Week 1: Workshop Ideas

My flatmate is the co-founder of Knots Arts, a non-for-profit that runs arts programmes for children and people with autistic spectrum condition. She is uniquely positioned to help me create sessions that will engage with people. Here are my thoughts of what I need to consider before my meeting with her.

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Area Survey

Participants walk around Walthamstow and are given a set of tasks. For example, take a picture of a shop sign, of a non-latin alphabet, of a way-finding sign. They are asked to mark down where they saw them. They are asked to pick one or two other examples of typography they see that interest them. They are given a toolbox of words to help describe the typeface and why they have chosen it. They submit their images and where they walked.

For each category (i.e. shop sign) participants pick the ones we like the most and why we like them – use sticky dots

Covid-19/ethics safe

  • Groups are 5 or less (6 including guide) led by DBS facilitator
  • Participants download worksheets and do this on their own or small groups
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Glyph generation

From the photos they took on the above exercise, or others, they start to identify shapes and patterns they can use to draw a glyph. On worksheets they create a single glyph which is saved and add to the bank

Covid-19/ethics safe

  • Groups are 5 or less (6 including guide) led by DBS facilitator in a public Covid-safe space
  • Participants download worksheets and do this on their own or small groups at home
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Discussions about typography

Participants can learn more about typography and the history of Walthamstow to inform them about local history

  • Groups are 5 or less (6 including guide) led by DBS facilitator in a public Covid-safe space
  • Participants watch online talks filmed for the project
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For Kids – 5 years +

Physical activity using type – how does this type make you feel? Is it spiky, scary, safe, soft, fun?

What does Walthamstow mean to you? (or a more kid-friendly question)

What do you see a lot of around Walthamstow?

Can you daw a letter that reminds you of Walthamstow?

Considerations

How do I gather data that will be Covid safe and fit tech-savvy people and people less-so?

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