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.
Ever since 2010, The Print Project "has been raising hell and the dead with its distinctive high quality letterpress printing from its base in the small northern town of Shipley. From posters that will poke you in the eye to finely crafted pieces of print that will knock your teeth out, the Yorkshire based outfit exclusively uses 500 year old printing technology killed off by commercial interests and given the kiss of life by our resident print maniacs" notes the website of TPP.
In awe of the powerful work included in the Present Tense: Wāhine Toi Aotearoa initiative, my submission was 'Reform Required’ calling for us to all do better, & to stop placing people in rigid silos of gender, faith and ethnicity to create space for everyone to succeed.
View online or RAMP Gallery, Kirikiriroa, April 30 – May 24, 2019
Thanks to Catherine Griffiths, Alice Connew & Katie Kerr for their sweat equity and intelligence propelling #designersspeak(up)
One of my favourite designers Luke Tonge talks about the freelancing life, helping others and co-founding Birmingham Design Festival. He is an inspiration, lovely dude and has abundant creative energy… this interview is a fantastic insight to how he does so much - so well, and what to expect from the 2019 Brumfest line up.
Birmingham Design Festival returns with programme of inspiring speakers from around the design world all speaking about Truth. Festival Coordinator Luke Tonge said, "In an age which has seen truth questioned and deception utilised in many areas, we’re more passionate than ever about truth… About finding honest insights and sharing them, about confronting difficult subjects head-on, and shining a light on topics which might be uncomfortable. We hope by setting truth as our central theme for BDF2019 we’ll be playing a small part in helping our corner of the creative industries become more transparent, helpful and genuine – a responsibility we all feel."
Graphic designers and type designers need each other (aww!). Our relationship is a powerful force that shapes the typographic landscape. And yet, we never get together. It’s time we talked. Join Elizabeth Carey Smith, June Shin, Lisa Smith, Nina Stössinger, and YuJune Park on March 27th where we’ll be catching up and shedding light on our unique and collaborative process. The speakers will be giving a brief presentation of their creative processes, and will gather around for a panel discussion.
“Letterpress printing involved complex, arcane processes; what used to be a commonplace means of communication is now both craft and art. It is celebrated for what makes it different from today’s digital defaults. The way wood and metal type has to be set and printed presents designer, compositor and printer – now often the same person – with limitations that can also be seen as freedoms.”
Radical ideas for winning customers and making money in a crowded marketplace. Jess McCarty shares a simple way for type designers and font developers to dramatically increase revenue and market reach, all without spending a penny on advertising, marketing or gimmicks. This talk will explain what the most successful techniques for typographic prosperity “look” like in theory and practice.
The Italian influences on American culture are far-reaching and well-documented. Yet, with a few exceptions of some key figures chronicled in Italian and American graphic design histories, the work by Italian graphic designers published in America is less well known. An exhibition curated by Patricia Belen, Greg D'Onofrio, Melania Gazzotti. The exhibition opens Thurs, March 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York