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.
In our first year we hosted eight free events to bring Vancouver’s type community together. Type Brigade has hosted many incredible speakers, including:
- Bruno Maag of Dalton Maag, for his first ever type talk in Canada
- Alanna Munro, on the process behind Local Lettering
- Ross Milne, on his type family Echo for Typotheque
- Ivanna McConnell, on typographic identity and Cyrillic writing system
- Paul Barnes & Christian Schwartz of Commercial Type, who kicked-off their North American tour at Type Brigade
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.
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.
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.