‘Ours’ by Oli Frape

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‘Ours’ by Oli Frape

Oli Frape is a hand-letterer and illustrator based in London. Hand-drawn type is the primary focus of his practice and is integral to his overall style and approach. His piece for Type Tasting is a combination of hand-drawn and painted.

NEWSFLASH: Frape will be documenting the Type Tasting workshop day live in hand-drawn lettering at the V&A on Saturday 14th September.

He explains that the inspiration behind ‘Ours’ is “something to do with the collective nature of this project, the diversity of London and about ownership of a thing that can never be owned —in spite of how much we emotionally spend and invest in it. Visually the start point was actually the river Thames snaking its way across London but I wanted that reference to remain subtle. The lettering within the letters similarly was an offshoot from the idea of road markings and directions within the city.”


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Oli Frape produces copy-led images that are bold, colourful and feature a narrative that is his own. His work has been used by a variety of advertising, editorial and publishing clients including Nokia, Virgin, The Guardian, RSA, British Heart Foundation and Tate and Lyle. Check out his website or follow him on Twitter.


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Above: RSA journal, Guardian Sustainable Business Poster, Personal work

‘Ours’ by Oli Frape is one of the words that will be displayed at Type Tasting with the London Design Festival 2013 at the V&A.

Display: 14 – 19 September 2013
Drop in workshops: 10am – 5pm, 14 & 15 September 2013

London Design Festival Hub
Design Studio, Sackler Centre
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL

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Type Tasting workshops and type safaris. Typography training with a creative twist.