The London Design Festival returns later this month with a busy programme of events across the city. Better Letters is involved once again for a fourth year, and we’ve pulled together all the other activities that should be of interest to lettering and typography folk. Once again these are predominantly centred in the Bankside Design District. In no particular order…

Type Tastings Galore

Type Tastings at #LDF18

Sarah Hyndman is delivering a series of ‘type tastings’, offering the chance to enjoy a glass (or two!) of wine, or a tasty G&T while learning about typography and its effects on our wider senses. She’s also bringing her pop-up typography lab to Flat Iron Square. Check the full listing on the London Design Festival website for dates, locations and pre-booking of tickets for the wine and gin tastings (over 18s only, of course!).

Sign Painter Screenings

When Better Letters met Sten Wilkinson

We will be screening the premiere of ‘When Better Letters met Stan Wilkinson’ on the evening of Wednesday 19 September. This short film will be shown alongside the original ‘When Better Letters me Cliff Headford‘, and the new short, ‘When Better Letters met Josef Samuel‘. Directors, producers and stars will be in attendance. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Limited seats will be available on the door.

Alphabet by Kellenberger-White

Alphabet Chairs from Kellenberger-White

One of the festival’s landmark projects is a free installation from graphic design studio Kellenberger-White. Visitors are encouraged to explore, interact, move, and make words with the 26 bespoke colourful alphabet chairs popping up in Finsbury Avenue Square.

Pattern Making & Graffiti Workshops

Borough High Street and Southwark Cathedral are playing host to two participatory projects. The first is from Morag Myerscough ahead of her forthcoming ‘colourful crossings’ installation, and features a local walk and pattern-making workshop on 15 September. The following weekend on 22 September sees Sara Abdalla brings a participatory workshop and exhibition to Lancelot’s Link in Southwark Cathedral titled ‘Graffiti Wall – Revolution! Why Bother?

Sign Painting Workshops

Mike Meyer Sign Painter

For the fourth year running we’ll be back in Borough Market for the Mike Meyer Lettering Workshop, 22-23 September. This year’s special guest facilitator will be Elena Albertoni from La Letteria in Berlin. Tickets are strictly limited with advance booking required. Other dates and locations are regularly updated on our main workshops page.

(The three days before our workshop Alexandra Lunn Studio will host a series of half-day workshops, ‘Craft in the Digital Age: Make your own Typeface‘.)


Dazzle: Pentagram X 14-18 NOW

The Creative Studio at the V&A is being ‘dazzled’ throughout the festival by design studio Pentagram in a commissioned project inspired by a type of experimental camouflage used during the First World War. (See also the feature on Musée National de la Marine.)

It’s on the Map!

Lettering & Type at #LDF18

Our map details the locations of all these activities, alongside ten points of interest that aren’t officially part of the festival, but which are well worth a visit while you’re in London. We’ve cribbed these from the collection curated for Letterheads 2018: London Calling.