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2014 Conference dates announced


The 2014 American Typecasting Fellowship Conference will be held at The Museum of Printing in North Andover, Massachusetts. The conference will run August 13-17, with the Holiday Inn at Salem, NH, as “headquarters.”

Visit The Museum of Printing for details and registration.

Final conference logistics


The ATF Conference is only a few days away, and we’re really excited to have you all gathered here in Portland! We hope the presentations, social events, technical sessions & general fellowship will be inspiring.

In addition, we will be holding two public events which involve local craftspeople: The screening of Linotype: The Film, which will be held Thursday evening at one of our institutions, the McMenamin’s Kennedy School, and also the Friday night social at the C.C. Stern Type Foundry. In both cases, we will be joined for meet & greet style events by area practitioners of the trade, line casters on Thursday night and commercial monotype casters & printers on Friday night. Brandon Goodwin, one of the Linotype: The Film creators, will be in attendance Thursday evening for Q&A.

Here are a few logistics as you make your way to Portland:

Transportation Upon Arrival
Red Lion Hotel Shuttle : Call the hotel when you land at the airport and they’ll tell you when and where to meet the next shuttle. Their number is 503-283-4466.

Light Rail : The MAX does not go directly to the Red Lion Hotel from the airport. However if you are not staying at the Red Lion, it’s possible to take the MAX light rail downtown, to airport area hotels or to the convention center area directly from the airport for less than $3. Trains leave from the lower level of the airport and are well marked.

Taxi : Taxis are available from the lower level of the airport or from the Union Station Train Depot. You do not need to call a taxi, they will queue and wait for passengers.

Hotel Hospitality Room & Registration
The ATF Hospitality Room is Presidential Suite #206. Please join us from 6-9pm on Wednesday to pick up your Welcome Kits and socialize. If you miss us Wednesday night, join us Thursday morning as early as 8am at the Timberline Rooms on the lower level. We’ll have your Welcome Kits to go with coffee & continental breakfast.

We had recommended that you produce up to 70 keepsakes. As of today, we have 54 registrants, so if you are able to bring or send 60 pieces that will suffice. If you need to send these or any other last minute items, ship to Stumptown Printers/2293 N Interstate Ave/Portland, OR 97227. Please ship them to arrive by Wednesday, August 15th. We will bring all items to the Hospitality Room at the Red Lion for pick up or for dissemination.

If you have any additional questions, you can reach us through the contact form on this site.

We’re excited to see you and hear about what everyone has been up to since we last met two years ago!

The C.C. Stern Type Foundry
(Brian, Chris, Connie, Jeff, Joe & Rebecca)

Linecaster Technical Session is full


Both the Linecaster and Monotype Caster technical sessions are now full.

There are still two slots available for the Monotype Keyboard session. Register soon!

Technical Sessions are nearly full


If you are still planning to sign up for a technical session, please do so quickly! These sessions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Only one slot remains for the “Linecaster” session. Two spots remain for the “Monotype keyboard” session.

Screening of Linotype: The Film


We are pleased to announce that the C.C. Stern Type Foundry has organized a screening of Linotype: The Film in conjunction with the ATF Conference. This function will be the social event for Thursday evening, and the ticket to the film is included in all general session and guest registrations for the conference. The screening will be held at the McMenamins Kennedy School Theater. A “Meet & Greet” in the Kennedy School Library with Linotype operators and printers will be held at 6 p.m., followed by the film screening at 7 p.m. The filmmaker, Doug Wilson, will be in attendance, and time will be available for Q&A after the screening.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the Kennedy School Theater and Library, and will help offset the costs of the event. The screening is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council. (Thanks, RACC!)

Tickets will also be available to the public for $10, so if you know Portland locals who aren’t attending the conference, but would be interested in seeing the film, please spread the word.

Flicker Photo Pool


A shout-out of thanks to Nick Sherman for setting up a group photo pool on Flicker for the Fellowship. Please feel free to use this site to share your photos of the conference. See you in August!

Agenda of conference sessions


We’ve begun posting our confirmed presentations for the general session. It’s an exciting line-up and we’re looking forward to hearing stories from the past two years. There is still time to send us presentation proposals. Please use the online form to send us your abstract.

Student scholarship opportunity


Buzzworm Studios is offering a scholarship for one student under 30 who is currently enrolled in a college degree or trade school program. The $175 scholarship will cover admission to the conference general session from August 16-18, 2012.

To apply, contact Buzzworm Studios and tell them who you are, what you are studying, and what interests you about the physical aspects of typography and spending time with the type casting community. Winners will be chosen based on need and commitment to the future of the art and industry of the cast letterform. The deadline for applying is June 30. Winners will be notified the following week by Buzzworm Studios.

Monotype caster technical session is full


The Monotype Caster technical session on April 19-20 is now full. Spaces are still available for the Monotype Keyboard and Linecaster technical sessions, but please register soon to ensure you reserve a space in your session of choice.


Update on technical sessions


We’ve updated the technical session choices for the 2012 conference. Rather than offering separate Linotype and Ludlow sessions, we will be offering a “Linecaster Maintenance and Operations” session that will include work with both the Linotype and the Ludlow. We can offer up to two 8-person sessions of this course.

There’s still availability for all of the technical sessions, so if you haven’t registered yet, sign up before May 1 to get the early bird rate. And please tell your friends…

2012 Conference – Registration and call for presentations


We are happy to announce that registration for the American Typecasting Fellowship 2012 Conference is now open! Register early to get discounts and reserve your space in one of our limited-enrollment technical sessions.

We have also opened a call for presentations. If you have a presentation topic you’d like to discuss, or expertise on one of the proposed topics listed in our general sessions page, please let us know. We’re opening the call through April 2, 2012 and will contact presenters around May 1.

We look forward to many great conversations!

ATF 2012 – Dates Announced!


The American Typecasting Fellowship’s 2012 Conference will be held August 16-20 in Portland, Oregon. The conference, which will be hosted by the C.C. Stern Type Foundry, will take place at the Red Lion on the River and at the Type Foundry’s museum space in Northeast Portland.

The general sessions will be held August 16-18, with a swap meet, auction and banquet held on Saturday, August 18. Technical sessions will be held August 19-20.

Registration will open in early 2012.