ECAL - Master in Type Design


Enjoying international renown and featuring regularly among the world’s top ten universities of art and design (ranked 5th in the Dezeen Hot List 2016), ECAL is directed by Alexis Georgacopoulos. The school currently offers six Bachelor programmes (Fine Arts, Cinema, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Media & Interaction Design, Photography), five Master programmes (Fine Arts, Film, Photography, Product Design, Type Design) and two Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship and in Design Research for Digital Innovation (with EPFL+ECAL Lab). ECAL also offers a one-year Foundation Course to prepare students for entrance to the different Bachelor’s programmes.

Grève Générale

At the end of the 19th century, the Introduction of Linotype machines drastically changed the landscape of typesetting. During this transition, strikes played a major role in the relations between employers and trade unions. In 2017, a workshop has been organised by the new Master in Type Design at ECAL, Lausanne. “A new machine promising to automate type designer’s job. No one being  really sure about its purpose, students prepare a strike in opposition. In a weird twist, it is decided to use the new machine to produce the protest signs.” This talk introduces the workshop, its aims and process, to understand the results, visible in the form of a demonstration in the Get-Together space of the Conference.

Presented by Matthieu Cortat, Head of Master Type Design, the interaction designer Thibault Brevet and their students.

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