The Type Brigade

Vancouver’s type design and typography speaker series

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I find, if [designers] speak about anything for long enough, it always comes back to type. — Peter Cocking

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 c0-organizer with my good friend Kenneth Ormandy, relaunching it as speaker series featuring local and international type designers and typographers showcasing their stories and work.

        Celeste Martin, a Professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design presenting on 'Dynamic Typography' in publishing.

        Celeste Martin, a Professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design presenting on 'Dynamic Typography' in publishing.

Year One

In our first year we hosted eight free events to bring Vancouver’s type community together. Type Brigade has hosted many incredible speakers, including:

Photos by various attendees, all shared on Instagram. Photos often feature the custom prints we put together for each event, featuring lettering work by Andrea Husky, Riley Cran, and Cade Cran.

Photos by various attendees, all shared on Instagram.

Photos often feature the custom prints we put together for each event, featuring lettering work by Andrea Husky, Riley Cran, and Cade Cran.

Year Two & Beyond

The Type Brigade team and I hope to help Vancouverites’ interest in type flourish with valuable educational events: this includes special events like the Lost Type Field Trip, 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.

Commercial Type speaking at Type Brigade on the first date of their North American tour.

This was one of our most popular events with an RSVP of 200 and 200+ turning out for the event.

Our annual collaboration with Peter Cocking, one of Canada’s most celebrated book designers: Type Brigade & The Pop-up Museum of Typography. Peter’s class puts on a large exhibition and I host and introduce lightning talks with all the contributors.

Workshops

We have hosted a number of workshops including Calligraphy Lessons with master calligrapher Martin Jackson and collaborations with Vancouver Design Week to create murals and go on design tours.

Ross Milne leads a lettering workshop, with help from Andrea Husky. The space we were in was on the corner of Cordova & Carrall in Vancouver, so we lettered one street name on each wall.

Kenneth hosting Type Brigade №26. Photo by Alicia Carvalho.

Kenneth hosting Type Brigade №26. Photo by Alicia Carvalho.

Lettering for Type Brigade

Each edition of Type Brigade, we commission a commemorative numeral and have a letterpress card printed up for attendees to keep & collect.

Type Brigade is organized by Kenneth Ormandy & Cody Jones, with Alanna MunroAndrea Husky, and Riley Cran. You can find out more on the Type Brigade website or by following @typebrigade.

Thumbnail photo by Andrea Husky.