Designer


Many young type designers work with multiple scripts. They choose this kind of work for its challenges; designers draw type because letters drive them. After close inspection, elements of other writing systems seem not so different from our own. Learning other sets of rules, customs and histories lead to more opportunities to better understand the essence of type. No matter if one fears the results, questions, or respects them, the multitude of non-Latin scripts acts as a mirror for the depth of a type designer’s passion for letters. Whether one draws Latin, Cyrillic, or Devanagari letters is unimportant; making type happen is the key.

The 16th International
TYPO Berlin 2011

will take place
May 19th to May 21st.