Like language, typography is both functional and expressive, often we think of the expressive qualities in terms of volume, tone and voice. But type can equally convey a mood, an event, a sense of place, time and culture. It is these realms I have been playing with this month. Using type to explore place (Brisbane) and time (1880-1930) for the State Library of Queensland's Design Finds initiative. My project investigates the revival of craft-based practice in Brisbane after the floods and recession of the 1890's.
After treasure hunting through the SLQ collection I curated 5 items to display and respond to... My creative response is a bookwork which aims (through multiple typographic genres and treatments) to demonstrate the value of craft in both Brisbane's heritage and future.
It has been a really exciting research project for me and I am excited to share my discoveries, process (and typographic play!) at the launch event this week. Only one ticket remains - you can snap it up here! or if you miss out you can view the finds (and our creative responses) on exhibition in the Asia Pacific Design Lounge at the State Library of Queensland from the 5th-19th of December. (And for those further afield I will share via a blog post in the new year).
Using type to express metrics like space, place, identity, character and culture became a theme for the TypoMusings this month. It is a bumper edition with lots of new typefaces released, some fantastic explorations of type technology (old and new), with people and projects from the global type community I admire.
If you have work you'd like to submit for future musings (or if you've seen a killer project you think I should check out!) please get in touch as I would love to hear from you!
All the very best with end-of-year deadlines and I will be in touch soon (I can't believe how quickly the festive season is looming!).
I am currently reading (and really enjoying!) Johnston & Gill... I was hoping to have published a full review on TypographHer.com before sending this newsletter but havent had the chance to write the post yet. It is an excellent overview of these two prolific designers and their impact on a city (London) and a genre of type. Pick up your copy here.