Being down under has its pluses and minuses. I am super grateful for all the sunshine, the glorious beaches and the amazing creative community we have down here in Australia and New Zealand.

But one of the biggest 'red marks' is distance from all the cool stuff that goes on in the northern hemisphere. If I hopped on a plane each time I got excited about a type event happening in the UK I would likely spend more time in transit through Dubai airport than I would at the above mentioned beaches!

So in the absence of abundant time and cash to travel the globe - Twitter has become my go-to channel for getting involved with typography and design events in other countries... often as voyeur following hashtags from conferences, exhibitions and presentations - but occasionally as a more active participant - as is the case of The Design Museums #Fontsunday. (A fantastic excuse to stay up late on a Sunday night with a glass of wine perving on fonts!)

Twitter is also an excellent tool to connect with an awesome community of like minded type and print enthusiasts - one of those people I enthusiastically follow on twitter is James Robinson from Studio Sparrowhill - so when I heard James was co-hosting a #fontSunday on #stencils I was super keen to get involved (so much so I accidentally started posting early!).

Stencils are an area of type that really fascinate me - I think in part because they are constructed from repeatable modules (and often play with geometry and orientation). It was a great evening! I encourage you to get involved in these type community initiatives... check out some of the TypoTreasure shared via Studio Sparrowhills curated pinterest gallery of the event here. And/Or see some of my posts (and Retweets) below.

Thumbnail photo above via #FONTSUNDAY #STENCILS@BenAtkinsDesign

  Recycled and Repurposed #stencils at my front door for @studio_sparrowh @DesignMuseum #FontSunday photo by @orionzg

 

Recycled and Repurposed #stencils at my front door for @studio_sparrowh @DesignMuseum #FontSunday photo by @orionzg

@commercialtype ’s Dela Floda and Dela Moa are two of my favourite #stencils #FontSunday such elegant forms!

@commercialtype ’s Dela Floda and Dela Moa are two of my favourite #stencils #FontSunday such elegant forms!

Bery Tuscan Designed by Fred Smeijers. #ornate #stencils #fontsunday

Bery Tuscan Designed by Fred Smeijers. #ornate #stencils #fontsunday

I love type that encourages you to get hands on! These new tripper #stencils by @underware are awesome #FontSunday

I love type that encourages you to get hands on! These new tripper #stencils by @underware are awesome #FontSunday

  Cut out #stencil shadow play submission for #TypographJournal Vol03 FreshBet feature by Calle Carrion #FontSunday

 

Cut out #stencil shadow play submission for #TypographJournal Vol03 FreshBet feature by Calle Carrion #FontSunday

nicole a phillips Retweeted Daniela Bassi ‏@abcd_dani Nov 8

Would police arrest someone for spraying invisible paint on public surface?by @alienate #FontSunday @studio_sparrowh

 

P.s. twitter is also for binging on bizarre social experiments - did anyone see #survivalbillboard last week?! Thanks Vince Frost for the heads up - I was totally hooked.