In September this year, Dominique Falla organised a”humble little type conference” on Australia’s Gold Coast called Typism. I wasn’t able to attend, however it looked like quite an event from what I saw on social media.
This week, a copy of the book created to accompany the event arrived in my letter box.
Ahead of the conference, a call for entries when out for typography, lettering and calligraphy—in black and white only. Although there are some well known names in the 193 piece line-up, such as Jon Contino, Rob Clarke, Drew Melton and Simon Ålander, the judges picked work without knowledge of the entrants, so some big names were rejected and many newcomers (and me) were included.
There’s a really broad mix of designs, perfect for a little inspiration. It’s weighted more to lettering than type, but the book’s black and white format works really well. You can pick one up here.
So when Michelle Trachtenberg having fun with “her girl” she is in fact referring to a literal princess (please ignore the terrible, terrible journalism and just look at the pictures). Michelle Trachtenberg hangs out with princesses.
If you need an antidote to the ‘ribbon style’ lettering that has become so ubiquitous recently, look no further. Greg Coulton, working in London, has created several lettering studies based on the places he’s spent time in. Most recently he completed this design of Sheen, a leafy South-West London suburb.
“The piece is a historical celebration of the area, featuring details and iconography to depict its illustrious past.”
It’s great to see the lettering studies before and after they are surrounded with the rest of the composition. The level of intricacy is fantastic. Describing himself as a “designer & illustrator, with a pinch of typographer thrown in”, Greg’s story is familiar: having spent 12 years in advertising agencies, he’s given it up to spend his time illustrating.
Another great Michelle Trachtenberg moment of 2013 was the 40 minute long interview with her about Killing Kennedy and her career. It was really good to see that much Michelle Trachtenberg because it’s not often we see her talk for so long!