Dale Herigstad: When the rectangle is gone

There is a rectangle, possibly dictated by the printing press, that has defined the place where much of the information mankind has consumed has existed. And it is the confinement of this rectangle that has been at the heart of Dale Herigstad’s work. Or rather, his work explores what is beyond the confines – or what might, could and should be outside, in front of and behind of the rectangle.

Calligraphic Exercises at TYPO London

Calligraphy Workshop at TYPO Berlin 2011 (Photo: Clemens Carlstedt)

Andreas Frohloff is not just the head of the type department at FSI, he is also a trained type designer and calligraphy artist. For years Andreas has organised workshops at TYPO Conferences, where delegates can try out different writing instruments, inks and papers. In his workshop Andreas provides TYPO visitors a haptic approach to type design that introduces a new type dimension.

Iron gall tint (Photo: Clemens Carlstedt)

Besides trying out your calligraphic skills delegates will hear a lot about the world of handwriting, including amusing historic anecdotes. You will get to know different kinds of pens, characteristics of certain tints and of course you will learn how to use them appropriately.

Andreas’ collection of historic and no so historic pens (Photo: Clemens Carlstedt)

Concentrating on the next steps (Photo: Clemens Carlstedt)

Workshop Atmosphere (Photo: Clemens Carlstedt)

Andreas’s quiet and concentrated exercise is valued by past delegates of his calligraphy workshops. These have become a beneficial start to hectic TYPO conference days, that are rich with variety and impressions.

Experiments in Yellow (Photo: Sonja Knecht)

Andreas’ Calligraphy Workshop will be held on Friday and on Saturday from 09:00 – 11:00am. Getting up early, pays dividends! The workshops are free of charge, with no extra registration necessary. It is advisable however, to appear early as possible as workshop places are limited.

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TYPOs crazy signage contest: This is the last chance to win a ticket

We have another contest winner this week. Congrats to Ana – she has won one ticket for TYPO London. See all entries of last weeks contest here.

It is another week to TYPO London, so you have one last chance to upload pictures to our website and win a ticket for TYPO London!

If you want to win a TYPO London ticket, just email your pictures to places@typolondon.com (the name of the picture goes into the subject area and the location into the content area of your email). You will be sent a password that functions as the password for your MyTYPO-Login, which you will need for uploading, editing or deleting your contest entries. You will also need this later on for viewing your myTYPO-programme.

If you don’t want to rely on your luck for winning a ticket, you can buy one now. If you are a student, don’t forget our limited Redwood/Callprint sponsored student tickets! If you are a group of up to 5 people – get the friends deal.

TYPO London : Speakers : Morag Myerscough

Places are an affair of the heart for London based Morag Myerscough. Over the last decade she has become known as a passionate designer of public space. Starting from exhibition design she went on to injecting colour, pattern and big type into schools, health – or art centres. Morag adds a graphic sense that welcomes visitors and provides orientation and a sense of place. “We sort of infiltrated the architecture scene.” Morag remarks in a recent video interview with Eye magazine and “I want to work for people who are brave and want to try out new things”.

: Exhibition Design
→ Techno Threads Exhibition, Science Gallery Dublin (2008)

TechnoThreads Exhibition by Morag Myerscough, Science Gallery Dublin

For the Techno Threads Exhibition installation in Dublin’s Science Gallery (2008), Morag developed the visual concept of looking underneath fashion, to focus on what things are made of rather than on what they look like. Photo: Science Gallery Dublin

Techno Threads explores the future of fashion focusing on high-tech materials. The exhibition investigates how biotech and nanotech meet traditional haute couture skills – showing the use of science in fashion ranging from garments out of fabrics with a raised surface based on the braille language and semi-living garments using biotechnology. Exhibits include a spray on dress, garments made using three dimensional fabrics and one made using a three dimensional printing process as well as space, cyborgs and camouflage.

→ Urban Africa, David Adjaye exhibition, Design Museum (2009)

Urban Africa, David Adjaye exhibition, Design Museum London

Urban Africa, David Adjaye exhibition, Design Museum (2009). Photo: Photo Luke Hayes

For the London Design Museum, David Adjaye‘s photographs of urban African life were arranged to express a rich diversity of motives, showing architecture, culture and urban landscape. Morag developed a presentation scheme that clustered the motives around themes and at the same time allowed visitors to perceive impressions in an unusual setup.

: Designing Public Space
→ Barbican Arts Center (2006)

Barbican Hall, Morag Myerscough (2006)

The reconstruction of one of the world’s largest arts centres involved the installation of a new grand route with new main entrances at each end and corresponding wayfinding system.

It took seven years to refurbish the Barbican Arts Center, one of Europe’s largest arts centres. Working with the award-winning architectural practice, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) and Cartlidge Levene, together they restored and enhanced many of the original design features, while completely altering the wayfinding system.

Barbican Hall, Morag Myerscough (2006)

Working with graphic, furniture and lighting designers, the practice stripped away years of piecemeal decoration. New signage and structures were installed to reinforce the essential qualities of the original building and to clarify access to the Barbican’s many venues.

Barbican Hall, Morag Myerscough (2006)

London design consultancy, Cartlidge Levene and Studio Myerscough completely redesigned the signage to improve navigation round the Centre, winning design awards and further accolades for their work throughout the Barbican.

Photos: AHMM

→ Westminster Academy (2007)

Westminster University, Morag Myerscough

A city academy for more than thousand students was planned around a linear atrium on a challenging site adjacent to an elevated motorway.

Westminster Academy was built according to a plan that aimed at setting a new standard for an educational building. Meeting the demands of an innovative and radical educational agenda and creating a place to learn, interact and aspire were priorities. Connectivity was to be established by a “market place” on the ground floor connecting all the key communal spaces at this level and visually connecting to the whole school via the full height atrium with coloured sculptural roof.

Auditorium of Westminster University, Morag Myerscough

Light and colour used extensively throughout the building.

Located in a deprived area adjacent to a motorway, a new civic landmark was to be created in which members of the academy as well as the local community felt pride. The oblong and castle like form of the school, responding to the need for a fully sealed building, has a bold, expressive façade stratified into large panels of glazing, vibrantly coloured terracotta tiles in green and yellow and a series of illuminated screens.

Westminster University, Morag Myerscough

Within the building, a palette of robust materials including raw concrete, painted block work, timber and acoustic baffles intentionally frame the teaching environment with the aim to encourage exhibition and display.

Morag developed a brand palette for the school that consisted of a rich colours and large graphic elements to relate to the vibrant reality of urban life beyond the school walls and to an international community – both on the doorstep and beyond. The rebuilding of Westminster Academy won numerous awards for Studio Myerscough and Allford, Hall, Monaghan and Morris.

Photos: AHMM

→ Kentish Town Health Center (2008)

Myerscough: Kentish Town Health Centre, London

Detail of  Kentish Town Health Center (2008), Photo: Supergrouplondon

Morag’s identity of  Kentish Town Health Center differs a lot from colour composition and typography of a conventional health center. It set a new standard for the National Health Service, that centered around the patient.

Entrance Hall and check-in at Kentish Town Health Center provide an uplifting atmosphere for both staff and patients.

The building was created to represent a new thinking on holistic healthcare, connectivity, flexibility and transparency. Through the concept of fusing of health practice, architecture and art, the resulting building lifts the spirits of both staff and patients. Consulting rooms and stairs allow views into a triple height central street and a waiting area around which the plan is organised.

Kentish Town Health Centre, Morag Myerscrough

Lettering at entrance of  Kentish Town Health Center

The project is also exemplary in its approach to sustainability and includes the use of recycled materials, natural ventilation and night-time purging of internal space temperatures. The project is another example of Morag‘s extremely successful liaison with architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) Kentish Town Health Center was completed in 2008 and it was lavished with awards, including the Building magazine’s ‘Public Building Project of the Year’ and an RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Award for Architecture.

Photos: AHMM

→ Platform, council run arts venue for young people, Islington (2010)

Platform Islington, Neon Lettering by Morag Myerscrough, 2010

The historic bathhouse in Hornsey Road Baths was converted to a creative meeting venue for young people by Islington Council.

Morags latest project is Platform, a project that has transformed the former public swimming pool into a youth arts venue and workshop in Islington, north London.  Young people were actively involved in running every aspect of the building and project. There are Platform classes exploring a variety of arts including theater, dance, music and film.

Cut & Paste Neon Installation by Morag Myerscough

Morag designed neon signs for the various rooms within the building, for which Platform’s potential users devised eccentric, alternative names like ‘CUT & PASTE’ for the editing suites.

Islington Council can offer the local youth a  stunning new platform for creativity. The project location consists of a 100-seat theatre, a 150-seat performance space, media suites, a recording studio, dance studio and a cafe with signage to engage with young people from the area who use the facility. For wayfinding, Morag developed neon lettering marks to create the identity for the venue and inspire its guests and staff.

Photos: Supergrouplondon

: Neon Lettering

Neon Scribble by Morag Myerscough

Neon scribble, exhibited at the Anti Design Festival, 2010. Photo: © Supergrouplondon

Morag often works in collaboration with other members of Supergroup London.

Follow Morag to her journey of how places can be turned into rooms of unique perception at TYPO London. Interested? Register now!

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TYPO London contest winner week 10: Where do we go?

Congratulations to our contest winner of week 10 (see all entries of contest week 10 here). He/she has won one ticket for TYPO London, this photo was drawn by our random generator from 41 entries. Our contest will run until Sunday October, 16th – so you have another TWO chances to win a ticket for TYPO London!

If you want to win a TYPO London ticket, just email your pictures to places@typolondon.com (the name of the picture goes into the subject area and the location into the content area of your email). You will be sent a password that functions as the password for your MyTYPO-Login, which you will need for uploading, editing or deleting your contest entries. You will also need this later on for viewing your myTYPO-programme.

If you don’t want to rely on your luck for winning a ticket, you can buy one now. If you are a student, don’t forget our limited FontFont-student tickets! If you are a group of up to 5 people – get the friends deal.

TYPO speeches that moved us: Christian Schwartz – Couture Type and The New York Times

In 2007, Christian Schwartz was commissioned to create a new typeface for »T«, the New York Times Style Magazine, that would embody the current moment in fashion. In his lecture Schwartz showed how he and Paul Barnes settled on the basic design of the face, discussed how typography influences the personality of a magazine, and explained why not all typefaces have to last forever …

Christians speech was celebrated by editorial designers. Groups of them were repeatedly observed discussing it. What follows editorial print design? To find out register for TYPO London!

Win a ticket to TYPO London!

Win a ticket to TYPO London 2011!

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To celebrate the first TYPO London, FontShop.com offers the chance to win a free ticket to admit one delegate through the latest newsletter. Tell us why you want to attend TYPO London by completing the sentence in the comments section, and you may attend this year’s most exciting design event in London, for free*! The lottery closes on Friday, September 30th at midnight. The winner will be noticed by e-mail.

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