The Typographic Hub

Diary

13th Mar 2017
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Type Talks: Phil Abel: What I’ve been doing at work - some snaps from the Hand & Eye photo album

Phil Abel provides a glimpse in the the year in the life of Hand & Eye Letterpress.

16th Jan 2017
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Type Talk: Trine Rask: Reading and writing a text

When you read you recognise familiar shapes on a background.

12th Dec 2016
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TYPE TALK: Jonathan Barnbrook: a Barnbrook super deluxe ultra karaoke megamix.

Jonatahn Barnbrook talks about his career to-date.

14th Nov 2016
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Type Talks: Adrian Shaughnessy: The graphic designer as writer, editor and publisher

Adrian Shaughnessy describes his professional journey and how, despite radically changing his career path, he retains the outlook of a graphic designer.

10th Oct 2016
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Type Talk: Mary Noble: Calligraphy: here today, where will it go tomorrow?

Calligrapher, Mary Noble, talks about 100 years of changes in calligraphy from Edward Johnston to the computer.

25th May 2016
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MEETING: Postgraduate Research Meeting

The School of Visual Communication at Birmingham City University has a large and active postgraduate research community, which meets alternate months throughout the academic year to discuss issues of common concern. These meetings are convened and directed by the research community, and each meeting has a different focus for conversation.

14th Apr 2016
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TYPE TALKS: Jean Francois Porchez: Adding value to the invisibility of typefaces

In the beginning was the word. Then came the writing, an almost universal way to convey a message in a sustainable way, a thought, an emotion.

13th Apr 2016
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MEETING: Postgraduate Research Meeting

The School of Visual Communication at Birmingham City University has a large and active postgraduate research community, which meets alternate months throughout the academic year to discuss issues of common concern. These meetings are convened and directed by the research community, and each meeting has a different focus for conversation.

10th Mar 2016
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BASKERVIILLE SOCIETY: Baskerville’s Cambridge

The Baskerville Society is pleased to announce its main event of 2016: a three day trip to the beautiful University city of Cambridge. We’ve put together and exclusive tour of the city's libraries, museums, special collections and guided tours that best showcase Cambridge’s rich printing, book and lettering history. We hope you will be tempted to join us!

10th Mar 2016
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TYPE TALKS: Robert Green: Salvaging the Dove’s Press type

The Doves typeface was used to print some of the most famous books of its day … Then the man who created it hurled it into the Thames.

2nd Mar 2016
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MEETING: Postgraduate Research Meeting

The School of Visual Communication at Birmingham City University has a large and active postgraduate research community, which meets alternate months throughout the academic year to discuss issues of common concern. These meetings are convened and directed by the research community, and each meeting has a different focus for conversation.

11th Feb 2016
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TYPE TALKS: John Neilson: Words in stone

People have carved stone inscriptions since the invention of written language.

22nd Jan 2016
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LECTURE: Baskerville’s books

Caroline archer will be lecturing on Baskerville's books at the Sutton Coldfield Archaeological Society.
22 January 2016

20th Jan 2016
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MEETING: Postgraduate Research Meeting

The School of Visual Communication at Birmingham City University has a large and active postgraduate research community, which meets alternate months throughout the academic year to discuss issues of common concern. These meetings are convened and directed by the research community, and each meeting has a different focus for conversation.

14th Jan 2016
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TYPE TALKS: Seb Lester: Peace, hellfire & outer space

Seb Lester charts his life in letters from student days to working for some of the biggest companies in the world to current art and design projects

11th Jan 2016
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EXHIBITION: Letter Exchange

Hopes + Dreams: statements of intent explored | 11 January-12 February 2016

14th Dec 2015
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BASKERVILLE SOCIETY: St Philip’s Cathedral

The Baskerville Society is an active group with frequently organised events and other activities. Events are open to members and non-members alike.

10th Dec 2015
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TYPE TALKS: Morag Myerscoug: Belonging

Morag Myerscough is one of the UK’s most prolific designers.Her work is characterized by an engaging boldness, creating specific, local responses to each distinct audience that will see and experience the design, using it to create community and build identity.

2nd Dec 2015
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MEETING: Postgraduate Research Meeting

The School of Visual Communication at Birmingham City University has a large and active postgraduate research community, which meets alternate months throughout the academic year to discuss issues of common concern. These meetings are convened and directed by the research community, and each meeting has a different focus for conversation.

24th Nov 2015
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17th Nov 2015
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LECTURE: the art and industry of John Baskerville

Caroline Archer will be lecturing on the art and industry of John Baskerville at the Bromsgrove U3A
Tuesday 17 November 2015

12th Nov 2015
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TYPE TALKS: Yves Peters: Trajan in Movie Posters

Soon after its appearance on the font market more than twenty years ago, the Adobe Original Trajan was embraced by Hollywood. Now it seems to grace more movie posters than any other typeface. Its stately and classic character shapes made it the go-to choice for Oscar material. Yet in recent years the popular font has apparently fallen from grace, and a pretender to the throne is vying to take its place.

22nd Oct 2015
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TYPE TALKS: James Langdon in conversation with the Ikon Gallery

It’s a family tree arrangement where the child of Avant Garde and Courier mates with Peanuts and Didot's child. Bookman and Onyx mate

21st Oct 2015
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MEETING: Postgraduate Research Meeting

The School of Visual Communication at Birmingham City University has a large and active postgraduate research community, which meets alternate months throughout the academic year to discuss issues of common concern. These meetings are convened and directed by the research community, and each meeting has a different focus for conversation.

7th Oct 2015
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LECTURE: John Maynard Keynes and Baskerville Fever

Caroline Archer will be lecturing on John Maynard Keynes and Baskerville Fever as part of the Darwin House Annual Seminar.
7 October 2015

5th Sep 2015
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BASKERVILLE SOCIETY: Bishop Hurd Library

The Baskerville Society is an active group with frequently organised events and other activities, which are open to members and non-members alike.

3rd Sep 2015
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CONFERENCE: Vision Plus 2015: Information+design=performance

Since 1995 the International Institute for Information Design (iiid) has held its international symposia in different cities around the world under the Vision Plus banner.

6th Jun 2015
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BASKERVILLE SOCIETY: Museum of Branding + God’s Own Junkyard, London

The Baskerville Society is an active group with frequently organised events and other activities

2nd Jun 2015
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LECTURE: Leonard Jay and the right type of lad

Caroline Archer will be presenting a talk on Leonard Jay as part of the BCU Pop-up-Professors series of lectures

26th May 2015
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LECTURE: John Baskerville: international man of mystery

Caroline Archer will be lecturing on John Baskerville The Centre for Art and Design Research and Experimentation (CADRE) at the University of Wolverhampton
Tuesday 26 May 2015

21st May 2015
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SYMPOSIUM: Centre for Printing History & Culture

The Centre for Printing History & Culture is a joint initiative between the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University, which brings together international researchers to facilitate the support and promotion of printing history and culture; provides a research base for an international community of scholars; creates the conditions for research initiatives and networks; and enables the dissemination of research.

20th May 2015
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MEETING: Postgraduate Research Meeting

The School of Visual Communication at Birmingham City University has a large and active postgraduate research community, which meets regularly throughout the academic year to discuss issues of common concern. These meetings are convened and directed by the research community, and each meeting has a different focus for conversation.

14th Mar 2015
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The Beauty of letters: text, type and communication in the eighteenth century

A two-day conference sponsored by the Baskerville Society, the Bibliographical Society, and the Centre for West Midlands History

12th Mar 2015
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TYPE TALKS: Ewan Clayton

The Golden Thread

12th Feb 2015
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TYPE TALKS: Gordon Young

Words and stuff

15th Jan 2015
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TYPE TALKS: Joby Carter

All the fun of the fair: the art of the sign writer

12th Dec 2014
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11th Dec 2014
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TYPE TALKS: Sarah Hyndman

Thinking outside the font

5th Dec 2014
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The form of the book: printing, publishing and production in the regions

A Book History Research Network Study Day
on print and manuscript culture in British and European towns and cities.

13th Nov 2014
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Monotype book launch

History of the Monotype Corporation - book launch and reception.
Come and celebrate the publishing event of the year with Printing Historical Society and Vanbrugh Press

13th Nov 2014
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Printing Historical Society: Landmarks in printing: from origins to the digital age

In 2014, the Printing Historical Society will commemorate its fiftieth anniversary and its role in the encouragement of printing history.

6th Nov 2014
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TYPE TALKS: Freda Sack

Words amplified by typography

9th Oct 2014
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TYPE TALKS: Phil Baines

+ = &, the redesign and branding of Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

26th Sep 2014
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7th Jun 2014
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21st May 2014
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21st May 2014
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TYPE TALKS: Sam Roberts

Ghostsigns with Sam Roberts

30th Apr 2014
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TYPE TALKS: Phil Cleaver

Dogs, fires, and famous women: what they didn't teach you in design school

28th Apr 2014
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John Baskerville and the Birmingham printers

A lecture by Dr Caroline Archer to the King's Norton History Society

27th Mar 2014
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26th Mar 2014
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TYPE TALKS: The Symposium

A symposium presenting the work of the postgraduate research community in the School of Visual Communication at the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design

19th Feb 2014
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TYPE TALKS: Brian Webb

Books with Stories: Thrills, spills, romance, happy endings. Bindings, blurbs, letterpress, linocuts. Type with pointy bits, type without. Every job has a story.

31st Jan 2014
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Worlds of learning: education and the book trade

The thirty-second Print Networks Conference on the History of the British book trade will take place at St. Anne’s College, Oxford on 22-23th July 2014.

29th Jan 2014
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TYPE TALKS: Gerry Leonidas

On display typefaces

10th Dec 2013
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7th Dec 2013
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Baskerville Society: Hic Jacet or The Corpse in the Crescent

Whilst there is a good body of poetry and prose, both fact and fiction that has been written about the craft of printing, there is however, only one radio play.

28th Nov 2013
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TYPE TALKS: Modern typography: the world of Paul Barnes

Come and hear Paul Barnes talk on fashion, football and founts!

15th Nov 2013
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Resurrecting the book

To celebrate the re-opening of the largest public library in Europe and its outstanding special collections The Typographic Hub, The Library of Birmingham, Newman University College, and the Library of Lost Books have united to host a three-day conference on the theme of 'Resurrecting the book' 15-17 November 2013

1st Nov 2013
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TYPE TALKS: Sign Painters

Continuing our Type Talks in partnership with EyeCandy we are delighted to be screening Faythe Levine and Sam Macon's Sign Painters.

29th Oct 2013
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TYPE TALKS: Making Faces film

'Making Faces' is a fascinating design documentary by Richard Kegler that captures the personality and work process of the late Canadian graphic artist and type designer Jim Rimmer (1931-2010).

10th Oct 2013
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10th Aug 2013
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21st Jun 2013
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31st May 2013
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Text and image in the city

A Book History Research Network Study Day on print and manuscript culture in British and European towns and cities

6th Apr 2013
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John Baskerville: art, industry and technology in the Enlightenment

John Baskerville: art, industry and technology in the Enlightenment
Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham, 6-7 April 2013

7th Nov 2012
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Launch of the Baskerville Society

Announcing the launch of
The Baskerville Society
Lecture Room 3, The Arts Building, The University of Birmingham
Wednesday 7 November 2012
1830-2030

4th Oct 2012
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Watford’s printing past

A talk on the social, aesthetic, technical and educational aspects of Watford's printing past.

10th Jul 2012
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Street Literature, Cheap Print, Popular Culture and the Booktrade

Print Networks Conference, University of Leicester
10-12 July, 2012

21st Jun 2012
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Text[s] to Book[s]

Théories et pratiques de l’Interdisciplinarité Dans les Etudes Anglophones, Université de Lorraine, Nancy
21-23 June 2012

2nd Jun 2012
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Missing Texts

Material Texts Conference, Birkbeck College, University of London
2 June 2012

9th May 2012
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Typography in fact and fiction

The relationship between author, typographer and printer is frequently vexed, generally misunderstood, but more often apathetic.

20th Apr 2012
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11th Apr 2012
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The Baskerville Symposium

A one-day symposium
12 April 2012

30th Mar 2012
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Emergence of West Midlands: Culture, Community & Change 1779-1918

Centre for West Midlands History Research, University of Birmingham
30 March - 1 April 2012

14th Mar 2012
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Variations of a typographer

A two-day typographic conference
14–15 March 2012
BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN!

1st Dec 2011
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Type Tarts | Birmingham

Since 2009 we have been inviting designers, artists, illustrators and photographers to have some graphic fun to help raise the profile of the St Bride Library, London.

30th Nov 2011
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Book 2.0

Call for articles

26th Nov 2011
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Birmingham History Day

'Birmingham History Day' brings together people and organisations interested in the rich history of the region, with the aim to develop and promote projects and to support a network of individuals engaged in research.

7th Nov 2011
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10th Oct 2011
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With thanks to Leonard Jay

Monday lunchtime lectures at the Birmingham and Midland Institute

19th Jul 2011
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Print Networks Conference

The Twenty-ninth Print Networks Conference on the history of the British book trade will take place at the National Library of Wales on 19–21 July 2011.

13th Jul 2011
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Typographic Research Initiative 3

The Typographic Soapbox

18th Jun 2011
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London Lettering Tour - East

Walking tours of London Letters provides a great way to see a familiar city from a new perspective. The walks cover sights of interest to the typographic historian as well as examples of beautiful letters found on the streets of the City of London which range from Roman inscriptions through to contemporary marks left by both the expert and inexpert lettering artist

4th Jun 2011
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London Lettering Tour - West

Walking tours of London Letters provides a great way to see a familiar city from a new perspective. The walks cover sights of interest to the typographic historian as well as examples of beautiful letters found on the streets of the City of London which range from Roman inscriptions through to contemporary marks left by both the expert and amateur lettering artist

28th May 2011
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London Lettering Tour - East

Walking tours of London Letters provides a great way to see a familiar city from a new perspective. The walks cover sights of interest to the typographic historian as well as examples of beautiful letters found on the streets of the City of London which range from Roman inscriptions through to contemporary marks left by both the expert and inexpert lettering artist

7th May 2011
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London Lettering Tour - West

Walking tours of London Letters provides a great way to see a familiar city from a new perspective. The walks cover sights of interest to the typographic historian as well as examples of beautiful letters found on the streets of the City of London which range from Roman inscriptions through to contemporary marks left by both the expert and amateur lettering artist

30th Apr 2011
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London Lettering Tour - East

Walking tours of London Letters provides a great way to see a familiar city from a new perspective. The walks cover sights of interest to the typographic historian as well as examples of beautiful letters found on the streets of the City of London which range from Roman inscriptions through to contemporary marks left by both the expert and inexpert lettering artist

14th Apr 2011
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Out of Hours

Light House presents an evening with cutting edge design studios Barnbrook and We Make Art who will showcase some of their latest audio/visual work and discuss current trends and developments in the world of graphic design. Followed by a music/VJ set from Manchester electronic artist Swansong.

9th Apr 2011
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London Lettering Tour - West

Walking tours of London Letters provides a great way to see a familiar city from a new perspective. The walks cover sights of interest to the typographic historian as well as examples of beautiful letters found on the streets of the City of London which range from Roman inscriptions through to contemporary marks left by both the expert and amateur lettering artist

26th Mar 2011
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London Lettering Tour - East

Walking tours of London Letters provides a great way to see a familiar city from a new perspective. The walks cover sights of interest to the typographic historian as well as examples of beautiful letters found on the streets of the City of London which range from Roman inscriptions through to contemporary marks left by both the expert and inexpert lettering artist

16th Mar 2011
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Type Writing | Symposium

This symposium will explore the link between the typographer and the writer of words, be their texts literary, commercial, instructional or inspirational; whether they have been produced by a professional writer, graphic auteur or the casual passer-by who has simply given form to his thoughts.

12th Mar 2011
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London Lettering Tour - West

Walking tours of London Letters provides a great way to see a familiar city from a new perspective. The walks cover sights of interest to the typographic historian as well as examples of beautiful letters found on the streets of the City of London which range from Roman inscriptions through to contemporary marks left by both the expert and amateur lettering artist

20th Nov 2010
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England’s Typographic Heart | talk

The Birmingham History Day, organised by the Centre for West Midlands History Research at The University of Birmingham, provides and opportunity to hear about recent publications, projects and heritage activities in the city.

18th Nov 2009
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Typographic Horizons | Symposium

A one-day typographic symposium held at Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Birmingham City University
Wednesday 18 November 2009

17th Oct 2008
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Hybrid Type | Conference

A 3-day typographic conference organized by Birmingham City University, in conjunction with UKType and Plus Expo Ltd and hosted by the 2008 Plus International Design Festival, Birmingham

10th Oct 2007
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Moving Type | Conference

A 3-day typographic conference organized by Birmingham City University, in conjunction with UKType and Plus Expo Ltd and hosted by the 2007 Plus International Design Festival, Birmingham

16th Oct 2006
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Fast Type, Slow Type | Conference

A 3-day typographic conference organized by Birmingham City University, in conjunction with UKType and Plus Expo Ltd and hosted by the 2006 Plus International Design Festival, Birmingham