The conference began life in 2011, and has now expanded to host an exhibition of typefaces created by students.
Work will be on show from students from design schools around the world, the only stipulation being the designs must have been created within the last two academic years. More than 100 entries from 35 different countries will be on show.
‘This inclusiveness means that students have submitted work created for varying purposes and from different perspectives’, say organisers. ‘As such, the exhibition is intended as a panorama of typographic education, showcasing the diverse interpretations of what it means to design a typeface, and hopefully enabling cross-pollination of influences among upcoming type designers.’
The conference side of Ampersand will present a number of talks that look to ‘untangle all the practical details of web typography’, with speakers sharing their expertise on typeface design, responsive layout, typesetting, icon fonts, performance and optimisation, and front-end development.
This year’s conference will see Erik Spiekermann deliver the keynote address, and other speakers include Mark Boulton, Gerry Leonidas, Ben Terrett and Chris Heathcote, Kutlu Çanlıoğlu, Nina Stössinger, Andy Hume, Jenn Lukas and Christian Schwartz.
Ampersand 2013 takes place on 28 June at Brighton’s Corn Exchange, Brighton Dome, 12A Pavilion Parade, Brighton and Hove, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 See www.ampersandconf.com for booking details.