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Type Brigade №26: Breakpoints & Flashpoints

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Kenneth O.


UPDATE: Type Brigade №26 has been moved from Mobify HQ to Hootsuite HQ (,+Vancouver,+BC+V5T+1R6,+Canada/@49.26382,-123.104321,16z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x548673e05ada6b25:0xf2e7edb5ea37a9e?hl=en-US).

Type Brigade is Vancouver’s typography and type design meetup. We’re excited to announced that Type Brigade №26 is on June 4th, featuring two talented interaction designers and typographers: Ivana McConnell and Travis Gertz.

• Doors: 6:30PM

• Talks begin: 7:00PM

• No admittance during talks

Ivana McConnell – Flashpoints

Ellen Lupton wrote, “Typography is the art of designing letterforms and arranging them in space and time.” Cyrillic letterforms are associated with a time and space of great conflict, irrevocably tied up with language and identity. This talk will explore how we can look to history, be inspired by it and learn from it, but also take into account what effect our decisions will have in the future—typography is often more powerful than we give it credit for.

Ivana McConnell ( is an interaction designer in Vancouver, making things at Myplanet ( When not working, she sometimes teaches people about the wonders of interaction design and code, but most of her free time is spent rambling around the city and mountains with her wife and her jack russell terrier in search of good rock climbing and good food.

Travis Gertz – Breakpoints

The co-founder of Louder Than Ten (, Travis Gertz ( has been designing user interfaces, editorial publications, and encouraging smart design for over a decade. He grew up swinging hammers, spinning wrenches, building cabins, and tearing down motorcycles. Maybe it was the elation of manipulating machine and material into something greater. Maybe it was the fear of one day losing a finger with a skill saw. Somehow this lead him to a career working the less metallic, but equally raw materials of the internet.

Custom Numerals

We signify each Type Brigade with a new set of custom-lettered numerals. Our “26” numeral was designed by Alanna Munro (, especially for us. They are inspired by the intersection, multiple points of view, and co-existence on screens and among people we’ll hear about in Travis and Ivana’s talks.


Type Brigade is sponsored by Hootsuite & Port Paper Co. (

UPDATE Hootsuite ( is kindly letting us use their headquarters after some repairs were necessary at our regular location 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 filming 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 .

Beer is available at the event, making it 19+ with minors not permitted. Soda is also available. If you are under 19 and hoping to attend, or have any questions about this, please contact Kenneth as early as possible and we are happy to make arrangements: .

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 is a professional event with no tolerance for harassment. We strive to create a welcoming, safe environment to learn, for people of all backgrounds, and we’re committed to enforcing this 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!
Hootsuite Headquarters
5 East 8th Avenue · Vancouver, BC
How to find us

We have moved from Mobify to Hootsuite! We will be waiting to sign you in at the main entrance.

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