This wonderful video supports Art teaching in schools. “Art and cultural production is at the very centre of what community is… art is a reflection of our society and identity.” Some of the industries luminaries outline the overwhelmingly positive benefits of arts and cultural education on the lives of young people. “Art is the oxygen that makes all other subjects breathe”.
This is a fantastic and richly illustrated article. “Working with type is a lot more fun when you’re worrying less about rules and instead are constantly trying to form new connections with words. Treat every paragraph, line and letter as an opportunity to make your work better, and I promise you’ll have more fun with typography, and your work will be stronger as a result.”
Looking to treat yourself or a fellow typo-lover to something fun? PampaType just launched a new Online Store, where you can buy their beautiful printed specimen, as well as a brand new book on the fundementals of letterforms, (typographic, calligraphic, lettering). And a epic new range of typographic Tees!
Bundle font deals can provide amazing value - lots of foundries and independents offer packages, these often fall into the too-good-to resist category. When you can pick up 39 Fonts (and a bunch of graphic packs) for just $29 its even if there is just one you love you can be confident you are getting great value for that single font with a while lot of extras thrown in for free.
Trieste-born Astrid Stavro is a multifaceted designer and co-founder of design studio Atlas, working across wayfinding to identity designs, although she’s always had a consistent eye on print. The daughter of a longstanding line of book publishers, Astrid grew up with graphic design not as a career option but more as a toy, explaining how letterpress blocks were her legos.
Design Assembly’s Lana Lopesi profiles the work of self-professed “margin-dwelling graphic designer” Katie Kerr. Who in addition to her commercial design work, has sco-founded the independent publishing house GLORIA. A research led- concern born from a desire to experiment with the full arch of book-making.
In this hands-on Workshop with Hazel Gale & Sarah Hyndman (TypeTasting) you’ll develop your communication skills, creativity, lateral thinking, empathy and self-command in a workshop designed to give you highly effective strategies to make progress in your life and career. Saturday 17th November, Full details and bookings here
Never not creative supports our industries wellbeing, builds our confidence and collective understanding, while encouraging us to be gentle with ourselves. This incredible platform and has a swanky new site and you should check it out! I have an anxiety disorder and after a particularly bad episode of burnout (which I dance with regularly) was diagnosed with OCD, so I think the NNC intiative is hugely valuable, and am very grateful for their efforts.
The OGP Wayzgoose is fast approaching (the same weekend as Hamilton’s!) Saturday 3 November 2018 10am – 5pm at
Oxford Brookes University, Gipsy Lane, Headington, Oxford OX3 0BP. Id love to attend one day but for those of you in the UK (or close enough to check the event out) the line up is fabulous with some of my favourite UK printers; The Carpathian Press, Hand & Eye Letterpress, Incline Press, Paekakariki Press, Red Plate Press, Semple Press, The Whittington Press and more
Craig Mod is a writer and designer based in Japan, in this beautifully thoughtful narrative on the importance of margins and whites space in book design. “A book with proper margins says a number of things. It says, we care about the page. It says, we care about the words. We care so much that we’re going to ensure the words and the page fall into harmony. We’re not going to squish the text to save money. Oh, no, we will not rush and tuck words too far into the gutter.”
Yoobee School of Design Christchurch presents a weekend Workshop from Internationally renowned Australian Typographer Wayne Thompson. Over the 2 days participants will practice ‘Hand Lettering’ both days using conventional drawing exploration and design of a piece of customised hand lettering. An Evening Lecture on the Sat from 5-7pm will be included – Subject – Font Licensing Copyright.
Steven Heller talks to Oliver Jeffers (one of my favourite illustrators letterers and book typographers) about his career, process and new monograph “Oliver Jeffers: The Working Mind & Drawing Hand.” The book gives readers an unprecedented and intimate window into his creative process, weaving his popular works with never-before-seen art, the story of his love of books and bookmaking. The Heller interview is super insightful too.
There is a real joy in creating something unexpected from a simple idea. That notion is echoed throughout issue five, be it an Argentinian artist bringing together a series of small printed pieces to create a breathtaking letterpress sculpture, or printmakers using overheard phrases as a jumping off point to create imagined worlds and bold poster prints.
As typographers we understand the principle that challenging reading (where the reader has to slow and concentrate) can help aid retention (albeit frustrate the reader!) Melbourne-based RMIT University’s behavioural business lab and design school used this thinking as a basis for “Sans Forgetica”, which they say uses psychological and design theories to aid memory and learning
Martin Venezky is an artist, designer, photographer, and educator. In his practice, he tells stories by combining and recontextualizing images and objects found in the world to create new worlds. His process reveals a lot about his own story too — one of imperfection, surprise, and patience. Learn more at Letterform Archive
A new project initiated by Designers Speak (Up) organised by Katie Kerr, Alice Connew and Catherine Griffiths. The Directory of Women Designers aims to establish a perpetual index of all Aotearoa New Zealand female identifying designers, of all diversities — social, cultural, ethnic. Get involved here
A music icon, a place, an identity, a typeface and an artist come together to share and create new memories.
The publishers will correctly tell you, this book has a broader reach than type design professionals, and that it is a must-read for students and professionals alike. My thinking is this is a book I wish was written sooner - but I am grateful exists now. Whether you're an art director, graphic designer, calligrapher, historian, print enthusiast or harbour any curiosity for the mechanics of visual language this book is essential reading.
Jordi Embodas and Maria Ramos, (Nomada's designers) pitch this family of intimately linked styles as an exploration through type history and geographies… Although it could equally be viewed as a journey through time.
Thanks to Fresh Fonts for the heads up on Grilli Type’s Specimen book, covering 9 years of Grilli Type releases. Playful and witty design, this 120 page, Offset-printed (2 fluorescent inks) document is a fantastic showcase of the independent Swiss foundry’s catalogue.
Publishing is often an exciting 'passion project' for designers and so unsurprisingly rarely gets the budget it needs making it a very expensive, long and at times painful process if the planning hasn't be done right. This Auckland based workshop is designed to help anyone who would like to dive deeper into the publishing world and avoid unnecessary pain.
When Kat Loudon graduated from the Glasgow School of Art, she made the decision to give the whole relocating to London thing a miss. The studio she co-founded, Design by Zag, remains a Glaswegian concern, merging meticulous research with imaginative thinking to create projects that are as meaningful as they are considered.
A short documentary on the work and life of San Francisco designer, Martin Venezky. I loved hearing his take on assembly and collision of objects in compositions. Super interesting!
Design's most prolific writer Steven Heller shares why writing matters and what designers need to know. Presented in collaboration with AIGA, the professional association for design, this 30-minute class will help you bring clear, creative communication into every project. Check out the class and get 2 months of skillshare premium for free.
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