Decode Unicode!

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Date: Fri Sep 24 2004 - 12:05:23 CDT

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    Here's the abstract for one of the presentations at ATypI next week.
    Will this be the every-character-has-a-story repository we've always
    wished for?


    Decode Unicode!

    A typographic database

    Johannes Bergerhausen

    Friday 1 October | 14:15 - 15:00
    Location: A-2 (Archa Hall 2)
    Presentation | Theme: Typographic Babylon | Duration: 45 minutes

    After the DNA, the ASCII-Code is the most successful code on this
    planet. The Unicode will even be better. Now is the right time to gather
    and explain the meaning, history and correct typographic use of each
    Unicode-Caracter. Who invented the full stop? When did the Infinity-Sign
    come into being? What's an Ogonek? In an 18-month project in the
    department of Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz,
    Germany, we are collecting images, samples and texts about each and
    every sign in the Code. In the near future, the project will be opened
    for anyone to submit their own material. In his lecture,
    Prof. Bergerhausen will give an introduction to code-history from ASCII
    to Unicode and will present the project that is supported by the Germany
    Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

    Speaker details

    Johannes Bergerhausen =
    ersonid=3D1130> Professor Fachhochschule Mainz | Germany

    Prof. Johannes Bergerhausen, born 1965 in Bonn, Germany, studied Visual
    Communication at the University of Applied Sciences in Dusseldorf. From
    1993 to 2000, he lived and worked in Paris. First he collaborated with
    the Founders of Grapus, G=E9rard Paris-Clavel and Pierre Bernard, then
    he founded his own office. In 1998 he was awarded a grant from the
    French Centre National des Arts Plastiques for a typographic research
    project on the ASCII-Code. Lectures in Amiens, Paris, Rotterdam, Warsaw,
    Weimar. He returned to Germany in 2000, since 2002 he is Professor of
    Typography at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz. In 2003,
    together with Paris-Clavel, he published the font LeBuro at ACME Fonts,


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