ideec is a free conference in San José

The annual IDEEC

Ideec Conference, Exhibition and Workshops is now open for registration. San Jose State University is partnering with the GRANSHAN Foundation and AIGA to host this exciting free conference to share the value and diversity of design education with invited international educational institutions.

Gerard Unger at GRANSHAN Conference 2015

Thank you, Gerard Unger

No idea could reach too far, no color, no structure, no history and no obsession. On the contrary, there was hardly a challenge he would not take on and find his own answer for, his own new adaptation and solution. We will dearly miss his ability to bring history into the present, as well as his passion for the big context and the small details – with infinite generosity, serenity and humour. Gerard Unger, who was a key contributor to promoting GRANSHAN, died last Friday. We bid farewell with great respect and a deep bow: Thank you Gerard!

GRANSHAN Sabbatical

The 2018 Sabbatical

The GRANSHAN conference last year in Yerevan marked the tenth anniversary of the GRANSHAN project, and an opportunity for reflection and intensive work on the future of GRANSHAN. The unique initiative from Armenia by Edik Ghabuzyan and his team for non-Latin typefaces has become a widely respected and supported industry project. With the entry of the Typographische Gesellschaft München (Munich Typographic Society) and the first big international conference in Bangkok in 2013, we expanded significantly the original ideas – the lead statement on our website captures this: “GRANSHAN is the hub for global visual identity. We celebrate non-Latin type faces and typography, design and communication that enable communities to develop culture and enterprises in a balance between local, regional, and global.”


Georgian Font at GRANSHAN Conference

The Caucasus Business Week made an announcement for the GRANSHAN conference and typography week in Yerevan.
Thank you, we liked it :-)


Outlook to Granshan 2018

Outlook to Granshan 2018

Thanks to all speakers, organizers, sponsors and a wonderful audience for this successful event! It has been a blast!
Today, Edik Ghabuzyan and Boris Kochan with the founding members Chang Sik Kim and Gerry Leonidas are announcing next year’s location.
SAVE THE DATE: 23 – 29 July 2018 GRANSHAN Conference will take place in beautiful California!

Sponsor Commercial amoung others

Thanks to our generous sponsors!

TUMO Center for creative technologies above all for hosting GRANSHAN conference 2017 and supporting in all manners! We were also very grateful for the Sandoll communications having sponsored a highlevel simultanous translation from Armenian to English and viceversa! And very happy were we about commercial sponsoring bags and specimen of Graphik – which, and that was just perfect – was awarded 1st prize in this year’s competition for the Arabic version. Well done!

Paul Geumho Seok CEO of Sandoll Communications, inc. at GRANSHAN conference 2017

Paul Geumho Seok – Hangul typeface projects for commercial use

Paul Geum Ho Seok, founder of the Korean type foundry Sandoll, is sharing his experience and views on designing Hangul specifically with a commercial context in mind, showing some of their work for clients such as Microsoft, Samsung, Google and Apple as well as for their own library.

Round Table with previous Armenian GRANSHAN Winners

Hrant Papazian and Khajag Apelian are discussing Armenian type with previous GRANSHAN winners Hrachuhi Grigoryan, Marieta Arzumanyan, and Syuzi Hakobyan.

Khajag Apelian at GRANSHAN Conference 2017


Khajak Apelian, designer and educator, is talking us through his process of researching and designing an Armenian typeface – one that would be distinctly Armenian, yet contemporary.

Hrant Papazian at GRANSHAN Conference 2017


“Armenian people have two hearts – not always beating in sync. But two hearts is better than one.“ Hrant Papazian is speaking about Armenian typography, in Armenia and globally. Armenian typefaces look to the west, for diasporans it is the opposite.

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