Not so many years ago, typography wasn’t part of the popular vernacular. Today, I meet typographers that work as marketers, artists, developers, start-up entrepreneurs, lawyers, accountants, and writers. Learning about typography, fonts, and lettering is more popular and relevant than ever before.
Six months ago, Vancouver’s typography meetup was going to shut down. My type designing friends and I took it over, and relaunched it as Type Brigade. (http://typebrigade.com) We’ve had over 120 new members join, hosted seven speakers—from type-designers-turned-programmers to architects—and run our first paid event for Vancouver Design Week (a lettering installation workshop and neon sign tour down Granville St.). We also commission and give away custom letterpress prints from local designers and printers, and are gearing up for our biggest meetup yet in December.
We’re looking for financial help to grow Type Brigade’s educational impact in 2015. We’ll continue to give new and experienced speakers a platform, and to do our part in establishing the kind of collaborative atmosphere we think Vancouver’s design community should have—and hopefully help get it more of the attention it deserves!