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Words on Buildings: Lettering and the environment in the 20th Century - Site-specific not pre-ordained:public lettering ideas in practice
The Gallery, 70 Cowcross St
Phil Baines, Signage at Ditchling Museum, 2013

Words on Buildings: Lettering and the Environment in the Twentieth Century

Thursday 1st December at 6.30pm, The Gallery, 70, Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ doors open 6pm


The autumn 2016 lecture series celebrates the centenary of Edward Johnston’s Underground type with six speakers who look at the ideas behind changing styles of architectural lettering, and how the use of lettering is a key aspect of design that is often overlooked.


Thursday 1st December

Site-specific not pre-ordained: public lettering ideas in practice

Professor Phil Baines, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London


The naming of buildings offers the possibility to elevate lettering to an architectural role. The talk will suggest that the success of such lettering is a combination of four main factors: scale, size, position, and material; and that the use of typefaces designed for print is rarely satisfactory.   


Phil Baines is a graphic designer, writer and teacher. Among recent commissions has been the identity for Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft; and lettering for the 7 July 2005 London Bombings memorial. With Catherine Dixon he is author of Signs: lettering in the environment. He is Professor of Typography and co-curates the Central Lettering Record at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London; and a member of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee on Coins & Medals. 

Members £8.00    Non Members £10.00   Students £5.00 (glass of wine included)

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