St Bride’s unveils line up for type event

St Bride, the printing and graphic arts library, has announced the line-up of speakers for its seventh annual design conference.

Taking the theme Seeking Inspiration: Creative Thinking Around the Design Process, the conference will feature diverse contributions from a broad range of key speakers including the secretary of Alliance Graphique Internationale, and designer of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album cover, George Hardie; artist, designer, typographer and cook Jake Tilson; William Hall, designer for Giorgio Locatelli’s cookbook Made in Italy; independent type designer Jeremy Tankard; German typographer and designer Erik Spiekermann and Karel Martens, author of the book Printed Matter.

‘We wanted to have a broad range of ideas on the theme of inspiration, from householdname designers like George Hardie talking about how to sustain a 40-year career, to younger designers explaining their take on their own practice,’ explains organiser Catherine Dixon, a volunteer for Friends of St Bride and part-time designer and lecturer.

The speakers will tackle subjects including inspiration through collaboration, handlettered headlines, graphic design and the international logging and paper industries, and even whether inspiration ‘kills’ design.

Throughout the day, there will be live demonstrations of letterpress from Helen Ingham, calligraphy from Paul Antonio and bookbinding from Michael Burke and Dominic Riley. The event will take place on 15-16 at Bridewell Hall, London.

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