It's Nice That Selfridges Talks Series – Words as Images

19 January 2012

After the sell-out success of the first talk, we’re chuffed to announce details about the second talk in the series, featuring Fraser Muggeridge, Sara Fanelli and Why Not Associates. They’ll be examining the relationship between words and images, and the many wonderful ways they can combine within typography, art and illustration. Sharing their insights – exploring historic traditions as well as their own work – they’ll show how designers need to have a way with words, in order to translate texts and concepts into strong visual narratives.

Graphic designer Andy Altmann, co-founder of award-winning design agency, Why Not Associates, will talk about his collaboration with artist Gordon Young in the design and creation of the Comedy Carpet in Blackpool. The 2,200 sq. m work of art contains over 160,000 granite letters embedded into concrete, pushing the boundaries of public art and typography to their wordy limits.

Illustrator Sara Fanelli, instantly recognisable for her Tate Modern handwritten script, has always been inspired by world literature. She enjoys the challenge of finding a personal visual translation/interpretation to the ideas conveyed by words. Fanelli will show examples of these images in both personal and commercial projects.

Designer and Typographer summer school founder Fraser Muggeridge will take us on a whistle stop tour of the land of words and typography, from Eugen Gomringer via Great Expectations to Herbert Spencer, ending with a sneak peak at a new typeface he has designed with the artist Giorgio Sadotti.

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