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Take 10 with… Anthony Hos

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DA Workshop Wellington: ‘Wine & Type’ with Nicole Arnett Phillips and Sarah Maxey — Thursday 20th September

O’Wine & Type’
with Nicole Arnett Phillips and Sarah Maxey
20th September
6—9pm
Victoria University of Wellington,
Faculty of Architecture and Design
139 Vivian Street
Te Aro, Wellington, 6011

Early bird (ends 14th September) $69 Professional / $49 Design Assembly Friend (+ GST)
$89 Professional / $69 Design Assembly Friend (+ GST)
(Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here).

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Typography (like language) is expressive as well as functional. We most often think of the expressive qualities regarding volume, tone and voice. But type can equally convey a mood, an event, a sense of place, time and culture. Type also expresses sensory characteristics like taste and smell.*

So, what lettering style comes to mind when indulging in your favourite wines? Think about the robust boldness of Shiraz, the crisp refreshment of a Sauvignon blanc, the light spice of a Pinot Noir, the smoothness of a Merlot, or the delicacy of sparkling Pinot? All of these sensory characteristics have their own aesthetic.

After a brief introduction of themselves and their work, Nicole and Sarah will guide participants through a wine tasting, drawing based workshop where they will use visual language to convey the characteristics of New Zealand’s wine culture in a series of guided briefs (to design a sequence of wine labels). It is a social and interactive evening, sure to delight the senses!

You’ll learn lettering techniques, some of the science behind typographic allusion, play with identity ideas, and get insight into a leading agencies approach to beverage branding. You’ll swill, sniff (and probably slug!) a few wines over nibbles, meet other designers, have the ability to ask questions and visually explore the qualities of four wines we will sample through the event.


About the facilitators: Nicole Arnett Phillips (TypographHer) introduces herself as loving letters, layout and ink, but the accomplished document designer and printmaker confesses she enjoys wine *almost* as much as type & print! After collaborating with Sarah Hyndman on gathering data for her type tasting research in 2015.  Nicole hosted three food, wine and type matching dinners in Australia, and two wine & design drawing workshops before she moved home to New Zealand in December 2017 (where she has spent the summer reacquainting herself with her favourite NZ wines)!

Graphic designer Sarah Maxey’s distinctive work has graced publications worldwide, including the New York Times and many literary books. She was Design Manager for Bloomsbury Publishing in London in the mid-90s, and has run her own studio since. She has won numerous awards, including the 2011 BEST Awards Purple Pin and a Certificate of Excellence from the International Society of Typographers.


 

 

 

*Based on the groundbreaking research by Sarah Hyndman (Type Tasting), in collaboration with Charles Spence’s (Professor of Experimental Psychology & University Lecturer, Somerville College, UK). 


Terms and Conditions: If you cancel your ticket more than 8 days ahead of the workshop, 100% of your ticket will be refunded. Within 7 days of the workshop, 50% of the ticket price will be refunded or you can transfer your ticket to another Design Assembly workshop within a year.

 

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DA Workshop Auckland: ‘Wine & Type’ with Nicole Arnett Phillips and Craig Black — Thursday 17th May

‘Wine & Type’
with Nicole Arnett Phillips and Craig Black
17th May
6—9pm
Thievery Studio
203 Karangahape Road, Newton
Auckland

Early bird (ends 3rd May) $85 Professional / $65 Design Assembly Friend (+ GST)
$99 Professional / $79 Design Assembly Friend (+ GST)
(Not a DA Friend? Details on how to sign up can be found here).

Eventbrite - Wine & Type' with Nicole Arnett Phillips and Craig Black

With thanks to  Crafters Union  for being our refreshment partner


Typography (like language) is expressive as well as functional. We most often think of the expressive qualities regarding volume, tone and voice. But type can equally convey a mood, an event, a sense of place, time and culture. Type also expresses sensory characteristics like taste and smell.*

So, what lettering style comes to mind when indulging in your favourite wines? Think about the robust boldness of Shiraz, the crisp refreshment of a Sauvignon blanc, the light spice of a Pinot Noir, the smoothness of a Merlot, or the delicacy of sparkling Pinot? All of these sensory characteristics have their own aesthetic.

After a brief introduction of themselves and their work, Nicole and Craig will guide participants through a wine tasting, drawing based workshop where they will use visual language to convey the characteristics of New Zealand’s wine culture in a series of guided briefs (to design a sequence of wine labels). It is a social and interactive evening, sure to delight the senses!

You’ll learn lettering techniques, some of the science behind typographic allusion, play with identity ideas, and get insight into a leading agencies approach to beverage branding. You’ll swill, sniff (and probably slug!) a few wines over nibbles, meet other designers, have the ability to ask questions and visually explore the qualities of four Crafters Union wines we will sample through the event.


About the facilitators: Nicole Arnett Phillips (TypographHer) introduces herself as loving letters, layout and ink, but the accomplished document designer and printmaker confesses she enjoys wine *almost* as much as type & print! After collaborating with Sarah Hyndman on gathering data for her type tasting research in 2015.  Nicole hosted three food, wine and type matching dinners in Australia, and two wine & design drawing workshops before she moved home to New Zealand in December 2017 (where she has spent the summer reacquainting herself with her favourite NZ wines)!

Craig Black is a talented illustrator, passionate letterer and energetic design advocate based in Glasgow. As well as running Craig Black Design, he is also the Lead Designer at Thirst Craft — a specialist drinks packaging design agency that builds creatively rare, commercially sound, brands for the beverage industry. Over the last two years, Craig has created some of the most memorable and celebrated wine and beer labels in the design industry. Craig will be speaking at The Design Conference 2018 in Brisbane.

Despite being on opposite sides of the globe, Nicole and Craig have been collaborating on Artwork since 2016, including their acclaimed lettering meets letterpress series.


 


 

*Based on the groundbreaking research by Sarah Hyndman (Type Tasting), in collaboration with Charles Spence’s (Professor of Experimental Psychology & University Lecturer, Somerville College, UK). 


Terms and Conditions: If you cancel your ticket more than 8 days ahead of the workshop, 100% of your ticket will be refunded. Within 7 days of the workshop, 50% of the ticket price will be refunded or you can transfer your ticket to another Design Assembly workshop within a year.

 

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By Day/By Night: Caroline Powley, Whitecliffe

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DA Film: Helvetica, 10th Anniversary Screening in Auckland

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DA Workshop: The Essentials of Typography with Nicole Arnett Phillips, 27 May, Auckland

Join Brisbane-based type designer Nicole Arnett Phillips aka TypographHer, for this full-day, hands-on typography workshop in Auckland:

The Essentials of Typography – Everything about type that you didn’t learn at school!
Saturday 27th May
10am–4.00pm

Yoobee, Level 4 workspace
3 City Road
Auckland CBD

$350 Professional / $250 Design Assembly Friend (Not a DA Friend? Click here for details on how to sign up). 
$150 DA Student Friend (Not a DA Student Friend? Click here for details on how to sign up). 


Refreshments from Atomic Coffee and Serious Popcorn. Thanks Guys!


I attended Auckland University of Technology, and our curriculum was broad. We had an introduction to typography, its historical context, pairing typefaces and the fundamental geometry of the major type classifications — barely scratching the surface of type as a discipline.

At the time (15+ years ago) design schools were moving away from drawing (and making) toward more fast-paced, digital production practices, so I soon realised that I needed to create a personal investigative practice that trained my eye, developed my hand, and nurtured my curiosity for the mechanics of typography. I began interrogating letters (and typefaces) hoping to unlock their dirty little secrets. My method of visual research was tactile and analogue. I would draw, trace, and scale characters, rotate and reverse them, crop them and recreate them.

This craft based learning (after graduation) was where my type education began. Analogue craftsmanship demands you to be resourceful and clever, I value the freedom that comes from working slow, with my hands, and without the safety net of {cmd+Z} to undo. Crafting and interrogating letterforms in this way is the best medium to learn the finer details of typography, lettering and type design.

In this one day workshop I will share some of what I have learned as well as my techniques for interrogating, drawing (and learning) about type. We will explore all the things you didn’t learn about type design and typography at school, using craft to unlock type’s dirty little secrets.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Exploring the origins, anatomy, and vernacular of typography.
  • Understanding recognition, legibility, archetypal forms, and the visual logic of typography.
  • Using varied techniques for creating typography by hand.
  • Gaining insight into the maths (geometry) and magic (common optical illusions/adjustments) used in typography.
  • Participants will also deepen their understanding of typographic tone, what sounds look like, and the relationship between visual and verbal language.

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A man you need to know: Robert Coupland Harding, Part IV

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DA Workshop, Hand Lettering with Kelly Spencer, 08 April Wgtn

Join Kelly Spencer, hand-letterer, designer and illustrator, for this full-day, Wellington-based typography workshop.

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Workshop Summary
Take a well earned break from points and pixels in a 1 day intensive workshop studying the craft of hand lettering, with Wellington lettering artist Kelly Spencer.

Learning Outcomes
Workshop attendees will learn a range of practical hand lettering skills, building confidence in the creation of structured letterforms and design layout. Kelly will share her process through live demonstrations and explanations. A small class size allows the benefit of one on one time with Kelly, and students are encouraged to allow their individual style to flow, crafting their own custom design whilst being guided through tips and techniques for refinement.

The class will cover selection of materials, instruction on the execution of different alphabet styles, and the practical application of hand lettering to a custom illustration, exploring weight, shape and space.

Materials needed
Mechanical pencil, ink pen, eraser, ruler, tracing paper, paper stock.
20 people maximum.


About Kelly
Operating from Honey Badgers Studios in central Wellington, Kelly is a full time freelance illustrator best known for her beautifully crafted hand lettering. Whilst being primarily based in Wellington, Kelly loves to travel, and aims to head overseas at least once a year, painting walls across the world. She’ll also jump at any opportunity to explore and decorate homeland NZ.

Kelly’s creative style is characterised by a bold use of colour, curvaceous forms, clean lines, and hints of old-school. This broad approach allows her the freedom to design across a wide variety of media, and she enjoys creating both in-studio or out on the streets, adorning surfaces large and small with her colourful forms. Adventures to date include murals/street art, sign painting, book illustration, web design, apparel graphics, festival — gig branding, identity design and set design.

The fluidity of freelance life often leads to projects which allow collaboration with other artists across a variety of mediums. In addition to her contract work, Kelly is one of 5 directing members of The League of Live Illustrators — a lively and glittery team of graphic facilitators for hire.

Kelly does not engage in conversation before consuming coffee in the mornings, but is henceforth a social creature, taking great delight in the company of the 8 other talented creatives she shares her studio with. On the rare occasions where she’s not drawing, Kelly will be found sharing chardonnay with friends, practicing yoga, and patting other people’s dogs.

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DA Workshop: The Essentials of Typography with Nicole Arnett Phillips, 27 May 2017, Auckland

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Designing with Type: Wayne Thompson

Join Australian Type Foundry‘s Wayne Thompson in this two-day workshop exploring both the hand-rendered and digital world of expressive lettering.


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Day 1: With an emphasis on doing rather than watching, we will introduce you to the world of expressive handlettering. After starting with an examination of different styles, we will explore ways to fit words together, make creative joins between letters, learn how to do flourishing and look at examples of various handlettering styles. You will also get the opportunity to test out various types of handlettering tools including ruling pens, broad-nib pens and brushes. You will work on your own handlettered piece and Wayne will show you through his process of sketching and refining using tracing paper. You will get personal guidance from Wayne, and you’ll learn new techniques, inspiration and enthusiasm for expressive lettering.

Day 2: Bring your computer and Adobe Illustrator software to learn how to digitise your sketches from the previous day. We’ll cover basic vectoring techniques — including some simple stuff which, surprisingly, most professionals don’t know — and methods for getting your vectors smooth, sweet and economical. There will also be instruction on adding embellishments and shadowing, lots of real-life examples, and demos on how to make your digital work sing.


WHAT TO BRING:

Wayne says, “Bring whatever pens/pencils you would normally draw with, a ruler, a rubber, scissors, and a sketchbook if you like, and also:

– A brush pen. There are lots of kinds, I find the Tombow ABT’s to be very good.

– Greaseproof paper or tracing paper (NOT baking paper, because it doesn’t take the brushpens well).

– Computer with Illustrator installed for the Sunday (only).

WHAT TO AVOID: 

It’s best NOT to buy Copic Ciao markers, which look like this: www.eckersleys.com.au/products/copic-ciao-markers  because the brush tip bends in a particular way which makes learning the techniques difficult.

Please don’t spend a lot of time hunting down specific pens, these are just recommendations and it doesn’t matter too much what kind of pen you buy. It’s the technique and practice that makes the difference.”

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wayne-lettering-tools

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