Sam Roberts is the driving force behind Better Letters, one of my favourite type workshop/events providers. He is an authority on hand-painted lettering. Not just contemporary work, Sam knows the ghost signs of London intimately after researching the cities fading painted signage remnants for the last 14 years. Ahead of the upcoming Taupo Letterheads event, I caught up with Sam to learn more about his journey, passions and collaborations.
In this class Martina Flor, lettering artist and designer, will share her secrets to successfully digitising a lettering piece to achieve expressive designs. Vector drawings can help you achieve a greater control on the shapes of your lettering. Also, the nature of a commercial project often requires the scalability that a digital drawing provides. If you want to get all nerdy working on your curves and adding visual depth to your designs, this class is for you!
The latest edition of Jen Farrell (aka Starshaped press)’s weekend Printer encourages us all not to be complacent with arbitrary values (& trying to speed up an inherently slow process). “I know it’s fun to throw a bunch of big, juicy wood type on a Vandercook, slap some magnets down and go to town with it. I am often asked how I turn out a lot of work in a short period of time and it’s because I DON’T do that. What seems like the fast way is anything but, and if you want to learn a few tips to do it right, read on.”
Letterform Archive is a living collection which aims to tell the continuing story of design. This selection of diagrams, illustrations, models, and methods used to teach people how to make letters can be as engaging as the resulting letters themselves, unearths just a few items from the hundreds of instructional works at the Archive.
I always love seeing the diverse quality produced by the TypeMedia graduates. Their class of 2018 microsite is live and it does’nt dissapoint with loads of terrific typefaces on offer. My favourite (although it was tricky to choose!) is Zrinka Buljubašić’s Dalma which is a “reinterpretation of contradictory movements of the sea such as static and dynamic, sturdy and delicate, elegant and raw, wild and calm”
An 81 year old artisan printer is seeking an heir to inherit his business in an effort to revive the fortunes of the letterpress printing trade after his children decided to pursue different careers. Stanley Lane has worked as a ‘monotype’ hand printer for over 60 years, producing meticulously crafted books from Gloucester Typesetting workshop in Stroud to a select group of publishers.
Type designer and lecturer Barry Spencer has put together his first solo exhibition focusing on his unique, experimental and speculative approach to design and typographic practice called Type. Grid. Play. which will run from 03–28 June 2019 at LCI Melbourne.
I think the Better Letters events are phenomenal and am so excited to see they are selling the Mike Meyer’s workshop resources as merch. The poster series is fantastic but I am most excited by this A5 booklet showing stroke sequence and spacing for a variety of sign painting styles. The 12-page booklet contains: Block (upper and lower case); Thick & Thin; Casual; Slanted Casual; Script (upper and lower case). It also includes reference pages for spacing, shadows and convex bevels.
Tasman‘s shape grammar has gravity and power that speaks to truth, reliability or perhaps more aptly trustworthiness. These are fundamental qualities in the delivery of information in an "alternative fact" age.