We acknowledge that every human
has biases, some of which are implicit. Promising to be objective is not
good enough: an equitable conference should commit to developing
transparent processes that ensure submissions are evaluated solely on
their merit and applicability.
To that end, the TypeWknd team has established a process we hope will minimize implicit bias as much as possible:
Organizers will invite members of the typographic community to join
them in reviewing and voting on each year’s submissions. Together, these
individuals shall represent a diverse and equitable range of
professional backgrounds, disciplines, and nationalities. At a minimum,
the team seeks to have reviewer representation from each of the
- Asia, East
- Asia, South
- Asia, Southeast
- Europe, West
- Europe, East
- Central America
- North America
- South America
Prior to review, each volunteer must affirm they have no knowledge of or connection to any submission.
In future years, as the conference
grows, the organizers seek to involve TypeWknd participants even more by
directly-sourcing reviewer nominations from the community.
Here is how our selection process works, in detail:
- All Typeform applications are sent to a dedicated and secure online repository.
repository is monitored by a single TypeWknd organizer, the Submissions
Manager, who abstains from content selection voting.
- After the call for speaker applications has ended, the manager
examines each application individually and removes all
- They combine the newly anonymized submissions into a PDF file. Each
submission is formatted identically in style (same font, same point
size, same leading) and placed on it’s own single page, without any
metadata. This aggregated PDF file is then provided directly and
securely to each content selection reviewer.
the applications have been anonymized, reviewers see only the session
title, abstract (description), and country-of-residence.*
have 10 days to assess and rank the submissions from 1-5, with 1 being
the lowest score possible, and 5 being the highest score possible.
Submissions are ranked according to how well they meet a 3-pillar
- Does this topic appeal to a global typographic audience?
- Does this topic provide value to attendees from a range of backgrounds and experience levels?
- Does this topic serve an under-invested community?
the event multiple talks on the same topic are proposed, reviewers may
also consider the country-of-residence of each applicant so that
conference programming reflects a worldwide audience and industry.
- Each reviewer returns their rankings to the manager, who then de-anonymizes and re-compiles applications with their rank.
highest-ranking submissions are tentatively scheduled into conference
programming according to the time zone of the presenter, and topic.
are contacted by the organizing team to notify them of their
application’s status. If selected, the presenter’s
availability at the scheduled day and time is also confirmed.
- Once all
presenters have been contacted, and all selected presenters have
confirmed their availability, the conference schedule is publicly