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Competition time. Take part in the mash-up typeface challenge for the chance to have your work showcased by Design Week and to win a copy of How to Draw Type and Influence People.

How to enter
Think of two typefaces with very different characteristics and personalities, and combine them to create a new, hand-drawn one that showcases the best – or worst – qualities of both. Send your entry to Design Week, click here for full details.

Above is Mr Cromso’s ‘Black Comic’, a mashup of two very familiar type styles.

 

How to Draw Type and Influence People: An Activity Book by Sarah Hyndman is published by Laurence King Publishing, April 17th 2017.

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Typographer and graphic designer Sarah Hyndman, author of Why Fonts Matter, will be giving a talk this month about the power of typefaces in the punk era, part of the current Graphics of Punk exhibition on at the Museum of Brands.

We speak to her about how punk democratised design, and why Snapchat is the modern-day equivalent.

Design Week: Why did you get involved in the Graphics of Punk exhibition?

Sarah Hyndman: Type charts social and historic change. The Museum of Brands is a place where you can see all these voices speaking through all of its products and packaging, which wouldn’t normally be shown in an exhibition because they’re not considered high design. My area of interest is how type is woven into the social fabric of our lives – it’s something that I’m on a mission to democratise.

DW: What will you be talking about in the Never Mind the Typography talk?

SH: It’s an hour-long, interactive talk. I’m going to start by looking at what Britain was like in the early, post-war 1970s – there were a lot of social conventions, and the graphic design community was still besotted by the formality of modernism and minimalism. The UK was also going through a recession and it was a massive time of change. Then punk appeared and completely broke the rule book. It was shocking compared to everything else that was happening.

I’ll look then at how punk gave people a voice. It wasn’t about the designers, or the establishment. This was before Apple Macs were around, so you couldn’t just print your own posters. You’d have to go to a typesetter, and the method would be expensive. Punks ignored all of that and found this really immediate way of disseminating their voices. Punk graphics and typography have become part of the everyday vernacular today, but it was very empowering at the time.

Read full article in Design Week…

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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

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The People vs Graphic Design

In this Monotype session a panel of graphic design experts looks at how graphic design works in public spaces and also interrogates people’s perception of graphic design as a discipline.

Panellists Tony Brook, Jonathan Barnbrook, Jim Sutherland, Sarah Hyndman and Patrick Myles look at how graphics can go beyond the page or the poster to have a deep impact on public life.

Find out how designs are created for physical environments, how the public can get involved, and why a piece of graphics can be more permanent than a building.

Chaired by Angus Montgomery, editor Design Week

Date: 19th May
Time: 12.00 – 13.00
Click here to find out more

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‘Cycle’ by Angus Montgomery

“I cycle in London almost every day, it’s how I’ve learned to navigate the city and discover how it all connects together.

“For my Typetasting piece, I made the word ‘Cycle’ using bits of old bike paraphernalia. The ‘Cs’ are made from a bit of inner tube and cycling scarf, I cut into a bike map to make the ‘Y’, a modified reflector snap-band forms the ‘L’ and a partially opened multi-tool forms a rather clumsy ‘E’.”

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