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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.

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Hungry Nic Hinton

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#LDF13 ‘Hungry’ by Nic Hinton
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London based illustrator and designer Hinton explains that “I chose the word HUNGRY because of the struggle, the ambition, the consumption of London.”

“My hand drawn illustration work tends to look quite random but there is a reason, no matter how thin, behind each mark. Sometimes things don’t turn out as I planned but that’s part of the fun right?…”

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#LDF13 ‘Kyverdale’ by Rude

‘Kyverdale’ is the dream home that illustrator and designers Abi and Rupert of Rude have spent the last year building on a plot in Stoke Newington. The house has just been finished and they move in shortly with their two sons BIlly and Herbie. The Type Tasting word is a celebration of their new family home created out of lettering in Rupert’s inimitable style.

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#LDF13: Getting creative with the London Design Festival and V&A team

We recently took our box of creative materials and words down to the London Design Festival offices for an evening of creative unwinding. Things are getting pretty busy as the Festival is getting closer, the Guide is going to print and the events are being finalised. An evening of making ‘creative London’ words accompanied by cold beer was just what we all needed.

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#LDF13: ‘Underground’ by Maria Cox

Maria Cox chose the word ‘Underground’ because she has an ongoing fascination with this London icon. For her Type Tasting piece she initially looked at fonts with a curve to them and thought about drawing a train running on railway tracks to create the typeface. She came up with the final idea after sketching thumbnails with different ideas of trains and tracks, and playing with the meaning of the word so that part of the word appeared below ground level.

An accident involving a colleague and some spilt ink led to an unscheduled delay (well it is the underground), but we really like the resulting Hitchcockian blood red ink splattered over the ‘Mind the Gap’ warning.

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