What I did
- Looked at the history of Doves Press
- Joe Pochodzaj’s video lecture and ethics of community projects (same link)
- Thought about workshops and how to include them in my project
- Presented my project for the first time to the group (below)
What I want to do in the future
- Contact local groups
- Research typography projects
- Organise my thoughts in a post-it wall
My first webinar presentation!
You might recognise Stowe Framework from last. It was my authorial artefact and I want to take my plan and bring it to life.
It aims to engage the community of Walthamstow, North East London in typeface design by running workshops and publishing a book of the community’s experiences.
I want to honour the past, such as William Morris, and safeguard visual history whilst reflecting the current diverse population.
There are a number of ethical considerations I have started to address, and I have a flatmate who is well-versed in safe-guarding issues whom I will consult.
The project will be structured by running workshops to explore how typography is used in the Walthamstow area and how typography can shape how we view our space.
I will take the outcomes from exercises and design body and display typefaces for use by the community (and for commercial licensing).
I will publish a book written by the community, set at a local letterpress studio. It showcases the typefaces and whole project with photographs taken at the workshops (people’s permissions pending).
The publication will be available for sale in local book shops, online, and the income from the book will help fund the project.
There will be a website containing resources, details on the project and a tool where people can see all the glyphs designed.
Alongside the project I will design a framework so that it can be to transferred to other communities.
In the coming weeks I am going to build partnerships will the council and local arts charities to get funding and support as soon as possible.
Overall, I think the presentation went well, despite doing it at the climbing wall! It’s fantastic to be able to build something on top of a previous module. The project will all depend on how well I integrate with the local community and build connections.