This talk will talk type, and we’re thrilled to welcome Erik Spiekermann, presenting his career in type, old and new technologies and how he utilises them both in the work he produces today.
We’ll also hear from Jonathan Doney, the current Chair of the International Society of Typographic Design (ISTD) who will not only introduce Erik, a board member and former President of ISTD, but also talk about the society and how it has become recognised as the authoritative body for typography worldwide.
Warning: This lecture may contain four-letters words* and a German accent. Erik is presuming the audience will have an advanced knowledge of typographic terms and an interest in words and letters.
Erik will talk about the path from letterpress printer to graphic/type designer and back to letterpress printer. He will tell us stories about the studios he has started along the way notably MetaDesign and Edenspiekermann which are both operational in several countries. How he invented the digital distribution of fonts with FontShop, designed lots of typefaces and today has ‘progressed’ to making digital typefaces into wood type. He now runs an experimental letterpress workshop [www.p98a.com] in Berlin that designs, prints and publishes using amongst other things over 500 cases of wood type from 8 to 60 Cicero, the German equivalent of a ‘line’, aka 1 pica, but about 7% larger. (You were warned about the advanced knowledge of typographic terms!)
Erik always follows the motto “Don't work for arseholes, don’t work with arseholes”.
*The Yanks say that Erik has a potty mouth!
The ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers) was formed in 1928 and this evening we welcome Jonathan Doney, the current Chair, to talk about the things he loves and hates about typography; how it can be great fun; how it can make him very angry – and he’s not normally an angry man. He will also talk about ISTD its history and development; its role in the professional and educational arena and what it means to be a member today. ISTD will have an info table with examples of their beautiful journals and other publications in the foyer prior to and after the talk which will be for sale.
Erik Spiekermann – art historian, printer, type designer (Meta, Officina, Unit, Info, Fira et al) information architect, author. Founder MetaDesign ’79, Font-Shop ’89. Honorary Royal Designer for Industry Britain 2007. TDC Medal & National German Lifetime Achievement Award 2011, etc. Now Edenspiekermann Berlin, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Singapur. Lives in Berlin, London & San Francisco. A book about his life and work, Hello I am Erik was published by Gestalten Verlag in 2014.
Jonathan Doney – a Fellow of the International Society of Typographic Designers and is currently its Chair. He holds membership of the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen and the Fine Press Book Association. He has previously been a member of ATypI, Type Directors' Club New York and the Institute of Paper, Printing and Publishing. Jonathan worked in industry for 18 years, winning several awards before devoting 24 years to teaching typography and typographic design in colleges and universities. He has lectured and run workshops in typography and letterpress extensively both in the UK and abroad.
Erik and Jonathan return to Bristol 11 years after their first trip here together on their ISTD ‘Kern Up the Volume’ tour when they really wanted a branded tour bus but had to settle for public transport!