Paul McNeil to speak at TypeCon:2016

August 10th, 2016

Typography in the Search for Perfect Language
4.10pm, Saturday, August 27

The history of the human endeavour to perfect language by means of design can be traced across many cultures, although most attempts to achieve it have been as quixotic as they are utopian.

In his talk at TypeCon 2016, Paul McNeil will look at the contribution of writing and typography to this quest. Centred on a survey of writing systems that are the product of conscious agency rather than cultural evolution, the talk will cover the many ways in which text has been configured to enhance expression in human communication while continuously adapting to technological changes. It will go on to outline more profound and ambitious interventions, ranging from radical orthographic and linguistic reform programmes to the wild frontier of asemic writing, where the requirement for text to act as a vehicle for language is completely abandoned.

The talk will conclude with an algorithmic framework for the formulation of text, illustrated by a number of speculative projects in the field by students from the MA Contemporary Typographic Media course at the London College of Communication.


London College of Communication

The Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1563)