To all members of the Vancouver Web Typography Meetup Group, I am excited to announce we have a new name: Type Brigade! You can read about the changes on our new website, typebrigade.com.
We also have a new event schedule for June 24th at Mobify HQ in Yaletown. That’s one floor below where Bringhurst’s classic The Elements of Typographic Style was published.
Why the name Type Brigade? It signals a change in format: two talks, 25 minutes each, followed by a five minute Q&A. It’s free to attend. Additionally, it’s a commitment to focusing on type design as much as typography.
We have two amazing speakers who will be presenting at Type Brigade №20: Celeste Martin and Neil Kandalgaonkar.
Celeste Martin is an Assistant Professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She has a background in communication design, and specialises in typography, researches at the university’s Social + Interactive Media Centre, and is the editor of the award-winning design research journal Current.
Neil Kandalgaonkar is a technologist who says “Sometimes, when a typeface I like becomes popular, I want to say ‘I loved you first.’” He's worked on sites like Google, Flickr, and Wikipedia, often with a focus on usability. He'll talk about the secret history of Native American typesetting and typeface design, and how he designed a Cherokee font that broke with 200 years of tradition.
We’ll be sharing more details about their talks on the new Type Brigade website soon.
If you have any questions about our new name, getting involved, or what’s coming up in the future, feel free to send me an email at [masked] or mention @TypeBrigade on Twitter.
See you at the event!