We’ve trawled the events, installations and projects at this year’s London Design Festival to highlight those that will most appeal to those with an eye for lettering and typography. Once again, the majority of these are taking place within the Bankside Design District which, for the second year running, has a strong lettering and typography theme running through their curated events.

Here are our ten highlights (shamelessly including our own activities of course!) and a handy map to navigate your way around the festival through a lettering lense…

The Glowing Alphabet Peep Show

A free installation from Better Letters with 27 original signwritten works glowing within a modern curiosity cabinet at the Hilton Bankside. The works are by Mike Meyer, Sign Painter and Harry Fieber, Utile Studio, with the exterior decoration of the cabinet by David Kynaston. The peep show can be viewed 8am – 8pm each day across the entire festival, 16-24 September. Find out more…

Create Your Own Lettering with Martina Flor

Martina Flor has developed a renowned commercial lettering studio in Berlin and is bringing her hands-on workshop to London for the first time since 2014. Across the day you’ll be working on your own piece of custom lettering, under Martina’s expert guidance. Workshops are taking place at the Art Academy on 23 and 24 September. Find out more…

Graphic Design Process with Letterform Archive

San Francisco’s Letterform Archive presents Graphic Design Process: Analog Artifacts of Experimentation, Development, & Production. This pop-up exhibition highlights the work designers produce on the way to final products and includes the work of luminaries such as W.A. Dwiggins, Emigre Inc, Eric Gill, Philip Grushkin, Edward Johnston, Aaron Marcus, Herbert Matter and Piet Zwart. The exhibition is being held at Devonshire House on Union Street, with accompanying lunchtime and evening talks. Find out more, and sign up for a free evening discussion on the ephemeral nature of lettering with special guests…

Font Selfies with Type Tasting

Sarah Hyndman of Type Tasting invites you to pick a typeface before customising it to reflect your personality and create your own Font Selfie. Add your selfie to the display, which will grow throughout the weekend to create an exciting collection of typographic self-portraits. It’s completely free and runs across the weekend of 16 and 17 September at the V&A. Find out more…

Gold & Glass Workshop for Beginners

The beauty of gilded lettering and signs is beyond doubt and this hands-on workshop with Mike Meyer and Brilliant Signs‘ Ash Bishop will introduce the basics of working with gold leaf on flat surfaces and in reverse on glass. It’s a two-day intensive experience taking place across the weekend of 23-24 September at the Art Academy. Find out more…

Untranslation

Via the medium of flags, this public installation from Sam Furness and Toni Hollis will profile the many languages spoken in Brixton. This ‘cultural design dictionary’ will include, among others, the Arabic word for the kind of conversation you have in the evening as the sun sets, and the Spanish word for the flowing conversation around the dinner table after everyone has finished eating. The work will be free to view in and around Brixton Village & Market Row, Coldharbour Lane. Find out more…

Revolution of Kindness from Rocketship

This Rocketship installation in the windows of Brixton’s TKMaxx will explore the ability of small gestures to turn lives around. The series of bold graphic messages will be drawn from a host of inspirational quotes from the local and global community highlighting the power of a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring. The installation is free and visable across the entire festival, 16-24 September at TKMaxx on Brixton Road. Find out more…

Live lettering with Paul Antonio

Literary legends of Bankside will come alive through a series of installations by master calligrapher Paul Antonio. Historic Borough High Street, one of London’s oldest thoroughfares, was walked by Chaucer, Dickens and Shakespeare and quotes from these giants of literature will be inscribed on windows in the letterforms of the period. The installations will be in place throughout the festival, with a trail available to see every one. Find out more…

Bold – Graphic Design from India

Bold is the first exhibition to showcase the work of the current wave of Indian graphic designers. A visual feast of posters, zines, typography, films and digital works. “Bold”- Graphic Design from India will reveal the vibrancy and diversity of work underway in India’s visual communications scene. The exhibition, curated by Create Culture, is free and open every day of the festival at Rich Mix on Bethnal Green Road. Find out more…

Sign Painting Workshop with Mike Meyer

Back for the third year running at the festival, Mike Meyer brings his fun intensive workshop to Borough Market. Participants will get to grips with the basics of the craft through exposure to three alphabets and the tools of the trade. The workshops are running on both days of the opening weekend, 16 and 17 September. Find out more…

PS. The Bankside Ghostsigns Walk

Not strictly part of the main festival but for those in London there will be a midweek walk through Bankside seeking out the fading advertisements of old. Led by Sam Roberts (Ghostsigns), the walk will explore local, craft and advertising history through the painted wall signs that have survived in the area. Find out more…

Lettering & Typography Map

Clicking on the image above will take you to this map which plots all of the above events and exhibitions.