Conference diversity from an organiser’s perspective
Richard Rutter

I wish I could attend and will be following in the twitterverse. What I find of interest is speakers and designers from multilingual backgrounds. Languages such as Chinese, Arabic or Persian, to name a few, have a long and deep history of language, pattern, motifs and symbols which cut across boundaries of empire and culture. They often display common world forms some of which or could influence global design and contemporary typography.

I’m reminded of The Grammar of Ornament, a global and historical design sourcebook by London-born architect and designer Owen Jones (1809 — 1874) of which a cd-rom version was created with digitized vector files of many of the motifs and patterns. I’ve dug out the cd and need to see what gems I may re-discover before the history may be lost due to rapid changes in technology.