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Fundraising Friday

Categories: Events

At this month's Likemind coffee morning (Friday 18th March), we'll be fundraising in aid of The British Red Cross Japanese Tsunami Appeal.

The lovely folks at Saint Caffe have very kindly offered to donate some tasty breakfast pastries to the event – so all you need to bring is yourself, a couple of quid and an appetite!

WHERE AND WHEN:
Friday March 18th, Saint Caffe, St Pauls' Square, Birmingham B3 1QS, from 8am until 10am.

See you then for coffee, conversation … and that warm fuzzy feeling you get from being all supportive and charitable and that. Ahhhhh, nice.

Typography and the written word

Categories: Events, Learning things, Useful/interesting

It's just under two weeks until an event which promises to combine two of my favourite things; typography and writing. (Make that three favourite things if you count the fact the event title is a pun. Ahhh, I do like a good pun. But I digress.)

On Wednesday 16th March, Type Writing: A One Day Symposium will "explore the link between the typographer and the writer of words, be their texts literary, commercial, instructional or inspirational; whether they have been produced by a professional writer, graphic auteur or the casual passer-by who has simply given form to his thoughts."

Speakers from the UK, Netherlands, Denmark, USA and New Zealand will cover all manner of curious-sounding topics including 'carving poetry', 'the word as pictures' and 'ouija boards, index typewriters and the ventriloquism of agency in the fin-de-siècle'.

Sounds type-tastic – and highly intriguing. Further details and a booking form can be found over on the Typographic Hub website.
 

Designing the ABC

Categories: Events

Our Supercool new intern, Sarah Wilbois, started yesterday. A graphic design graduate from Mainz in Germany, she's with us on a 2-month internship programme run by the Principia School of Language in Worcestershire.

We're hoping Sarah'll get lots out of her time with us … not least because she very kindly came bearing a gift; a beautiful, and beautifully clever, pop-up alphabet book called ABC3D. Thanks Sarah – nice!

Coincidentally, Sarah's gift ties in very nicely with her first project here at Supercool; the creation of an ampersand for Not My Type …

Not My Type is a collaborative project bringing together more than 30 designers, artists and illustrators, each of whom has been tasked with creating a different letter of the alphabet (or additional character, such as the ampersand) for a forthcoming show at the Created in Birmingham shop.

You can learn more about the project, see who else is taking part and find some interesting typographical links over on the Not My Type Facebook Group. The Not My Type exhibition at the CiB shop will open on (election day) Thursday 6th May.

Making an exhibition of Birmingham. For Birmingham. By Birmingham.

Categories: Events, Extra-curricular, Jewellery Quarter

Yesterday evening I was lucky enough to be invited along to the private view of Birmingham Photospace's Birmingham's People exhibition which is currently housed in the (stunning) Jewellery Quarter offices of architectural practice, Bryant Priest Newman.

A bit of background incase you're not familiar with Birmingham Photospace – they're a collective of folks who love photography and are working incredibly hard to establish a permanent public gallery space for photographic works here in Brum.

The photos featured in Birmingham's People were taken over just two days at last year's Artsfest and are an eclectic bunch. The images really are beautiful and it's impressive to think they were taken in a marquee, in a bustling city centre, in the middle of a festival and with a very quick turnaround time per subject. Massive kudos to photographers Jennifer Peel and Matt Murtagh – it takes real talent to get people so relaxed and natural in front of the camera even at the best of times!

Sadly my quick attempt at getting an arty shot of reflections of the building within the photos didn't work terribly well, as you can see, and really doesn't do Birmingham's People justice. The exhibition runs until 19th June though, so you can go and see the images properly over at Bryant Priest Newman – the exhibition's open during office hours but you do need to call or email in advance as it's a working office. Contact details can be found on their blog.