We had the most spectacular time in Newcastle speaking at Look Hear. It far exceeded our expectations. We weren’t as nervous as we thought we were going to be, in fact, I think we kind of liked it up there behind the podium. Our biggest thanks go out to Carl and Lara of Zookraft who did an incredible job putting the show together.
First up on the night, Suzanne Bocallate gave the audience a choice between two talks, an inspirational lecture or a discourse on tactility. Thankfully the crowd settled on the later, because tactility is something we very much relate to here. She spoke about her work too, in particular this striking studio project Trunk Volume One: Hair.
Second to take the stage was Brendan Mcknight, the editor of Desktop Magazine. This young whippersnapper is responsible for the incredibly succesful relaunch of the magazine in the last few months. He gave a very interesting overview of his personal history and in-depth account of how he and his team breathed new life into the publication.
Then it was our turn! We spoke about how we got to where we are and where we are heading in the future, with a few inspirational bits at the end (knit mittens, be the Ninja Turtles and listen to rap). A big thanks to all those people that asked questions after the talk and came up and spoke to us personally, it was a quite a thrill meeting all the people we did in Newcastle. There is so much talent and love in that town, it really is incredible.
We met Lachie and Nick, two enterprising students who have released a typeface called Quaver with Lost Type. For those that don’t know, Lost Type is a pretty cool new font foundry with a ‘Pay-What-You-Want’ model. We already had two projects in the works that use fonts from Lost Type so we were super stoked when we found out that Lachie and Nick were responsible for Quaver. It comes in Sans and Serif and has over 400 glyphs(!), get on it.
We also managed to get a few words with the guys from Malade Pathetics, an emerging clothing label based in Newcastle. These guys are doing incredible work, if you don’t believe me you should watch this clip of them vs. Secret Wars at Look See.
The next day, Carl and Lara gave as a tour of Newcastle University where we inspected the University’s letterpress setup and type collection. We also found out that Newcastle University is the only place in Australia you can get a degree in natural history illustration. They pretty much draw dead animals all day, how cool is that?
Photos on the night courtesy of Kel Mcintosh