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Veronika Burian, born in Prague, got her first degree in industrial design in Munich, Germany. Discovering her true passion for type, she graduated with distinction from the master’s programme in typeface design in Reading, UK, in 2003. She then started work as a full-time type designer at DaltonMaag in South London, where she remained until 2007. She is now living and working in Prague and dedicates all her time to TypeTogether, an independent type foundry that she co-founded with José Scaglione. Her typeface Maiola received the TDC Certificate of Excellence in Type Design in 2004. Karmina and Bree, two collaborative typefaces from TypeTogether, also won a merit at the European Design Awards competition 2007 and 2009.
Veronika Burian

Typographic Matchmaking


When starting a new project, one of the many tasks a designer encounters, is the selection of typefaces. Recognising the combined effect of typefaces is crucial. In this context, some of the important questions are: what typographic style transmits the message best, what typefaces work well together for the particular task, what character-set and how many weights are needed, and finally, what functions are the typefaces expected to perform. This presentation deals with such fundamental issues and offers guidance on how to approach the delicate matter of love and hate relationships that often exist between typefaces. The discussion is illustrated with examples of “typographic couples”, both good and bad.

»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 16th International
TYPO Berlin 2011

will take place
May 19th to May 21st.