Top 6 type & lettering events at the London Design Festival

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The London Design Festival guide is out, time to pick the events you’d like to go to. Plan your festival well in advance as there is so much to do and the venues are spread across London. The Type Tasting sessions of interactive games and demonstrations with type will take place at the V&A on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September from 1-4pm each day. These are free to come along to and all are welcome, they’re not just for designers.

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This is the Type Tasting top 6 type/lettering events at the London Design Festival 2015
1. Type Tasting games and demos at the V&A (of course we think we’re number 1!)
2. Extravaganza of signpainting old and new in Southwark
3. Watch the art of calligraphy live with Paul Antonio at the V&A
4. Search for and create letterforms at the Lively Letters workshop at the V&A
5. Dia Batal uses the art of Arabic calligraphy to transform text into objects in Earls Court
6. Accept & Proceed launch new typeface Framework in Haggerston

There is a walking tour of faded painted signs in Bankside with Sam ‘Ghostsigns’ Roberts. He is also screening a double bill of the Signpainters movie and 21st Century Victorian which is a film about fairground sign writer Joby Carter. You can learn the craft of signpainting with the charismatic Mike Meyer, a true legend in the signpainting world.

Talented and knowledgeable calligrapher Paul Antonio will be giving a large-scale demonstration of historic and contemporary calligraphy live at the V&A. Allow plenty of time as you will find it mesmerising to watch him at work.

Search the V&A for unusual letters and fonts then create your own monogram at the Lively Letters drop in workshop. Visit spatial designer Dia Batal’s exhibition which uses the art of Arabic calligraphy to transform text into objects at the Mosaic Rooms near Earls Court. Design studio Accept & Proceed are launching their new four-weight typeface Framework at their Haggerston studio, the font can be downloaded at the event.

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(Photo of Mike Meyer by Rachael Schofield)

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