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tgm: we care about typography!

The Typographische Gesellschaft München e.V. (tgm: Typographic Society Munich, Germany) initiates dialogue and promotes education regarding quality in the communications industry. The tgm offers a wide range of training courses, an annual lecture series, conferences, and exhibitions. In addition, the tgm arranges a variety of other activities, study tours, and excursions, such as workshop visits and tours of local typographic highlights. Founded in 1890 by typesetters and printers, the organisation is today Europe’s largest society of lovers of typography. The tgm sees itself as an excellent platform for promoting interdisciplinary thought and action: the interplay between content and form, image and text, tradition and innovation, between design and technology. Everything we produce is the result of the collective effort of the people and organisations who devote their energy and resources to the tgm.

Our activities and programmes offered are therefore also an expression of the industries’ ability to work in solidarity. The tgm is devoted to typography, and in turn to the culture of communication. Our special focus lies on promoting the diversity of written languages. We pursue this aim through a wide array of avenues. Everything we produce is the result of the collective effort of the people and organisations who devote their energy and resources to the tgm. Our activities and programmes offered are therefore also an expression of the industries’ ability to work in solidarity. The tgm is devoted to typography, and in turn to the culture of communication. Our special focus lies on promoting the diversity of written languages. We pursue this aim through a wide array of avenues.

www.tgm-online.de

GRANSHAN: IDEA & HISTORY

In 2008 the Armenian Ministry of Culture founded the GRANSHAN Font Competition. When the tgm visited Armenia in 2009 a new corporation was born: since 2010 both institutions organize the font contest successfully together. Every year the winning entries of the competition are documented and international presented in an exhibition (e.g. in Alexandria, Moscow, Munich, St. Petersburg).

In 2012 the first GRANSHAN conference took place in Yerevan (UNESCO World Book Capital 2012) with guests and speakers from all over the world. This conference was focused on the technical challenges by the integration of Non-Latin Typefaces – and on Script Systems like Cyrillic, Greek, Arabic, Indian and of course Armenian.
In Armenian the word for script is Granshan – the origin Idea for the GRANSHAN competition comes from Edik Ghabuzyan, who is the leading Armenian font designer. Together with Boris Kochan he is chairman of the Font Competition and the conceptional force behind the competition and help to coordinate the conferences.

If you want to know more about GRANSHAN Competition go to www.granshan.org

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