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Font designers to discuss inspiration and research

Leading font designers to discuss inspiration and research

What inspires and informs the type designer and user? How do the artist, the type designer and the typographer develop philosophies about communicating the visual forms of their language?

In mid-July the Adam Art Gallery will host a free workshop––Wordplay: The Art of Typography––with New Zealand’s leading type designers as part of its current exhibition, Collect/Project.

Collect/Project examines the activity of collecting and celebrates its forms and subjects and is open until Sunday 13 July.

This discussion will workshop thoughts and ideas on what informs the practice of typography and the research methods and strategies used to implement type form —something that generally goes unnoticed by the reader.

What: Wordplay: The Art of Typography
Where: Adam Art Gallery, Gate 3, Kelburn Parade, Wellington
When: Saturday 12 July, 2-4pm

Speaker biographies:
• Warren Olds is a graphic designer and typesetter of art from Freemans Bay, Auckland.
• Duncan Forbes is a graphic designer for the modernist-inspired studio Experimenta.
• Kelvin Soh is a graphic designer, artist, curator and one half of Auckland based design group The Wilderness.
• Kris Sowersby is an independent type designer, typographer and graphic designer. Based in Wellington, he runs the KLIM Type Foundry and is Type Director for The Letterheads Ltd.
• Sarah Maxey is one of New Zealand's most prolific book designers, graphic designers and lettering artists. Her signature works are hand-lettered literary book covers.
• Catherine Griffiths is an independent and internationally-recognised typographer and designer. She is currently intent on bringing the multi-disciplinary world of typography to Wellington to share in New Zealand's first-ever international typography symposium, TypeSHED11, next February. Griffiths will chair this event.


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