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This article was written on 02 May 2017, and is filed under design, Events, future of publishing, publishing careers, Reasons for joining, sensible publishing, typography, Unforeseen.

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Catherine Dixon — Making books Brazilian street-kid style

Dr Catherine DixonTuesday, 2 May 2017 at The Water Rats, Gray’s Inn Road, King’s Cross


IMG_6519Catherine’s much-anticipated talk on her sabbatical in Brazil was inspiring and educational. Richly-illustrated, this talk evoked 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.

What was surprising was the hidden power of the physicality of the old technology in being able to engage with those kids in  surprising and, perhaps, intuitively predictable ways; such as the use of letterpress characters was somehow able to re-connect those kids with literacy and concepts of design that are possibly innate.

See some of her pics here on our Facebook page.

See also - from Inspired Selection – Abigail Barclay’s blog of her interpretation of the evening’s proceedings and the thought-provoking nature of the whole experience presented to us .

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



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