Face/Interface: Type Design and Human-Computer Interaction Beyond the Western World

40 years ago, Turing Award winning computer scientist Donald Knuth teamed up with MacArthur Fellow type designer Chuck Bigelow to convene “The Computer and the Hand in Type Design,” an ATypI-sponsored conference that formed part of one the world’s earliest digital typography graduate programs.

In recognition of this momentous anniversary in both Stanford and design history, and building upon the success of the 2017 Face/Interface gathering, we are delighted to announce a second international conference bringing together scholars, designers, engineers, and technologists to explore Non-Latin type design, book design, interface design, and human-computer interaction in and beyond the Latin alphabetic world.

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Face/Interface will take place December 1-2, 2023 at Stanford University.


Scholars, Designers, Artists, Engineers, and Technologists working in all disciplines and time periods are welcome to apply. We are particularly eager to identify early-career candidates. All ranks are eligible and encouraged to apply, however.


The deadline for applications is July 1, 2023. You can find the application form here: https://forms.gle/VRLL6sEFYMCjCnUR6

Application components include a:

I. Cover letter summarizing applicant’s field of study, research, and/or design practice in connection with the themes of the conference

II. Proposed Title + 250-word Abstract of Proposed Conference Paper

III. CV (3-page)

IV. Two references including contact information (please do NOT request or provide letters of recommendation – but references may be contacted as part of application review process)


A limited number of partial travel stipends will be offered to help offset cost of travel to Stanford. Greatest support will be provided to early-career individuals.