I find, if you speak about anything for long enough, it always comes back to type. I once heard book designer Peter Cocking say this, and decided that was all the more reason to speak about it sooner.
That is what we do at Type Brigade, Vancouver’s typography and type design meetup. In 2014, I became the organiser, relaunching it as speaker series, along with my fantastic co-organisers.
In our first year alone, we hosted eight free events to bring Vancouver’s type community together. Type Brigade has hosted many incredible speakers, including:
- Bruno Maag of Dalton Maag, for his first ever type talk in Canada
- Alanna Munro, on the process behind Local Lettering
- Ross Milne, on his type family Echo for Typotheque
- Ivanna McConnell, on typographic identity and Cyrillic writing system
- Paul Barnes & Christian Schwartz of Commercial Type, who kicked-off their North American tour at Type Brigade
The Type Brigade team and I hope to help Vancouverites’ interest in type flourish with valuable educational events: this includes special events like Bruno Maag’s first Canadian talk, a worksop with calligrapher Martin Jackson, and hosting Commercial Type’s first tour date. We also pride ourselves in giving under-recognised, local voices in type and lettering a platform to present.
Attendees include designers, students, artists, letterers, developers, and other professionals looking to share their interest in typography, or improve their work. We also design a custom print to commemorate each event, which we give away to everyone there.
During Vancouver Design Week, we also hosted a workshop, where designers had the chance to explore the relationship between letters and the tools used to make them:
I also built the Type Brigade website and blog. Here, we write about the events and what’s happening with the meetup. It’s a static site built using Harp and hosted on the Surge CDN, two other projects I have been part of.
Lettering for Type Brigade
Each edition of Type Brigade, we commission a commemorative numeral. I contributed the “27” and “28” lettering pieces.