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Brush Lettering at the TDC

Our first Urban workshop at the NYC Type Directors Club was a great success! We sold out our Friday class with a variety of attendees – some were Creative Directors looking to try their hand lettering (instead of farming it out), art directors wanting to revive their creative juices, alumni from Type Camp Bauhaus, graphic designers with an interest in … continue reading

The world’s best type specimens!

Seriously, Fairgoods wins BEST IN THE WORLD as they produced the most hilarious type specimens ever: ‘Jerk Balloons’ (pictured here in the Analog Research Lab at Facebook HQ). Thanks to Fairgoods for so generously sharing them with our Type Campers in California this March as well as attending even more of our workshops (we love you, too). Type Camp promises to spread … continue reading

Type from outside the classroom

While in the Bay Area in March running the 6 (!) camps over 10 days, there were a few other things that I noticed that don’t quite make it into my camp posts, some typographic, some feline, and some neither. Here I have lettering from around Potrero Hill, Madam Flo Coles, lovely Hungarian embroidery lettering, a medieval musical score complete … continue reading

Parallel Pen at Adobe

We were fortunate to hold a second camp at the Adobe building in San Francisco where Xandra helped campers to learn two different parallel pen styles, Blackletter and Neuland. We had two campers from the previous Friday workshop rejoin us as students, and in a great example of how Type Camp is an equal opportunity learning environment, this class also had the … continue reading

Type Camp at the Letterform Archive

Due to so much interest in our Type Drawing and Selection class with Stephen & Alex, we created two additional Saturday classes at the incredible Letterform Archive in Potrero Hill. To be able to discuss all aspects of typography while surrounded by centuries (and millenia!) of typographic history was a dream come true. Campers were able to take photographs of … continue reading

Type Camp at Facebook

Our return to the totally cool Analog Research Lab at the Facebook HQ in Silicon Valley was just as fun as ever. The two workshops sold out in a record 30 minutes (oh my!) so the 24 that attended certainly were eager folks! There was an interesting turn of events in that one of the attendees, Benhem, was mentioned in … continue reading

Type Drawing and Selection at Adobe

Type Camp returned to the cool San Francisco offices of Adobe in March – and we had so many people that we had to get an even bigger room, with a totally cool whiteboard wall (Alexandre was thrilled). This has become one of my favourite workshops, with 2 completely (unexpected) different methods of improving typographic perception. Stephen and Alexandre resumed their … continue reading

All of my new old friends

I would never in a million years imagine how much my life has been enriched by the people that start off as campers and then end up as my friends and colleagues for years to come. In the past month, I’ve been able to visit former campers from Galiano Island 2008 (Elyse), California 2011 (Remy, Will), Bauhaus 2012 (Marie), California … continue reading

Goblin type with (non-goblin) kids

My favourite camp of 2014 was not India or Galiano or even Facebook or AdobeMax, although I loved them all (really!). The one that will stay with me for years to come was our short workshop with the 4th & 5th graders at the Montessori school in Regina, Saskatchewan. Tania, an alum from Type Camp India this spring, mentioned that her … continue reading

Vancouver (multi-camp) reunion

Oh Vancouver! It must be partly the location (Gastown is impossibly hip) or our workshop space (Fluevog is impossibly cool) that makes the Van classes so great – but I know it’s really the folks. Nearly all of the attendees were former campers, from the first Pointed Pen class here in June, to previous brush lettering and calligraphy classes with … continue reading