Typography Conferences And Meetups

There are design conferences and meet ups worldwide that specialise in the art of typography and lettering. They are a great place where you can get together with other people who share a passion for typography, lettering and calligraphy. Here’s a selection:

Robina (Gold Coast)

Typism

Typism is a unique one-day conference on the Gold Coast for all lovers of typography, calligraphy, hand-lettering and type design.

Melbourne

Melbourne Lettering Club

Open group for letter aficionados in Melbourne

Conferences

Berlin, Germany

Typo Berlin

The annual meeting of the graphic design scene. With around 1,500 participants and more than 60 speakers lecturing on up to 3 stages, workshops and panels for 3 days, TYPO Berlin has become one of the world’s most important creative venues since it’s premiere in 1995.

London, UK

Typo London

TYPO London 2012: Social was the last event and provided a unique opportunity to investigate the myriad ways in which designers can function socially. And by ‘functioning socially’ we don’t just mean in the socio-political sense: thanks to huge changes in the nature of media, the act of designing is, more than ever, a social act, whether it is working for a global brand or designing a new eco-friendly typeface.

San Francisco, CA (USA)

Typo San Francisco

Focus your sights on San Francisco on April 30-May 1, 2015. With an emphasis on design, society, culture – with a little bit of kerning, the two-day conference adapts one of Europe’s most successful design events with a Bay Area twist.

With: Yusef AlahmadJen BilikNadine ChahineMenno CruijsenCarolina de BartoloTobias Frere-JonesAgustin GarzaNataly GattegnoDaniel GjødeAdam Lewis GreeneSarah HyndmanAlastair JohnstonChip KiddEllen LuptonThomas PhinneyLouise SandhausRob SaundersJoachim SauterMark SimonsonSumner StoneTash Wong and more.

Meetups

Berlin, Germany

Berlin Calligraphy Meetup

We meet to practice and talk about calligraphy, hand lettering, typography, design, graphic design etc.

This is a hands on event and is mostly about creating beautiful calligraphy, hand lettering, designs etc.

Bring your own materials, tools etc. – we also have some stuff here!

London, UK

London Calligraphy & Hand Lettering Meetup

This group is for people interested in Calligraphy & Hand Lettering, traditional and modern. Our evenings consists of formal lectures on the history of the alphabet, as an overview and in specific traditions of letterforms. We also have informal evenings where group discussions on allied arts are encouraged as well as a lettering surgery for would-be calligraphers, lettering artists and graphic designers. In addition to the MeetUps we also run calligraphy classes on evenings and weekends. Come by the Studio309 and be inspired!

Brighton, UK

Brighton Letter Club

Remember the last time you received a hand written letter? When was the last time you wrote someone a letter? We love letters. We love receiving them and writing them – and we want to share the love. So come along to Letterclub. Have a drink. Write a letter. To your mum, to your dad to your grandma or your best friend – or maybe to your crush? Maybe make a new friend along the way. We’ll bring the paper, pens and envelopes (but we’d appreciate a small donation for the cost of stamps) and if you have some old postcards or old school stationary you’d like to bring – please do! We’re excited to meet you! Love, Letterclub

Den Haag, Netherlands

Letters & Ink: Workshops, Food, Creativity

Everyone has a creative soul. This is a group for anyone who is interested in doing something creative involving writing, letters, and calligraphy. All experience levels are welcome. We will organize workshops and get-togethers (with nice food and/or drinks), where we will learn different techniques to express emotions through letters and writing! Some exercises include writing to music, rhythm exercises with various tools, maybe even working on your signature, writing poetry, making expressive greeting cards, book binding, lettering, classical calligraphy and just painting with letters. Check it out and discover more about your inside creative being.

Houston, TX

Hand Lettering Houston

Please join us for a bit of sketching, good conversation, and a chance to learn from and meet others who share a love for lettering.

This meet up aims to foster a community that celebrates the art of hand drawn type, offer an informative, educational resource through collective experience , inspire and encourage, and most importantly have some damn fun.

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Modern Calligraphy

We want to connect people who take an interest in calligraphy and create a group where people can learn and share. We believe the art of handwriting should be easily accessible and that this soon-to-be lost art will make people appreciate it in different ways. We want to create a win-win situation for people who love calligraphy and letters and people who love writing it!

This is a group for anyone who is learning or practicing modern calligraphy. All skill levels welcome – whether you have just started or have been at it a while. Share your most recent tool obsession or favorite inspiration source and get advice from others who are passionate about calligraphy. Let’s meetup and enjoy this beautiful art form together!

Portland, OR

Portland Lettering Collective

Interested in lettering, calligraphy, or typography? Come hang out with a group of us for a few hours of drawing letters!

Chicago, IL

The Devoted Type: Fonts, Lettering and Calligraphy

Calling all font, lettering, and calligraphy enthusiasts. We will form to discuss, share, and learn about our hard-working letterform counterparts. Pros and beginners welcome.

Topics will include getting started in font design, using illustrator to convert hand drawn letters, modifying calligraphy in Photoshop, personal work show-and tell, calligraphy tutorials, etc.

We will be meeting in downtown Chicago at 1871 on the 12th Floor of the Merchandise Mart. Our first meet-up will be scheduled based on interest and availability.

Chicago, IL

Chicago Calligraphy, Fountain Pen and Handwriting Club

Does it make you sad to hear cursive is being left to die? Do you wish people wrote more letters? Do you love using a good writing instrument? If you said yes to any of these questions, I’d love to meet you! I am interested in improving handwriting, ornamental penmanship (roundhands, Spencerian, etc.), calligraphy and other intriguing lettering. Let’s meet somewhere where we’ll have an excuse to practice our craft for a little bit, and then talk, geek out about the handwritten letter or offer kind criticism or advice to each other.