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Letterform live: books

Letterform Live is a brand new series of informal talks inspired by the popular Letterform column which ran in every issue of Grafik magazine since August 2005 and is now continued online. The theme of this evening is letterforms from books.
What Editorial design, Type design, Typography
When Dec 03, 2014 from 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Wednesday 3 December 
Protein Space
New Inn Yard
London EC2A 3EY

Tickets, priced at £10 can be booked here, but hurry as numbers are strictly limited.  

Speakers confirmed so far include:
David Pearson
Andy Altman (Why Not Associates)
Simon Esterson (Eye and Esterson Associates)
Gunnar Vilhjálmsson (Monotype)

In this live version of Letterform (created in partnership with Monotype) five graphic designers and type experts will speak about the letters that fascinate and inspire them. The session’s theme provides a context for their choice. Speakers may zoom in on the minutiae of physical attributes that draw them to a particular letter; and also unravel the wider story of its design and its use in a specific context. Inspiration could come from giving a new insight to well-known classics, or unearthing little-known bright sparks. 

Book design is often where typography has to work the hardest — top quality typographic design and typesetting sorts the great from the good. Readability is essential, but books are also traditionally a space for innovation, especially when it comes to technical developments and cover design. Bespoke fonts or skilful use of existing ones; dramatic visual representation of a book’s theme through type, there is a wealth of material to inspire speakers, from the Gutenberg Bible, to Jan Tschichold’s modernist treatment of Penguin Books, to radical publisher Visual Editions' experiments with the physical form of the book.

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