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September 28th–30th, 2017 — Typism is back with a new venue, new format and plenty of delicious goodies. Get ready to indulge your obsession for type and lettering, bespoke craft and design, and hands-on learning experiences. All right here on the beautiful Gold Coast.

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The speakers are usually nervous before their talk, but afterwards, they’re ready to let their hair down. Come hang with them at the after party. You’re all invited.

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Typism has two days of workshops with past and present Typism speakers.

All are hands-on with small class sizes and materials supplied.

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Do you wish you could hang out with people as obsessed with beautiful type and lettering as you are?

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You’ve come to the right place. Typism brings together all the type nerds and lettering addicts. We huddle together over coffee, fondle paper samples and talk about ligatures. Come join us.

“I can’t recommend Typism enough. With original insights and inspiration from the field, and opportunities to network with like-minded designers, it was an amazing experience for speakers and attendees alike. Typism was an incredibly well-organised event, and also happens to be next to one of Australia's favourite beaches!”

—Gemma O'Brien: Typism 2013 Speaker

Testimonials from our Attendees

Typism offers a unique conference experience that I always look forward to. I love being surrounded by fellow designers, all with an affinity and unwavering appreciation for typography. It connects kindred spirits within a specialised craft and provides the ideal framework for ongoing self-initiated learning.

Typism’s concentrated display of inspirational, passionate and dedicated typographers keeps me coming back, time after time.

Katelyn Hankinson

Serial Delegate, website

Typism Conference is a must-see event for anyone interested in Graphic Design and Typography.

It doesn’t matter if you have been in the industry for a few years or are still a student. You will leave with knowledge and inspiration you can apply to your career immediately … and it’s happening right here on the Gold Coast!

Aurelie Maron

Speaker and Attendee, website

About Typism

Typism is a three-day type and lettering festival held on Queensland’s beautiful Gold Coast, just a one-hour flight from Sydney or a 40-minute drive from Brisbane. It is the only conference of its kind in Australia.

There are two afternoons of workshops and a full-day conference, which can all be booked separately.

Workshops

If you want hands-on learning, there are two days of masterclasses before the conference. Typism speakers past and present will teach you calligraphy, sign painting, font design, ticket writing, brush lettering, and Art Deco typography.

The four-hour workshops are held at Griffith University. Tickets ($67 / $47) include all materials.

Conference

You’ll hear from a range of amazing national and international speakers willing to share their typography, lettering and business techniques, tips, successes and life lessons with you.

The conference is held on Saturday, September 30 at the Arts Centre Gold Coast.

Tickets ($160 / $120) include all food and drink for the day—morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch.

You will also get a range of gifts from our sponsors and a copy of the Typism Book 3 (valued $38.50) in our now legendary goodie bags.

There will also be a curated vendor hall and an after party, so if you come by yourself, you’ll have made a bunch of letter-obsessed friends by the end of the day!

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Meet your Speakers and Workshop Presenters

Eliza Svikulis

Eliza Svikulis

Letterer, illustrator, designer and budding sign painter from Melbourne

The Eliza Svikulis Variety Hour (in 38 minutes)

Eliza promises you’ll gain an insight into her long-time love affair with letters, the many struggles (and rewards) of self-employment, tips on how to find ‘your style’ and a touch of interpretive dance in her ‘variety hour’ performance.

Clint Harvey

Clint Harvey

Brisbane letterpress printer who is addicted to wood type

Old School New School Wood Type in the 21st Century

Clint has a passion for preserving the traditional arts of typography and printing. His talk will uncover ways in which vintage letterpress techniques can be applied to modern design. He also wants to share the history of typography with the next generation to demonstrate how mastering your craft takes time and dedication.

Maria Montes

Maria Montes

Calligrapher, type designer and hand letterer from Melbourne

Scared Shitless Facing fear and getting out of your comfort zone.

Maria is a freelance designer passionate about letterforms. Originally a textile designer, she now creates typefaces, illustrates lettering and teaches calligraphy. She also loves writing Aussie Shit expressions in as many beautiful ways as possible and is terrified of public speaking.

Brett Piva

Brett Piva

Sign writer and branding designer based in Newcastle

So You Think You Can Type Formal Studies to Experience-Based Realities

Brett’s talk will consist of why the formal studies he experienced during his technical education and degree may not always be the best approach. He will walk you through systematic approaches to drawing quick alphabets and effects and share the strict rules on the correct lettering effects taught long ago and how bending the rules may prove to have better results.
Libbi Reed

Libbi Reed

Gold Coast lettering artist and Griffith University PhD candidate

I Want to do it All Tales of a serial experimenter

Libbi is obsessed with improving her hand lettering and calligraphy skills but also likes to play with new technologies. She is on a quest to improve her handwriting and practices every day. Her talk will advocate why you should do the same.

Dave Coleman

Dave Coleman

Sydney lettering artist, passionate about letterforms

Catching Lightning in a Bottle Lettering, Béziers and Systems

Dave’s talk will discuss concepts around three key points: ‘untamed’, expressive lettering, taming it with Béziers, then putting it to work in a reproducible, useful typeface system.

Phoebe Cornog

Phoebe Cornog

San Diego mural artist and podcaster

Clueless to 100K From part-time freelancers to full-on entrepreneurs
Initially clueless, Roxy Prima and Phoebe Cornog learned through many failures, scary clients, goal setting, and tough love from their business coach how to each make $100K a year. In their Typism talk, you’ll learn the tricks to help you turn your passion into Dolla Dolla bills!
Roxy Prima

Roxy Prima

San Diego mural artist and podcaster

Clueless to 100K From part-time freelancers to full-on entrepreneurs
Initially clueless, Roxy Prima and Phoebe Cornog learned through many failures, scary clients, goal setting, and tough love from their business coach how to each make $100K a year. In their Typism talk, you’ll learn the tricks to help you turn your passion into Dolla Dolla bills!
Nick Misani

Nick Misani

New York designer and lettering artist

Make it New Creating fresh work with historical influence

Nick asks the question in his talk: Is it possible to create work strongly influenced by history that still looks fresh and unexpected? By discussing his process and work, Nick will guide you through the struggles of finding his voice while designing under Louise Fili, and how this journey led him to create the successful passion project that launched his freelance career.

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Wayne Thompson

Wayne Thompson

Type designer and lettering artist from Newcastle

Wayne is the proprietor of Australian Type Foundry (ATF) and has designed a custom font for the ABC. He teaches typeface design and hand lettering classes all over the world.

Matt Vergotis

Matt Vergotis

Logo designer and lettering artist from the Gold Coast

Matt is known to ‘froth’ about three things: surfing, his daughters, and creating customised logos and branding for clients around the world. His brush lettering videos have been viewed on YouTube thousands of times and he is a hero to “lefty” lettering artists all over the world.

Carla Hackett

Carla Hackett

Lettering artist and cat lover from Melbourne

Carla’s love affair with the brush has inspired her to pass on the skill by running regular brush lettering workshops all over Australia with her mentor, former show card and ticket writer Barbara Enright. She also loves Taylor Swift and cats.

Barbara Enright

Barbara Enright

Brush lettering tutor, ticket writer and artist from Sydney

Barbara worked for many decades as a traditional brush lettering artist in department stores. Also described as ‘ticket writing’ it is the art of lettering show cards for display in department stores. With the recent upsurge of interest in brush lettering, she now finds herself travelling the world teaching the craft to a younger generation.

Liss Smith

Liss Smith

Lover of all lettery things. Mama to six amazing people.

Liss will be the official conference sketch note taker for each of the talks. Sketchnoting combines traditional handwritten notes with drawings, symbols, and other creative elements. Look for her shares on social media during the conference.

Dominique Falla

Dominique Falla

Tactile Typographer from Byron Bay and Founder @ Typism

Dominique is the founder of Typism and will be your host and MC for the event.

She talks really fast and swears a lot. Sorry about that.

Workshops: September 28–29

We have organised two afternoons of hands-on workshops with Typism speakers past and present. All workshops run from 2 pm until 6 pm and will be held at Griffith University on the Gold Coast.

All materials are supplied and the classes kept deliberately small so you get plenty of hands-on tuition from your workshop presenter.

Tickets are ($67 / $47) and you can take one workshop on Thursday and one on Friday.

Day One Workshops: Thursday September 28

Art Deco Lettering

Learn the secrets of historical lettering with this hands-on workshop on Art Deco lettering and typography.

Nick Misani: Art Deco Lettering

Thursday: 2pm – 6pm, Buy Ticket

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Popular in the roaring 20s and 30s, this style embodies the glamour, luxury and exuberance of the Great Gatsby Era.

For beginners and experienced letterers alike, this four-hour class will cover the foundations of lettering and briskly segue into dramatic uppercase letterforms, unexpected ligatures, geometric scripts, and ornamentation.

You’ll leave the workshop with:

  • A lettering piece that is both fresh and on-trend (while still being rooted in history) and ready for its Instagram close up.
  • A general knowledge of this glitzy time in design history as well as a list of resources to continue learning about Art Deco typography and design.
  • All the skills you need to infuse the rest of your work with some Jazz-Age glamour.

Nick Misani is a freelance designer and letterer based in New York City. He spent the last three years as the senior designer at Louise Fili Ltd, an award winning design studio specialising in elegant, historically-inspired lettering.

Nick Misani: Art Deco Lettering
Thursday: 2pm – 6pm, Buy Ticket

Signature-Style Logo

Learn how to create a custom brush pen logo with this hands-on signature-style logo workshop.

Matt Vergotis: Signature-style logo

Thursday: 2pm – 6pm, Buy Ticket

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As computers become generic and fonts overused, there is a resurgence in the popularity of unique custom lettering logos. Coca Cola and Disney’s hand lettered logos have stood the test of time because they’re unique and reflect the personality of the brand.

For beginners and experienced letterers alike, this four-hour class will cover the foundations of building muscle-memory using pencil, before creating a logo using brush pens.

You’ll leave the workshop with:

  • An understanding of why custom logo designs are important in a digital age.
  • Improved brush pen skills and a variety of styles and techniques to try with the one pen
  • A signature-style logo for yourself, ready for vectoring.

Gold Coast designer Matt Vergotis is known to ‘froth’ about three things: surfing, his daughters, and creating customised logos and branding for clients around the world. His brush lettering videos have been viewed on YouTube thousands of times and he is a hero to “lefty” lettering artists all over the world.

Matt Vergotis: Signature-Style Logo
Thursday: 2pm – 6pm, Buy Ticket

Quick and Slick Casuals

Learn the techniques of traditional sign painting with this hands-on workshop on painting casual letterforms.

Brett Piva: Quick and Slick Casuals

Thursday: 2pm – 6pm, Buy Ticket

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Casual lettering has been the most commonly used letter style for hand painted display signs, chalkboards, shop front windows and more for generations in the sign trade. It has been practised with unique distinction and bounce for each individual character behind the brush. Now it is commonly seen in many design materials in print and digital mediums to emphasise type.
Learn fun and energetic lettering designed to be efficient and effective using a chiselled edge brush and enamel paint. With close instruction, you’ll first draw the shape of each letter stroke to gain an understanding of shape and consistency within the alphabet.
Each letter is then hand painted with a more fluent action while adding distinction to each letter. Though painted quickly, concentration is focused on brush control, technique, consistency and style working towards the final project of painting your very own sign panel to take home with you.
What you’ll need:
  • Nothing but a grin
What you’ll learn:
  • Controlling a Chiselled Edge Brush
  • Mahl Stick & Hand Over Hand Techniques
  • Alphabet Consistency
  • Consistency in Brush Pressure
  • Distinction and Bounce
  • Working with Enamel Paint
You’ll leave with:
  • A strong understanding of drawing and hand painting Casual Lettering
  • A quick demonstration and practice of Script Lettering
  • Understanding of new materials
  • Casual Lettering Worksheets formatted in step-by-step colour formation
  • Your own hand-painted Sign Panel
  • A ton of bad jokes to impress even your in-laws.
Brett Piva specialises in bespoke, hand crafted lettering, signage and murals. His skill set means the unique elegance of a handmade aesthetic is woven through all of his creations through his successful design and branding studio Pocket Design. Over recent years he has travelled throughout Australia and the world to conduct research and collaborate with everyone from traditional sign painters in country towns, to world renowned artists, and continues to lead workshops that pass his hard-won skills on to new devotees. Learn from a letterer built on tradition but bends the rules to create unique and engaging lettering.

Brett Piva: Quick and Slick Casuals
Thursday: 2pm – 6pm, Buy Ticket

Day Two Workshops: Friday, September 29

Copperplate Calligraphy

Learn the foundations of pointed pen calligraphy with this hands-on copperplate workshop.

Maria Montes: Copperplate Calligraphy

Friday: 2pm – 6pm, Buy Ticket

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For beginners and experienced letterers alike, this four-hour workshop will cover the foundations of letterform construction, rhythm, contrast and letter spacing using walnut ink and a flexible pointed pen. You will also experiment with modern tools such as Pentel Touch brushes.

What You’ll Learn:

  • The difference between calligraphy, lettering and typography;
  • The fundamental elements of the letter: the strokes;
  • Some knowledge of all forms of calligraphy and the tools used to write each script: broad nib pen, flexible pen, ruling pen, bamboo pen and flat brush;
  • You’ll learn that calligraphy directly reflects the movement of the hand. Practicing calligraphy is connecting your brain with your hand and your eye. It is also about having fun and learning by doing.
  • You’ll acquire some serious secret skills to write your best greeting cards to all your family and friends!
  • You will finish this workshop with a piece of work that demonstrates a Copperplate alphabet.

Included in this session:

  • Guidelines for Copperplate calligraphy;
  • Walnut Ink, liquid watercolours, calligraphy pens and paper are supplied;
  • Examples of applied works;
  • Some Spanglish for sure!

Maria is a freelance designer passionate about letterforms. Originally a graphic and textile designer, she now creates typefaces, illustrates lettering and teaches calligraphy.

Maria Montes: Copperplate Calligraphy
Friday: 2pm – 6pm, Buy Ticket

Learn Brush Lettering

Learn the magic of traditional ticket writing with this hands-on workshop on brush lettering.

Carla Hackett and Barbara Enright: Learn Brush Lettering

Friday: 2pm – 6pm, Buy Ticket

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Brush lettering is experiencing a new renaissance with the popularity of hand lettering and brush pens, but the original brush letterers used to use a brush. Look back to the days of department store signage where all display signs were written quickly with a brush.

For beginners and experienced letterers alike, this four-hour class will cover the foundations of letterform construction using a paint brush and acrylic paint.

You’ll leave the workshop with:

  • Some knowledge of the history of ticket writing and show card lettering.
  • Improved brush lettering skills.
  • A piece of work that demonstrates your ticket writing and brush lettering skills.

Carla’s love affair with the brush has inspired her to pass on the skill by running regular brush lettering workshops all over Australia with her mentor, former show card and ticket writer Barbara Enright.

Carla Hackett and Barbara Enright: Learn Brush Lettering
Friday: 2pm – 6pm, Buy Ticket

Design Your Own Typeface

Learn the basics of typeface design with this hands-on workshop where you design your own typeface, ready for digitising.

Wayne Thompson: Design your own Typeface

Friday: 2pm – 6pm, Buy Ticket

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In this informative workshop cunningly disguised as fun, we’ll spend a lazy few hours drawing type on paper. You’ll be tricked into THINKING you’re enjoying yourself when actually you’re being embedded with knowledge and practical techniques. You’ll find out how letters are related by DNA as we extract the whole alphabet from a single origin point.

Pesky type questions like ‘Which letter do I start with?’ and ‘How do I make it legible?’ will be answered. You’ll discover how to construct letters with legibility, rhythm and extra hotness (phwoar), and how to get your spacing looking sexy.

This class focuses on the concept phase of type design, but towards the end, I will demonstrate how the method applies to digitising your letters, and provide a pathway to complete your font on your own.

This workshop is for the everyday designer, not just the type nerds. Even though we’re designing a font, the knowledge gained will improve your typography in general. Students and professionals of any experience level who have an interest in typography. The only skill you need is to be able to draw a bit.

What to bring:

  • A font idea (a few letters is enough).
  • Tolerance of puns.
  • And a hat. Nobody gets in without a hat.

You’ll leave the workshop with:

  • Improved type skills
  • Some casual reference terminology such as ‘stroke contrast’ to impress your boss and obtain a pay rise.
  • A set of cool drawings to build upon.

Wayne is the proprietor of Australian Type Foundry (ATF) and has designed a custom font for the ABC. He teaches typeface design and hand lettering classes all over the world.

Wayne Thompson: Design Your Own Typeface
Friday: 2pm – 6pm, Buy Ticket

Digitising Expressive Lettering

Experiment with lettering using various tools/styles, and discover how to bring your shapes into the digital world using Béziers in this in-depth workshop.

Dave Coleman: Digitising Expressive Lettering

Friday: 2pm – 6pm, Buy Ticket

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For beginners and experienced pros alike, this 4-hour workshop is divided up into three parts. The first is a fun, relaxed, lettering session, involving using a variety of drawing tools to produce expressive and experimental lettering pieces. You will be encouraged to play with different styles, loosen up, and get outside your comfort zone.

Next, you will sift through the pieces you’ve created, choose your favourite, and use tracing paper to iterate and improve your shapes. Once you’re happy with the result, you’ll photograph your work, bring it into Photoshop to prep, and trace it in a font editor using Bézier curves. We’ll discuss best practices, tips for improving your curves, point placement, handy keyboard shortcuts, and workflows to increase your efficiency.

The last part is a bonus round, and is optional. Those that want to join in will gather together to chat about what’s involved in creating a typeface from your lettering—whatever style it may be. We’ll discuss connection systems, how to understand, rationalise and breakdown what’s happening in your original drawing, and even touch upon some basic OpenType features to aid the illusion of organic writing.

You’ll leave the workshop with:

  • A new perspective on lettering-based type design
  • A series of fun hand lettered pieces using different tools
  • A polished, digitised, lettering piece.

What you will need:

  • Laptop
  • Glyphs (trial version available from https://glyphsapp.com/buy) or any other font editor
  • Your favourite drawing tools (we will supply the basics, including markers, pencils and paper).

Sydney lettering artist Dave Coleman is passionate about letterforms, and the impact they have on our day-to-day lives. He also has a super quirky retro-style, a playful sense of fun and wants to capture this in his work.

Dave Coleman: Digitising Expressive Lettering
Friday: 2pm – 6pm, Buy Ticket

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Arts Centre Conference Schedule: Saturday September 30

There will be a coffee cart for your morning fix, and a curated vendor hall for your edification. Please bring your Picatic ticket with you, either digital or printed. Come early so we can give you your personalised lanyard and goodie bag.

Registration

Saturday 8:15 am – 9:00 am

Speaker #1: Eliza Svikulis

Eliza promises you’ll gain an insight into her long-time love affair with letters, the many struggles (and rewards) of self-employment, tips on how to find ‘your style’ and a touch of interpretive dance in her ‘variety hour’ performance.

The Eliza Svikulis Variety Hour (in 38 minutes)

Saturday 9:10 am – 9:50 am

Speaker #2: Clint Harvey

Clint has a passion for preserving the traditional arts of typography and printing. His talk will uncover ways in which vintage letterpress techniques can be applied to modern design. He also wants to share the history of typography with the next generation to demonstrate how mastering your craft takes time and dedication.

Old School New School: Wood Type in the 21st Century

Saturday 9:50 am – 10:30 am

Morning Tea

Speaker #3: Maria Montes

Maria is a freelance designer passionate about letterforms. Originally a textile designer, she now creates typefaces, illustrates lettering and teaches calligraphy. She also loves writing Aussie Shit expressions in as many beautiful ways as possible and is terrified of public speaking.

Scared Shitless: Facing fear and getting out of your comfort zone

Saturday 11:00 am – 11:40 am

Speaker #4: Brett Piva

Brett’s talk will consist of why the formal studies he experienced during his technical education and degree may not always be the best approach. He will walk you through systematic approaches to drawing quick alphabets and effects and share the strict rules on the correct lettering effects taught long ago and how bending the rules may prove to have better results.

So You Think You Can Type: Formal Studies to Experience-Based Realities

Saturday 11:40 am – 12:20 pm

Lunch Break

Speaker #5: Libbi Reed

Libbi is obsessed with improving her hand lettering and calligraphy skills but also likes to play with new technologies. She is on a quest to improve her handwriting and practices every day. Her talk will advocate why you should do the same.

I Want to do it All: Tales of a serial experimenter

Saturday 1:30 pm – 2:10 pm

Speaker #6: Dave Coleman

Dave’s talk will discuss concepts around three key points: ‘untamed’, expressive lettering, taming it with Béziers, then putting it to work in a reproducible, useful typeface system.

Catching Lightning in a Bottle: Lettering, Béziers and Systems

Saturday 2:10 pm – 3:10 pm

Afternoon Tea

Speaker #7: Roxy and Phoebe
Initially clueless, Roxy Prima and Phoebe Cornog learned through many failures, scary clients, goal setting, and tough love from their business coach how to each make $100k a year. In their talk, you’ll learn the tricks to help you turn your passion into Dolla Dolla bills!
Clueless to 100K: From part-time freelancers to full-on entrepreneurs

Saturday 3:40 pm – 4:40 pm

Speaker #8: Nick Misani

By discussing his process and work, Nick will guide you through the struggles of finding his voice while designing under Louise Fili—a master of historical design and meticulous craft—and how this journey led him to create the successful passion project that launched his freelance career.

Make it New: Creating fresh work with historical influence

Saturday 4:40 pm – 5:40 pm

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to party like a rockstar!

The After Party is walking distance from the conference venue.

After Party: Bar One50

Saturday 6:00m – 9:00 pm

Venues

Workshops

Griffith University
Parklands Drive
Southport
QLD 4222

Conference

Arts Centre Gold Coast
135 Bundall Road
Surfer’s Paradise
QLD 4213

Workshops 28–29 Sep • Conference 30 Sep 2017

Conference

Student ticket
$120
  • Eight Speakers
  • Typism Book 3
  • Gifts from our Sponsors
  • Food and Drink all day
  • Curated Vendor Hall
  • After Party.
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Workshop

Student Ticket
$47
  • Four-hours of hands-on learning
  • All materials included.
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Conference

General Ticket
$160
  • Eight Speakers
  • Typism Book 3
  • Gifts from our Sponsors
  • Food and Drink all day
  • Curated Vendor Hall
  • After Party.
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Workshop

General Ticket
$67
  • Four-hours of hands-on learning
  • All materials included.
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Thank you to our Supporters

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and The City of Gold Coast to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland. We are grateful to them for providing financial assistance to bring Nick Misani to the Gold Coast as part of Community Connect. 

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