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Type Brigade Special: Commercial Type

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Kenneth O.


Commercial Type (, the highly respected type design studio based in London and New York, are touring North America this fall. On September 1st, 2015, Vancouver will be their first stop for a very special Type Brigade!

• Doors: 7:00PM

• Talks begin: 7:30PM

• No admittance during talks

It’s not just about the money, it’s not just about the art. Five years of Commercial Type.

For the past five years Paul Barnes and Christian Schwartz have been running one of the most exciting and influential type foundries, Commercial Type, with offices in New York and London. They have managed to create both popular and critically acclaimed typefaces for a diverse range of organisations, from the Guardian Newspaper, Vanity Fair magazine, to shirt numbers for Puma at the FIFA 2010 World Cup. Their designs vary from the utilitarian Graphik and Stag, through to the playful and expressive Dala Floda and Marian. They will talk about the processes behind their designs, balancing the needs for expression, self expression and functionalism.

Commercial Type ( is an internationally known typefoundry with offices in London and New York. Formed by designers Paul Barnes and Christian Schwartz,they have been collaborating since 2004 on various projects, including the award winning Guardian family. The foundry has been publishing new retail typefaces created by Commercial Type’s own staff and outside collaborators since 2008. Many of these designs such as Atlas, Austin, Graphik, Guardian, Lyon and Stag have enjoyed widespread success, while others such as Dala Floda and Marian have shown a continual interest in pushing the boundaries of modern type design.

About Type Brigade

Type Brigade is Vancouver’s type speaker series. Every other month, we host two talks: one on typography, and one on type design. Speaker nights are free to attend and everyone is welcome to join the meetup. Previous speakers have included Celeste Martin of Emily Carr University, type designer Ross Milne, Alanna Munro of, and Dalton Maag co-founder Bruno Maag.


This special edition of Type Brigade is sponsored by CodeCore (, who are kindly letting us use their headquarters for the event!

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 or take a look at the perks (

Additional information

We’ll be photographing and possibly 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 ( If you have questions about the event, you can always contact . Your concerns are always taken seriously.

Follow us

Make sure you follow @typebrigade on Twitter (, and mention us if you have any questions. You should also let @commercialtype ( know how excited you are that they’re coming for a visit.

See you at the event!
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142 W Hastings St. · Vancouver, BC
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