Letteracy : Lettering and Type Events in Fall

 

Letteracy

noun    |  let·ter·a·cy  |   \ ˈle-tər-re-se \
The combination of "Lettering" & "Literacy"
The state of being knowledgable in all letterform related art & design.


When I was studying Graphic Design in school, my teacher gave everyone a typeface to research; Mine was Bodoni, and that's how my love for letterforms began. It was difficult at the time for me to find resources to learn more about "how" and "what" of it because it was not nearly as popular as it is today. So I taught myself what I could by watching videos or reading books. Luckily there's been a resurgence of appreciation on the artform. Now, there are endless workshops, videos and events happening all over the world. One thing I've learned by following many creatives I've admired is - as with any field and craft, if you want to be good, you have to dive into all aspects of it. Study it, practice it, play with it, and never stop learning. I try my best to keep up with them and so, as part of my ongoing education to myself, I also want to be able to share my findings with you.

Letteracy is an ongoing seasonal blog post on all letterform related art & design. Some of the events listed are classes that I have taken or interested in attending. If you know of any workshops, events, talks, or meet ups, feel free to email me, I'd love to add it to the list.

 
Find your community of people, and if it doesn’t exist, then build it. Invite people into it and expand it
— Zach Lieberman on The Great Discontent
 
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WORKSHOPS

 

Sept 23rd & Sept 24th | SAN FRANCISCO
New Bohemia Signs : "Introduction to Brush Lettering"
https://www.newbohemiasigns.com/shop/introduction-to-brush-lettering

 

A great 2-day workshop in San Francisco that I've taken. Small group, informative, materials included and taught by some of the most talented sign painters in the area! You'll get to make a piece of your own at the end of the workshop too. Definitely give this one a try.

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 The process and my final sign at the end of the workshop.

The process and my final sign at the end of the workshop.

 


October 14th & 15th, December 9th & 10th | SAN FRANCISCO
New Bohemia Signs : "Introduction to Brush Lettering"
https://www.newbohemiasigns.com/shop/introduction-to-brush-lettering

October 14th | PORTLAND
Art Deco Type with Nick Misani
http://www.wemakepdx.com/wemake-celebrates/#day2

October 21st I SAN FRANCISCO
GoodType presents Stefan Kuntz : "Intro to IPAD lettering"
https://www.goodtype.us/workshops/2017/9/8/intro-to-ipad-lettering-with-stefan-kunz-in-san-francisco

October 23rd, 30th, November 6th, 13th | NEW YORK
Fauxsaics Bootcamp with Nick MIsani
https://www.tdc.org/event/fauxsaics-bootcamp-nick-masani/

October 23rd to October 28 | LAS VEGAS
Type Camp
https://www.typecamp.org/camps/las-vegas/

October 28th | NEW YORK
Type Design for Non-Type Designers with Matteo Bologna
https://www.tdc.org/event/type-design-non-type-designers-matteo-bologna/

November 4th | NEW YORK
Fancifying Letters with Nim
https://www.tdc.org/event/fancifying-letters-nim/

November 11th to November 14th | LOS ANGELES
Mike Meyer: Hand Lettering and Lettering Effects Workshop
http://betterletters.co/Workshop/hand-lettering-workshop-los-angeles/

 

SHOWS

 

September 8th - September 28th | CHICAGO
The Pre-Vinylette Society : "An International Showcase of Women Sign Painters"
http://www.chicagoartdepartment.org/the-pre-vinylette-society/

September 9th - October 6th | CHICAGO
It's A Living : "Transitions" at the 1AM Generator
https://www.1amgenerator.com/new-events/itsaliving

October 22nd - October 29th | SAN JOSE
POW WOW! : Global Arts, Music and Culture Festival
http://powwowsanjose.com/

September 16th | LOS ANGELES
She Bends : "Women in Neon"
http://www.neonmona.org/calendar-events/bends-women-neon-opening-reception/

 

 

TALKS + MEET UPS

September 15th | SAN FRANCISCO
House Industries : "Design talk and Party with the Mattson 2"
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/house-industries-talk-and-party-with-the-mattson-2-tickets-36940609357

September 21st
TypeThursday | SAN FRANCISCO
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/typethursdaysf-tickets-36450638842?aff=es2

September 28th to September 30th | GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA
TYPISM Conference + Workshops
http://www.typismconference.com/

October 12th to October 14th | MINNEAPOLIS
AIGA Design Conference 2017
http://designconference.aiga.org/

October 19th
TypeThursday | CHICAGO
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/typethursday-chicago-tickets-37307756504?aff=es2

October 19th
TypeThursday | SEATTLE
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/typethursday-seattle-tickets-37784280801?aff=es2

 

If you are unable to attend any of the above events, good news! There are still plenty of inspiring options to get involved in! Here a couple of classes that you can take anytime and anywhere. Jon Contino and Friends of Type's course was particularly enjoyable to get a behind the scenes of their thought process. It's always great to get insight on every creative's background and process. So if you're looking for a place to start from home, give these resources a try!

YEAR - ROUND

 

Jon Contino "Layouts for Lettering : Hierarchy, Composition, and Type Systems" | SKILLSHARE
http://skl.sh/2riIfzf

Friends of Type : Why We Letter | SKILLSHARE
http://skl.sh/2wZ9IKB

Lauren Hom : Hand Lettering for Chalk Murals | SKILLSHARE
http://skl.sh/2xwbB32

Drunk On Lettering | PODCAST
https://soundcloud.com/user-343633082/episode-23-dirty-bandits

The Design Kids : "Gemma O' Brien" | INTERVIEW
http://thedesignkids.org/interviews/gemma-obrien/