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The Ephemeral Nature of Lettering Arts

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As part of the Bankside Design District for London Design Festival, Letterform Archive will launch their first UK exhibition with a special event, panel discussion, and Q&A with specialist speakers from a range of disciplines in typography and design.

The panel will be chaired by Donald Hyslop, Director of Regeneration and Community Partnerships at Tate Modern, and includes Rob Saunders, founder of Letterform Archive, Paul Antonio, Master Calligrapher, and Sam Roberts, founder of Better Letters and Ghost Signs.

The experts will debate questions around the transitory nature of lettering and the interconnectedness of various lettering, calligraphic, and type traditions. In today's digital age, how can we preserve the physical, tactile, tangible mediums of lettering? Physicality is an important aspect of writing. How does this work with material which is non-archival such as ghostsigns in the public realm? How is the ancient art of calligraphy and the traditional craft of hand lettering influencing modern design?

Join the conversation as part of a question and answer session following the panel discussion. During the evening you'll also have the opportunity to explore the Letterform Archive exhibition on the graphic design process.

More Letterform Archive at the London Design Festival

Talk: Archiving your Graphic Portfolio
Sunday, September 17 at 12:00pm
V&A Museum: Sackler Centre for arts education

Exhibition: Graphic Design Process
September 20–24
Devonshire House

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