Letters of Joy 2021

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KEYNOTE LECTURE | Friday, April 30, 7 PM PDT

THE SPEEDBALL STORY

A Lecture by Randall Hasson

Come with us on a lettering journey narrated by Randall M. Hasson. The early 1900s were a time of invention. New industries emerged and the need for specialized lettering was greater than ever before. Learn how American lettering artists led the way with innovative lettering as well as how they developed techniques – and created many of the materials – that we take for granted today.

One of the tools created was the Speedball pen, a nib with a bent tip that revolutionized commercial lettering. William Gordon and Ross George created that pen in a shop in Seattle, and the small pamphlet that told letterers how to use the pen became the most influential lettering manual of the last 100 years. Randall walks us through the history of The Speedball Textbook and talks about how it has become a chronicle of the ever changing styles of lettering from 1914 until today.

Session 1 | Saturday, May 1, 9 – 11 AM PDT

Writing with a Bent Nib with Randall M. Hasson

Wriiting with a Bent Nib

For all levels

The bent nib has amazing possibilities! Join Randall for a survey of the Speedball series of broad-edged pens and their uses, with both lecture examples and live demos. We will explore tools and techniques that created distinctive lettering styles and characteristics of commercial letterers in the 1920s and ’30s based on the series of Speedball textbooks.  

We’ll look at four different styles of lettering:
A Silent Movie Split Script with the flexible C-5 nib;
Spurred Gothic with the square-shaped A nib;
Ludwig Hohlwein’s Poster Lettering with the round B nib;
Blunt-Serif Roman with the oval D nib.  

Session 2 | Saturday, May 1, 12:00 – 2:00 PM PDT
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UNCIAL UPRISE
SAT, MAY 1 - 2021
12PM - 2PM SESSION 2A

ITALIC REFINEMENT
SAT, MAY 1 - 2021
12PM - 2PM SESSION 2B

POINTED BRUSH LETTERS, BOTANICALS AND BEYOND
SAT, MAY 1 - 2021
12PM - 2PM SESSION 2C

Session 3 | Saturday, May 1, 2:30 – 4:30 PM PDT
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CAROLINGIAN CALLIGRAPHY
SAT, MAY 1 - 2021
2.30PM - 4.30 PM SESSION 3A

POWERFUL PENCIL LETTERING
SAT, MAY 1 - 2021
2.30PM - 4.30 PM SESSION 3B

DESIGN YOUR OWN ALPHABET
SAT, MAY 1 - 2021
2.30PM - 4.30 PM SESSION 3C

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