Typography goes to Buckingham Palace

Queen's Anniversary Prize group photo

We weren’t allowed to take photographs inside the Palace, so here are staff and students in the courtyard, still in a daze after the splendid ceremony and being presented to the Duke of Edinburgh (who, it can be revealed, likes his iPad because the type is big enough to read). From left to right: Edward Liu (MA Information Design), Pooja Saxena (MA Typeface Design), Eric Kindel, Paul Luna, Jeanne-Louise Moys (PhD student), Hannah Smith (BA Graphic Communication, Part 3), Sue Walker. Jake Giltsoff (BA Graphic Communication, Part 2) escaped before the picture was taken.

Reading alumni carve poems into the Yorkshire moors

Pip Hall and Wayne Hart carving letters on the Yorkshire moors

A series of seven poems by Simon Armitage are being carved into stones on the moors along the Pennine Watershed in Yorkshire by Reading Typography alumni Pip Hall and Wayne Hart. This short film shows Pip at work.

The Stanza Stones project is a collaboration between Mr Armitage, the Ilkley Literary Festival and imove, Yorkshire’s cultural project for the London 2012 Olympics.

The poems will be designed by lettercarver Pip Hall and carved by her and her apprentice, Wayne Hart, with some of the work taking place on location.

The first verses to be completed, on Pule Hill, were done on location and took a month to complete, with each of the 360 characters taking between seven and 10 minutes to carve.

Pip Hall carving

Pip Hall said: ‘It feels quite a responsibility to try and make something which I feel very happy with and something which is hopefully going to enhance the landscape and people’s enjoyment of those areas.’

Pip is training Wayne Hart with the support of a two-year Apprenticeship Scheme run by the Memorial Arts Charity.

Read more and watch the video at BBC Leeds & West Yorkshire. (Top picture: BBC; lower picture: Ilkley Literature Festival)

Our students do Good for Nothing

Reading University Design does Good for Nothing from Good for Nothing on Vimeo.

Twenty-seven Typography & Graphic Communication students worked on creative briefs for four innovative social and environmental causes. Lots of enthusiasm, brilliant work and new Good for Nothingers recruited!

Thanks to Anouk van den Eijnde at Pipeline Project/Good for Nothing for setting up the clients, being so encouraging and making the film.

See more about the project here, here and here.

Wednesday seminar: Apsmart

Daniel Lewington

Daniel Lewington of Apsmart will be speaking to our MAs on Wednesday 22 February at 4pm. Daniel is Apsmart’s Head of Strategy and User Experience, and he previously worked at some of Europe’s leading agencies, including Dare, agency.com, Method, and The Brand Union in London, and Sinnerschrader in Hamburg. During that time he has occupied roles as Creative Director, User Experience Director, Managing Client Director, and Head of Digital.

Art/Typography talks (continued) …

Sara De Bondt & Antony Hudek | Occasional Papers
Wednesday 8 February 2012
Nike theatre, Agriculture  | 2–2.50pm

Founded in 2008 by graphic designer Sara De Bondt and art historian Antony Hudek, Occasional Papers is 
a non-profit publisher of affordable books devoted to the histories of art, design, and film. OP titles are distributed by Central Books in the UK, Motto in the EU and Textfield in the US and have included re-printings of texts and book works by artists such as Stephen Willlats, Lizzie Borden, John Latham, and Art in Ruins, alongside commentaries on the work of designers such as Ken Briggs. In 2009 they published The Form of the Book Book, a collection of essays on book design, following a conference organised by Sara De Bondt and Fraser Muggeridge at St Bride Library in London. Antony Hudek is currently a Mellon Research Fellow at University College London and Sara De Bondt runs her design studio, combining book and graphic design work with teaching at KASK in Ghent.

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