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Type Brigade №24: Cult & Obsession

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Kenneth O.


Type Brigade is Vancouver’s typography and type design meetup. We’re excited to announced that Type Brigade №24 is on February 18th.

• Doors: 6:30PM

• Talks begin: 7:00PM

• No admittance during talks

Every other month, Type Brigade hosts one typography and one type design talk. For our first event of the new year, we’ll hear from artists Emma Metcalfe Hurst & Ingrid Olauson, and type designer Ross Milne.

Cult Typography: The Harlequin Romance as Critical Aesthetic

Looking back historically at type as a form of branding and voice, the cult typography of the Harlequin Romance novel will be revived in conversation. Topics such as myth, desire, fantasy and projection will serve as a basis to reflect on the collaborative and research based project Ingrid and Emma undertook for their photo and text based Harlequin Novel project Paradise Passes Through Here. By mimicking the poetic affectiveness of the pulp aesthetic, a connection will be drawn in relation to the politics of Feminist discourse and it's recognition in conceptual art.

Ingrid Olauson is a writer from Vancouver, BC whose criticism and poetry has been a platform for collaborative works with other artists. She is a BFA candidate at Emily Carr University in Critical and Cultural Practices.

Emma Metcalfe Hurst is an artist, writer and student from Vancouver, BC currently working towards her BFA in Critical and Cultural Practices with a minor in Curatorial Studies at Emily Carr University. Investigating different forms of collaboration frames her research and material practice, often resulting in an electric variety of languages. Presently, Metcalfe Hurst is the assistant curator at Access Gallery and an active member of AVENUE, an artist-run gallery which exhibits emerging and experimental artists.

When is a typeface done? The process of development of Charlie & Echo

For now, Ross Milne’s new typefaces Charlie & Echo ( are done. Recently release through the Typotheque (, with support for over 140 languages across Latin, Cyrillic and Greek scripts, eleven weights with corresponding italics, numerous figure styles, expanded icons, arrows and too many currency symbols to count, it’s fair to say that Charlie has grown bigger than ever envisioned. He’ll share some of the process in getting to that point at Type Brigade №24.

Ross Milne is a type designer and founding member of the design studio Working Format ( He completed his postgraduate studies at the Type & Media program at the KABK in The Hauge, Netherlands, and has gone onto regularly work with Typotheque there, and Commercial Type in New York. He currently teaches type design at Emily Carr University.

Custom Numerals

We signify each Type Brigade with a new set of custom-lettered numerals. Last time, Riley Cran ( designed our fantastic №23. Leading up to the event, we’ll reveal the new №24 by our resident letterer Andrea Husky (


Type Brigade is sponsored by Mobify (, Port Paper Co, ( and Chloi Inc. (

Chloi helps sponsor overhead for Type Brigade. If your team needs expertise on building mobile and web apps efficiently, contact us (

Mobify kindly lets us use their headquarters. They’re always welcoming, and also hiring! Learn more about careers at Mobify (

Our friends at Port Paper Co. are sponsoring this event’s print. They are a impressive, custom letterpress studio and producer of fine paper goods. Print like it's 1450 all over again! (

If you or your company is interested in sponsoring drinks at this meetup, or being part of a future event, send me an email at .

Additional information

We’ll be photographing and potentially filming during the meetup. The photos and video clips may be published on the Type Brigade websites or circulated to promote future meetups. If you have questions or concerns about that, please contact Kenneth at .

Soda and beer are both available at the event. Please bring proper ID if you’d like to have any of the latter.

After the talks, we’ll walk to a nearby venue for food and drinks, and to continue our conversations. We’d love for you to join us!

Code of Conduct

Type Brigade strives to create a welcoming environment for everyone, which we commit to through our attendee, organiser, speaker, and sponsor Code of Conduct (

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Make sure you follow @typebrigade on Twitter (, and mention us if you have any questions.

See you at the event!
Mobify HQ
#300 - 948 Homer St · Vancouver, BC
How to find us

Look for the Chintz & Co. building and take the staircase on the left. You'll see the entrance for Mobify up the stairs.

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