Registers of Digital Writing – Hamburg

On June 1 and 2, 2017, the Symposium Register des Digitalen Schreibens: Soziolinguistische, schriftlinguistische und sprachdidaktische Perspektiven takes place at the University of Hamburg (chaired by Jannis Androutsopoulos and Florian Busch). The symposium investigates into graphic variation as a social practice, metapragmatic reflections on writing practices and script as well as into didactic implications of digital writing.

Of our group, J. Spitzmüller will talk about Ideological Inscriptions: Writing as a Means and Anchor Point of Social Positioning. Check out the full program here.

Typotage Leipzig: Script and Epistemology

On May 13, 2017, the Typotage Leipzig, an annual meeting of biblio- and typophiles, design and printing practitioners, and researchers, took place for the 23rd time at the Museum of the Printing Arts, Leipzig. The event was opened by a talk by Jost Hochuli on Jan Tschichold’s estate, archived in the Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen (CH) and partly exhibited in the Museum currently.

The conference furthermore included talks on the Contextualization of Typography (J. Spitzmüller), Music Notation (W. Wolff), an exhibition on Erasmus of Rotterdam (M. Henry), Bible Typography (M. Schlierbach), Handwriting in Schools (T.-D. Albert), the Cultural History of (German) Primers (L. Neuhafen) and experiments on New Forms of Digital Writing (T. Diezmann).

Read more in these (German) reports of the Slanted Magazine and of

Social Semiotics Special Issue: Typographic Landscaping

Out now: Social Semiotics 25/2 (2015), Special Issue: Typographic Landscaping: Creativity, Ideology, Movement. Guest Editors: Johan Järlehed and Adam Jaworski.


Editorial: Typographic landscaping: creativity, ideology, movement
Johan Järlehed & Adam Jaworski (pp. 117-125)

Research paper: Graphic variation and graphic ideologies: a metapragmatic approach
Jürgen Spitzmüller (pp. 126-141)

Research note: The Latino-ness of type: making design identities socially significant
Johana Londoño (pp. 142-150)

Visual essay: Between Frutigerization and tradition: diversity, standardization, and readability in contemporary typographic landscapes
Indra Kupferschmid (pp. 151-164)

Research paper: Ideological framing of vernacular type choices in the Galician and Basque semiotic landscape
Johan Järlehed (pp. 165-199)

Research note: The ideological appropriation of the letter <k> in the Spanish linguistic landscape
Francesco Screti (pp. 200-208)

Visual essay: Urban palimpsests and contending signs
Sydney J. Shep (pp. 209-216)

Research paper: Globalese: a new visual-linguistic register
Adam Jaworski (pp. 217-235)

Research note: Creativity in polyscriptal typographies in the linguistic landscape of Taipei
Melissa L. Curtin (pp. 236-243)

Research paper: Notes towards a semiotics of kinetic typography
Theo van Leeuwen & Emilia Djonov (pp. 244-253)