Dublin lettering walk

Prof Phil Baines, Professor of Typography: UAL:Central Saint Martins | Designer & writer, Phil Baines studio / Central Saint Martins
Dr Catherine Dixon, Senior Lecturer / Designer, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design / Catherine Dixon: Design & Writing

Based on our knowledge of Dublin, and working with the conference’s local organisers, this walk, departing from the conference venue, would take participants round parts of the city centre. The lettering of any city – whether formal carved inscriptions, or cast utility markers underfoot – tells stories of its broader history, as well as of lettering arts of the city. We will explain our ideas about what exactly makes good and bad practice in public lettering, and try to see beyond the rose-tinted old=good, new=bad view which often characterizes this discussion. Our first ‘public lettering’ walk was written up by Phil for the Reading ATypI conference and led some time later to the establishment of the website www.publiclettering.org.uk Further walks have been written and led by us for our own students and university, but also for organisations such as London Transport Museum and University College London. We led very successful walks as the final acts of the ATypI conferences at Lisbon and Brighton. This walk would build on those experiences.