Catherine will give us a much-anticipated talk on her sabbatical in Brazil. Richly-illustrated, this talk aims to evoke all the atmosphere of downtown printing in one of the largest cities in the world, bringing to life the colourful characters who continue a tradition of community printing. Yet more warmth to be found in the touching story of a cooperative project to teach typography to kids in a favela and how, in using an old printing press, these kids at the very edges of society have found a value in having a voice in print and an ongoing publishing programme of remarkably beautiful books. See some of her pics here on our Facebook page.
Catherine Dixon is a graphic designer and writer who teaches typography at Central Saint Martins, London. As a designer she works with text-based projects, including covers for the award-winning Great Ideas series for Penguin Books. As a writer, she contributes regularly to international conferences and design journals such as Eye and co-authored with Phil Baines, the book Signs, lettering in the environment (2003). In Spring 2011, she took up a one-year post as Visiting Professor at the University of São Paulo, Brazil.
Twitter handle: @ThinkingType