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Best of 2015 :: Events

posted by Anna Chayasatit January 18, 2016

Besides a diverse mix of outstanding print designs and projects, People of Print also love to help you fill your time with lists of our favourite creative events. Now let’s start 2016 off in style and check out our pick of last year’s happenings – you’ll surely be inspired!

In alphabetical order:

D.I.Y Art Market
The D.I.Y Art Market is a bi-monthly event that enables people to buy direct from the makers. There’s an array of items for sale spanning everything from independent publications to illustration, photography, art prints, jewellery, zines, sewn items, ceramics, custom tees, home-made cassettes, comics, screen prints, records, books, and what can only be described as ‘indefinables’. The next event is on Sunday 14th February 2016 and will be participated by over 60 handpicked artists and independent publishers.

The Eric Gill Series Exhibition
World-leading font company Monotype set up an exhibition in Brick Lane to showcase the type designs of Eric Gill. The seven-day exhibition saw many people pack the space of the Old Truman Brewery and celebrate the past and future of ones of the most acclaimed typefaces. What’s more, Monotype added new weights to make the typeface families more complete. They have also released the Eric Gill Series – a collection of more than 75 fonts to give designers more choice.

Graphic Design Festival Scotland 2015
The annual Graphic Design Festival Scotland brings together creatives and studios from various disciplines to engage in discussion and debate on creativity, innovation, and design thinking. The GDFS 2015 also gave everyone an excellent opportunity to experience a week full of intensive workshops, talks, competitions, urban murals, and exhibitions covering all aspects of graphic design and where it was headed. Our director, Marcroy Smith, also participated in their panel discussion. Not to worry if you missed it, here’s a quick recap!

Almost forgot to tell you that we also had a nice chat with the GDFS organisers, Beth Wilson and James Gilchrist. To gain an insight into what got them interested in running a design festival, click here.

Leeds Print Festival
Having entered its fourth edition, Leeds Print Festival 2015 featured an exciting programme of workshops, print exhibitions, a talk series, and a print fair. This annual event usually brings together a host of high-profile printmakers, design champions, and acclaimed lecturers to discuss the traditional and contemporary printmaking processes. It is truly a celebration of all things printed and is great for fans of printmaking of all types. Last year’s panel discussion also included Patrick Burgoyne from Creative Review, Ken Garland, Ben Freeman from Ditto Press and a dozen others.

Letterform Live
We’ve all long been fans of both Grafik and Monotype and together they bring us a series of live events dedicated to one of the most fundamental elements of good design, Letterform. People of Print also joined the type experts for the previous Letterform Live and we have to admit that it went down really well. The next Letterform Live is scheduled to be happening on Wednesday 27th January 2016. You can now grab a ticket here.

The Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia
The Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia is a pan-continental celebration of audio-futurists, operating at the bleeding edge of today’s psychedelic renaissance. In September, Liverpool’s former industrial heartland beats once more, from motorik throb to shimmering drone, the event serves as a kaleidoscopic celebration of our global psychedelic village. Our much-loved Heretic Studio have also collaborated with Sonic Boom in the project, Animorphia, an experimental piece in print, light and sound which was displayed at the event in 2013.

Nicer Tuesdays
A monthly event curated by It’s Nice That. Nicer Tuesdays brings together a selection of speakers for short, sharp insights around a chosen theme. Nicer Tuesdays takes place on the last Tuesday of every month and this also means that the next Nicer Tuesdays evening is due on Tuesday 26th January. So if you are interested in joining Marina Willer, partner at Pentagram, photographer Charlie Kwai and Kevin King and discussing the future of creativity, grab your ticket here!

Printout is an inspiring series of evenings hosted by Jeremy Leslie (MagCulture) and Steven Watson (Stack Magazines) with a focus on editorial design and direction and the magazine publishing industry. Now get set for their first Printout of 2016 on Tuesday 26th January 2016 where you’ll be hearing from the editors and art directors of today’s most interesting women’s magazines. Tickets are now available via their Eventbrite page.

Type Tuesdays
Type Tuesday is an evening of print-related talks and panel discussion hosted by John L. Walters of the prestigious Eye Magazine. Packed with informative speakers, Type Tuesday allows participants to delve deeply into the lives and cultures as well as both practical and theoretical issues surrounding contemporary graphic design. On the final day of ‘The Eric Gill Series’, Monotype and Eye magazine also co-hosted an informal evening of type and conversation in The Old Truman Brewery. It was such a successful event, but still, we’re hoping for more events like this to add to our yearly calendars of course!

(Image via DixonBaxi)

Anna Chayasatit

Anna Chayasatit

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