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Script connects, encourages commitment, enables dialogue: The GRANSHAN Talks & Ceremony bring together the type design and typography community at the University of Reading in person – and worldwide online.

Monday, 17 June
from 1:00 to 5:00 pm BST in Reading and on YouTube

Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University Reading, Earley Gate, RG6 6BZ

Selected talks — including Dr. Huda Smitshuizen Abifares, Golnar Katrahmani, Krista Radeova, Lloyd Zapanta, Aaron Amar and Nino Jishkariani — alternate with the announcements and short laudatory speeches on the winning works of the 13th GRANSHAN Type Design Competition 2023/2024.

The highlight of the award ceremony is the presentation of the GRANSHAN Grand Prize with a lecture by the winner. Finally, we are very much looking forward to announcing the recipient of the GRANSHAN Lifetime Honour Medal – awarded for the first time.

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When (BST)
Special Session (on-site in Reading only)
from 10:30 am | Registration for Special Session: Deep Dive into the Reading Collection
11:00 am
Deep dive into the Reading Collection with Borna Izadpanah and Gerry Leonidas
Arabic & Greek – Stories of adaptation and divergence: two scripts, one model of seeing
12:00 noon
Lunch Break
on your own
Talks & Ceremony (on-site and online on YouTube)
from 12:30 am | Registration (only in-person-Conference)
1:00 pm
Veronika Burian, Catherine Dixon and Toshi Omagari
Welcome note and introduction
1:15 pm
Golnar Katrahmani

Type and Politics

Huda Smitshuizen AbiFarès
Persian Graphic Design exhibition
Krista Radoeva
Diversifying Cyrillics
in between: Announcement winners Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Korean, Cyrillic, South Asian Scripts, South East Asian Scripts
3:00 pm
Short Break
3:15 pm
Lloyd Zapanta, Aaron Amar
Back to life: Baybayin as a revived Philippine script
in between: Announcement winners Multiscript categories, Armenian (Edik Ghabuzyan Lifetime Achievement Award for Armenian Type Design) and Georgian
4:00 pm
Veronika Burian
Introduction winner GRAND PRIZE
Followed by a presentation by the Grand PRIZE winner
Boris Kochan
Announcing the recipient of the GRANSHAN Lifetime Honour Medal
4:45 pm
Veronika Burian, Catherine Dixon, Boris Kochan, Toshi Omagari
Closing notes
5:00 pm
End of GRANSHAN talks and ceremony
onsite with some drinks
Surprise Event (on-site only)
5:30 pm
A special tour in the University of Reading
If all goes well, this little surprise tour can be offered to everyone present in Reading

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