The team from Google Fonts joined me to draw along with a Virtual London Type Safari. We explored the culture and history of a vibrant area in East London, discovering the secrets hidden in the signs over shops, pubs and buildings.
Some of the signs have been hidden for decades and tell stories about the area’s rich history. Many reflect the fashions of different eras—the 1800s, the 1920s, the 1970s and today. Some are practical and utilitarian, others are painted by hand. Look a little closer and many have revealing telltale characteristics for you to spot.
We paused at each sign to do a quick four-minute sketch of its letters. Each sign was paired with a song to bring its atmosphere to life. There were also sniffables and a surprise London-themed snack for one of the participants to try on-camera.
Each weekly ticket gives you:
• 3 half-hour drawing sessions broadcast live each week at 10am–10.30am (London) on Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
• Access to the recordings for the week.
With access to the recordings, you can choose the time that suits you best that week, wherever you are in the world. Recordings will be deleted at the end of each week.
Get creative learning about typefaces with quick and fun sketching exercises. Listen to their backstories and discover the amazing history behind the styles.
Discover the shapes that make each type style unique as you sketch them. You’ll develop your own drawing style and enjoy the creative process without the pressure of creating a perfect or finished piece of work. Whatever your level, from beginner to expert, this ongoing course will supercharge your love of letterforms.