The St Bride Foundation and Library hosts a variety of print-related lectures, exhibitions and talks throughout the year, as well as talks and conferences on everything from poster design to handwriting, resulting in an exciting and vibrant series of events running the whole year round.
Variations on Normal
Welcome to the world of Dominic Wilcox’s ingenious imagination where stained glass cars, GPS shoes and an art exhibition for dogs are perfectly normal. This is a talk to help inspire your creative thinking and to break through creative blocks. Dominic will take us on a whirlwind creative journey showing his playful and thought provoking objects and drawings.
Stop Press: A Compositor’s Life on Fleet Street
Join us for an intimate evening with Mick Clayton in conversation with Catherine Dixon where he will share memories of working as a newspaper compositor on the presses of Fleet Street during its hey day.
Expanding the design canon: fresh perspectives on women in type and publishing
Join us to celebrate recent contributions to the field of graphic design history, which seek to shake established narratives to expand the design canon. Our panel of speakers will share their thoughts on the imperative to reconsider women’s depiction in received design histories, and will highlight some past and present contributions by women to the fields of type, graphic design and publishing. The evening will also feature the launch of an exciting new website comprising a visualisation of the findings of the 'Women in Type’ Leverhulme funded project.
The Wit and Whimsy of W. A. Dwiggins
Join us for an entertaining presentation by Bruce Kennett, author of W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design. American artist Dwiggins designed printing types and books but had many other talents: calligrapher, printmaker, illustrator, watercolourist, sculptor, marionettist, designer of theatrical sets, maker of furniture and tools. “WAD” also wrote plays, satire, fiction, fantasy, and essays. Deliciously funny by nature, Dwiggins employed his sharp wit for the simple pleasures of fun, but also often used satire to promote change. He concocted fake documents and invented colourful personalities to serve as his noms de plume in essays. WAD used drawings and words in equal measures to implement these schemes, which Bruce will explore in detail in his presentation.