Unbeknown to most visitors, Monocle Magazine were cruising around last year’s Letterheads meet in Amsterdam, capturing material for the short film below. As well as Mike Meyer’s various patches, it was great to see two additional Better Letters workshop facilitators in the film, Cheryl McLean from Australia and Gustavo Ferrari from Argentina. Just goes to show how international the movement has become ahead of meets in Oslo and Maidenhead this year…
Not Nice is the first promotional magazine produced by Coy! Communications for the (real) animation company A Large Evil Corporation, and their (fictitious) subsidiary, Evil Farms. It features a stack of tongue-in-cheek and innuendo-filled pages which were launched alongside an exhibition of photography and prints, all directed by Coy’s Mark Denton Esq.
We were invited along to one of the photo shoots to create a series of shocards for Evil Farms’ new supermarket, promoting everything from humongous melons to popped cherries. Mike Meyer took the brief and ran with it across a fun-packed day in the studio. Thank you to Coy! for getting us involved, a run-down of the whole team and more photos can be found on their blog about the project.
The Morgue File brings together clippings and other ephemera gathered by Mike Meyer over the years as inspiration for signs and lettering. The book is a collaboration between Mike Meyer, Better Letters, designer Alice Mazzilli, printers 12–B and paper merchants G.F Smith. Printed by Risograph on Munken (main pages) and Colorplan (cover and section dividers), each cover has been hand stamped by Mike Meyer.
The book officially launched at Greetings from Amsterdam (26 August), and unofficially at an event in London (13 September). It is available exclusively from A.S.Handover, via their online shop and London outlet.
Here are some behind the scenes videos and photos showing some of the production process for this book, and visit the shop to see other goodies from Better Letters.
Mike Meyer painted this series of shocards to promote his forthcoming series of Better Letters workshops, spanning eight cities on three continents. In date order, here are links to all the information and booking pages for these events. Join the mailing list or subscribe to the Facebook events page for future dates.
- Drachten: Mike Meyer Hand Lettering Workshop. Two-day workshop, 3-4 September 2016, €396.
- London: Mike Meyer Intensive Hand Lettering Workshop at the London Design Festival. Two one-day workshops, 17 and 18 September 2016, £180.
- Zurich: Mike Meyer Hand Lettering Workshop. Two-day workshop, 24-25 September 2016, CHF475.
- Zurich: Mike Meyer Lettering Effects Workshop. Two-day workshop, 1-2 October 2016, CHF475.
- London: Mike Meyer Hand Lettering & Lettering Effects Workshops. Two- and four-day workshops, 7-10 October 2016, £360/£600.
- Christchurch: Mike Meyer Hand Lettering & Lettering Effects Workshops. Two and four-day workshop, 21-24 October, $495/$795.
- Sydney: Mike Meyer Intensive Hand Lettering Workshop. One-day workshop, 29 October 2016, $250.
- Melbourne: Mike Meyer Intensive Hand Lettering Workshop. One-day workshop, 4 November 2016, $250.
- Brisbane: Mike Meyer Intensive Hand Lettering Workshop. One-day workshop, 12 November 2016, $250.
- Mazeppa: Mike Meyer Hand Lettering & Lettering Effects Workshops. Four-day workshop, 15-19 February 2017, $695.
Better Letters and Ghostsigns took to this year’s Merchant City Festival in Glasgow with a Mike Meyer Hand Lettering Workshop, an illustrated talk about ghostsigns, and the screening of three short films about signs and lettering. The gallery above shows the fun we had running the workshop, with some other things we got up to below.
(Thank you Alistair Fleming Photography for the photo with Mike and Chelsea)
Across from us in the Merchant Square were the Merchant City Letterheads, featuring Scott Telfer, Stewart McLaren, Artisan Artworks, Dapper Signs and Ross Hastie. They were working on a series of panels for the festival, and a David Bowie tribute night/auction on the final night.
(Thank you Alistair Fleming Photography for the photo of Stewart McLaren)
Monday gave us a chance to take the Pub Typology Tour, curated by Dress for the Weather and focused on the architectural and design heritage of Glasgow’s pubs. We made it to four out of six, joined by Adrian Harrison, director of 21st Century Victorian.
Horn Please was one of the films we screened, alongside 21st Century Victorian and Man with a Brush. By pure coincidence Glasgow’s Tramway gallery were holding and exhibition, ‘Pehchaan: Art from Another India‘, which happened to feature a series of commissioned truck ends, among other artworks and artifacts.
And of course there was plenty of lettering and ghostsigns to be seen around Glasgow, including the delights of the old Fruit Market where many of the old signs had been saved. (For more signs and lettering, check out the photos of Stuart Brown.)
Here are the three films we screened at the festival, thank you everyone that made the visit possible, we can’t wait to come back!