Signs of the times


Friday, 20 May: TypeTech MeetUp 2.0
Saturday, 21 May: Conference and Award Ceremony
Munich, Literaturhaus and Live-stream

Give voice to type …

Letters surround us, and permeate our identities. The richness of typographic forms reflects the diversity of our histories: type brings us together, and gives depth and nuance to what distinguishes us. Type bridges past and future, geographical spaces and cultural domains, like no other element of our culture.

The GRANSHAN Two-Day-Hybrid-Conference under the title Signs of the times explores the big and small questions that concern the typographic community and type users alike – daily matters and global concerns.

On Friday, the 2nd edition of our TypeTech MeetUp (TTM) will again discuss and document the current state of font technology, and be a platform for the exchange of best practices and innovative developments. TTM sessions advance the state of the art and promote the integration of font technologies into the future of digital communication. The MeetUp will explore topics such as the power of variable and colour fonts, blockchain technology, web typography in multiscript domains, legibility & technology and more.

On Saturday, our venue Literaturhaus will become a lab for future forms of international and intercultural communication & collaboration. A place where we examine script and typography as an essential basis for international exchange as well as a force for identification. Only those who are visible and recognizable can enter into an open dialogue. Thematic sessions touch on topics such as multiscript design, endangered scripts/alphabets, and type as a cultural asset and identification anchor.

We welcome the direct interaction of designers and font engineers, web designers and developers, industry experts and tech & business professionals in a relaxed and inspiring atmosphere. Signs of the times is a conference for all makers and users of type who appreciate the cultural and intellectual importance of our field. For those who see the future expressed in typographic multitudes.

During Saturday, the winners and their projects of the 12th GRANSHAN Type Design Competition 2021–2022 will be celebrated. With big words, small appetizers and some music…

The conference language is English – if there are talks in another language, they will be translated consecutively into English.


The line-up of speakers consists of a fine selection of specially invited guests, the GRANSHAN competition Script Chairs and some winners of the 12th GRANSHAN Type Design Competition 2021/2022.
Both Conference days will be moderated by Veronika Burian and Oliver Linke. Gerry Leonidas will take care of the stage discussions.


The line-up of speakers consists of a fine selection of specially invited guests, the GRANSHAN competition Script Chairs and some winners of the 12th GRANSHAN Type Design Competition 2021/2022.
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Join us online from anywhere or locally in Munich in-person: The GRANSHAN Two-Day-Hybrid-Conference will take place in the Munich Literaturhaus – easily accessible from everywhere, located in the heart of the city at Salvatorplatz 1. The excellently equipped conference rooms on the 3rd floor offer a wonderful panoramic view, for example, of the famous Theatinerkirche. The Brasserie Oskar Maria, which is also responsible for the catering of our conference, is located on the ground floor.

Literaturhaus München
Salvatorplatz 1
80333 München

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Fees include coffee, tea and water. In addition, small snacks will be offered during the breaks and a small flying buffet during the get-together on Saturday evening. Our sponsor TypeTogether will provide the first glass of Spumante – we ask for your understanding that additional alcoholic beverages must be paid for.

For the purchase of tickets for full-time students and trainees, please send us a corresponding proof (certificate of enrolment, student ID or similar) at the same time as the online registration by email. In the case of a ticket exchange between students, the student ID of the new participant must also be sent to us in advance by email.

Purchased tickets cannot be canceled, but are transferable. Please let us know in advance. In case of no-show to the conference, there is no right for refund of the ticket fee or transfer.  In case of cancellation of the GRANSHAN Two-Day-Hybrid-Conference, the paid ticket price will be refunded, or the ticket will be transferred to next year. Further claims are excluded.

The Corona regulations of the City of Munich valid at the time of GRANSHAN Two-Day-Hybrid-Conference apply without exception to admission as well as to the stay during the conference. Due to the hygiene concept, the number of possible participants has been reduced. We ask for your understanding if there are any delays, e.g. due to the complex admission control.


GRANSHAN Two-Day-Hybrid-Conference is a non-profit conference. We want to thank our sponsors, especially Google, who generously helped to bring GRANSHAN Signs of the times to life. Without them and the support of our other partners, this event would not have been possible.

Host & Partners

The GRANSHAN Conferences and the TypeTech MeetUps are organized by the non-profit and NGO-organization GRANSHAN Foundation e.V.. In association with bayern design and supported by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy.
The GRANSHAN Foundation emerged in 2016 from the international GRANSHAN project. It was initiated in 2010 jointly by the Armenian Ministry of Culture and the Typographische Gesellschaft München e.V. (tgm) in 2010. – with a focus on typeface competitions, conferences, exhibitions, and publications.
Partners continue to be the Typographische Gesellschaft München and the Armenian Ministry of Culture, but also for many years the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading, the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) and the Goethe-Institut.
For each event of the GRANSHAN Foundation e.V., cooperation partners are recruited, some of whom have been committedly supporting the GRANSHAN idea for many years.