As my first conference I was quite nervous about, you know, that most basic of conference activities - talking to people I don't know. To that end I'm eternally grateful to my conference buddy and Instagram-friend-turned-IRL-friend Lindsey Charles! We're both actually based in South Carolina but met for the first time in NYC at Typographics! It was great to have someone even just to sit next to that was a familiar face.
The structure of Typographics was really great. It has a formal schedule of talks at a huge hall with presentations, and also an informal schedule of chats/ workshops/ hangouts called TypeLab. I loved it all! Highlights were (in no particular order) Fried Eggs & Flourishes: American Advertising Lettering of the Mid-20th Century by Ken Barber, the LetterMaker Stencil workshop by Kelcey Towell, John Downer's sign painting demos, Developing Type & Image for Poster Design by Annik Troxler, and iLetter: Using Your iPhone and iPad for sketching Calligraphic Letterforms by Charles & Thorn.
Probably one of the coolest things was getting up the courage to introduce myself to Nina Stössinger and giving her a Lucky No. 7 pin. She was so kind and welcoming and immediately put on the pin! AND THEN she talked to Kris Sowersby who wanted one, so she messaged me on Twitter to find him, and I was able to give him one and he WORE IT IN HIS TALK! He was also hilarious and just awesome in general. AND THEN my Alphabettes mentor Victoria Rushton wore hers as well during a spotlight! I'm pretty sure this all means that my first conference was a success :)