So on Thursday we looked through each others blogs, choosing three in each group that we would then present to the class. It was interesting seeing everyones approach to making the blogs and how each person updates and posts. Mine was very kindly chosen by one of the other groups as a one of their choices, and so they presented it and talked about what they thought was good, and also what could be maybe be improved upon. I think the approach to writing on other peoples I found most interesting, and will always be something i’m working to improve.
Later in the afternoon we went out to the Eric Gill Series exhibition at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. Presented by Monotype, they had original archive pieces by Eric Gill, including original sketches of fonts as he worked on them and a letter he wrote to Stanley Morison listing five points on which he screwed up, ha. It was great seeing the evolution of the fonts and the history behind them.
As we were there as a group the Monotype staff offered to give us a talk on typography and fonts. They were both really great and had loads of good advice and interesting ideas. The guy speaking made Joanna Sans Serif, the first version of Joanna without tails, it took him three years to complete, immersing himself completely in the original font and everything he could find about it.