Future By Design: The Future of Type

Live screening and interactive discussion of 'The Future of Type', featuring Jessica Hische, Ellen Lupton, Nick Sherman, Laura Worthington and moderated by Paddy Harrington RGD.
Click here for a recap of this event. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

6:30pm - 8:30pm ET


'The Future of Type'

The rise of social media, written communication via the web and digital publishing have coincided with the trend towards handwritten fonts, flat design and vintage lettering. How will technological advances continue to shape typography and type design? What are iconic fonts and glyphicons and what other type innovations are on the horizon? How will market forces impact the economic viability of a career in type design?


Hosted in the following cities:

Burlington, Edmonton, Halifax, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Newmarket, Oshawa, Ottawa, Regina, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Vancouver, Nanaimo


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Paddy Harrington RGD, founder of Frontier










Paddy has over 10 years experience in branding, strategy and design. He has degrees in literature and architecture and has worked in research, architecture, advertising, and design. His clients have included The New York Jets and Giants, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Unilever, the Holy City of Mecca and the Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland. He is an award-winning writer and filmmaker and has spoken at several design conferences as well as at Brown, Harvard, and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Paddy was formerly the SVP Design Innovation and Digital Creative Director at Indigo Books and, prior to that, Executive Creative Director at Bruce Mau Design.




Jessica Hische, Lettering Artist:

Advice on how to survive trends, and delve deeper into specific styles that may fall out of favor over time.

Jessica Hische is a lettering artist, illustrator, author, and self-described “avid internetter” working in San Francisco and Brooklyn. After graduating with a degree in Graphic and Interactive Design from Tyler School of Art (Temple University) in 2006, she worked for Headcase Design in Philadelphia before taking a position as Senior Designer at Louise Fili Ltd. In 2009, after two and a half years, Jessica left to further her freelance career and embark on several fun personal projects. Jessica began Daily Drop Cap, a project in which every day she created a new illustrative letter, working through the alphabet a total of twelve times. She’s created several educational micro-sites including Mom This is How Twitter Works, Should I Work for Free? and Don’t Fear the Internet (a collaborative project with Russ Maschmeyer). Jessica has been named a Print Magazine New Visual Artist (20 under 30), one of Forbes 30 under 30 in Art and Design, an ADC Young Gun, and a “Person to Watch” by GD USA. She’s been personally profiled in many magazines including Eye Magazine (UK), Communication Arts, Grafik Magazine (UK), and Novum Magazine (Germany). Her first book, In Progress, is available through Chronicle Books.


Ellen Lupton, Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum:

Discussing the currently evolving "grid”.

Ellen is Director of the Graphic Design MFA Program at MICA, where she also serves as Director of the Center for Design Thinking. She is the author, co-author or editor of 13 books, including Thinking with Type and D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself. She has received many awards, including the Chrysler Design Award and AIGA Gold Medal.


Nick Sherman, Co-founder of Fonts In Use:

Talking about variable fonts for responsive design. 

Nick Sherman is a typographer and typographic consultant based in New York City. He is a co-founder of Fonts In Use and a columnist at A List Apart. He serves on the board of directors for the Type Directors Club, the Adobe Typography Customer Advisory Board, as well as the artistic board for the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. He is both a graduate of and consultant for the Type@Cooper typeface design program at Cooper Union. Nick has worked at Font BureauWebtype, and MyFonts, directing web design and promotional material for typefaces in print and digital media. He graduated with honors from the Graphic Design program at MassArt in Boston, where he also taught undergraduate typography and letterpress printing. Originally from Cape Cod, he is also a skate­boarder, pizza enthusiast, printer, musician, and classic horror film buff.


Laura Worthington, Typeface Designer:

Exploring the past, present and future of script typeface design.



About Future By Design

Future By Design is a series of webcast discussions featuring experts sharing their thoughts on a variety of topics. As a virtual event, we invite cities across Canada to host local screening venues where members of the community can gather to watch panelists’ presentations, conduct their own group discussions and participate via webcam in the Q&A. Click here to view recaps of our past Future By Design events. 


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