Lockdown Letterheads was an online Letterheads meet held worldwide via Zoom across 6–7 June 2020 with 1,085 attendees from 54 countries participating. The souvenir event t-shirt can still be ordered and work created for the event can be browsed via the @LockdownLetterheads Instagram with some included in the short videos below.

Thank you to everyone that attended, and to the volunteers and organisations that made this ambitions experiment possible. We are currently reviewing the recordings of the event and hope, in time and with permission of the session leaders, to publish some of these online. Original Letterhead Noel B. Weber has already done so with his session on his sketching process.

Here is an article written about the event by organiser Sam Roberts for issure 40 of Forum, journal of the Letter Exchange. Copies can be obtained via the shop menu on their website, and the publication comes free twice each year for all members.

Lockdown Letterheads in Forum 40

Credits

Hosting & Facilitation Team

Anna Frederick; Sophia Kendall-Chahine; Alice Mazzilli; Marie Pischel; Eduardo Roisman; Beccy Roberts; Sam Roberts; Juan Manuel Sanchez; Christine Sejean; Dale Walker; Craig Winslow.

Session Leaders

[A detail of the sessions that ran across the weekend can be downloaded as a PDF.]

Alphabetics Anonymous; A.S. Handover; Paul Antonio; Liane Barker; Better Letters; Francesca Biasetton; The Blackboard Artist; Bold Statements; Brighton Calligraphy; Brush & Pen Studio; Calligraphy Masters; Jason Carne; Stephen Coles; El Deletrista; Barbara Enright; European Lettering Institute; Gustavo Ferrari; Ferrari Fileteados; Ghostsigns; Jolien Goemaere; Megan Maksimovich Goodenough; Greater Opacity; Filipe Grimaldi; Carla Hackett; Hana Sunny Studio; Jay Holland; Sarah Hyndman; Helen Ingham; Irregular Signs; Italian Calligraphy Association; Joluvian; Victor Kams; Adam Romuald Kłodecki; Tom Koch; Letter Exchange; Letterform Archive; Lettering Library; Alice Mazzilli; Peter McKearnan; Mike Meyer; Rachel Neilson; The Neon Museum Las Vegas; New Bohemia Signs; Michelle Nguyen; Mark Oatis; People’s History Museum; Adrian Perez; Nicole Arnett Phillips; Marie Pischel; Chiara Riva; Sam Roberts; Carl Rohrs; Andrea Russo; Archie Saladin; Josef Samuel; Alfredo Sannoner; Schildermalermuseum; Helen Shadow; Signs by Meng; Pieter Snijders; Damon Styer; Scott Thiessen; Michael Tilley; Jake Tyler; Tyler & Co. Type Tasting; TYPOgraphHQ; Nicoló Visioli; Mia Warner; Noel B. Weber; Hana Sunny Whaler; Mark Wilson; Craig Winslow; Charlotte Wormley-Healing; Bryan Yonki.

Sketch Notes

Heather Martinez & Ben Tinker.

Letterheads Legacy

2020 marks 45 years since the first Letterheads meets in Denver Colorado. To understand some of the historical context Mark Oatis’ 1985 article from Signs of the Times provides a timeless account of what the Letterheads is all about.

Also see our articles about more recent meets, join our mailing list for updates of future events, including Helsinki Letterheads in February 2021.

The seven original Letterheads, Denver 1985. From left: Bob Mitchell, Mark Oatis, John Frazier, Mike Rielley, Noel Weber, Earl Vehill, Rick Flores. (The women are currently unidentified.)

Panels

Here are a selection of the panels that were submitted for the event Instagram, many of which were sold via an online auction.