Calgary: September meeting

KenBessie's picture

It'll be a good meeting:
We're expecting a lively conversation.
And we've got plans for the future.

KenBessie's picture

The use of Dax is a tip of the hat to pattyfab, who in other threads mentioned a dislike for Dax. Which is a terrible reason for picking type, unless you're a Typophile.

Stephen Coles's picture

She also dislikes Wes Anderson, which is a great reason for picking any typeface she hates.

(Just joshin', Patty!)

Linda Cunningham's picture

Stewf, you're obviously someone with connections to Edmonton: it shows.... ;-)

Stephen Coles's picture

I'm not sure what that means. Maybe because I'm hockey ignorant?

KenBessie's picture

Conversation inside my brain went like this:

Left: Gotta do this announcement thingy.
Right: What font are you going to use?
Left: Maybe I should use Dax.
Right: Why?
Left: Well, Dax was mentioned on Typophile recently.
Right: I'm bored. Is there coffee?
Left: So I'm gonna use Dax.
Right: What does Edmonton have to do with it all?

Linda Cunningham's picture

(bump) This coming Wednesday: be there or be an irregular polyhedron....

KenBessie's picture

Mr Biggar, got your ears on?? Are you going to show us refinements to the logo on Wednesday? Just curious...

Linda Cunningham's picture

And, um, I'm bringing some show-and-tell, but I can't stay long....

KenBessie's picture

Janine Vangool says she'll attend. She's featured on the Veer site for punching out Alepaul in a designerly way.

Linda Cunningham's picture

And we're growing by leaps and bounds -- ten! people showed up for tonight's meet/greet/eat etc. and we've now even got a Facebook group. :-)

KenBessie's picture

The Aftermath

The evening started out quietly enough. We slowly assembled at the only round table in the north room, but it quickly overflowed. So we moved to a larger assemblage of tables, leaving our little round table for a group of pirates. (I tried to engage their leader in hearty pirate-talk but I mustn't have had the accent right...all I got was vague eye-rolling.) (And further, I didn't espy a jug o rum amongst the group of em, so I don't think they were real pirates anyway.)

As Linda indicated, 10 people participated and at times there were 5 different conversations going! We were loud. And unabashedly type-oriented. We drowned out those pirates in the corner, celebrating our own Talk-Like-A-Type-Geek evening. There are no photos so you'll have to take my word for it.

First (serious) bit of business was to continue the debate about picking a name for our group. Our short-list from the previous meeting immediately got thrown out and a whole new list was drawn up. Dan Reynolds suggests we adopt the venerable "Typostammtisch" used by Berlin and Frankfurt. Other suggestions include some variation of "Type Club" or "Calgary Typographic Society". The debate still continues and will be a part of our next meeting. Whatever the name, we all like the idea of referring to ourselves as "Typos".

Show & Tell was hugely successful. Most people brought something typographic to share and pass around the table.

Mike Kerr showed us work he has been doing illustrating letters. His presentation included painted originals of individual letters, a finished piece with assembled words, and his sketchbook showing the evolution of many forms. Boisterous conversation changed to ooohs and aaahs. His work can be seen on his website.

http://www.wronghand.com/mike/mikesite.html

Mostly, we were too busily engaged in type-talk to follow any meeting-like formality. So we continued our conversations and enjoyed the evening.

Linda Cunningham's picture

And drank beer, most of us.... ;-)

(I meant to bring the camera to get a picture of the assembled masses....)

KenBessie's picture

Yeah, combining type-geek talk with beer is a fine thing.

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