I made a trip to Type Camp San Francisco this March held at Adobe. Shelley Gruendler runs Type Camps all over the world, bringing great instructors together for people that want to learn more about type. Stephen Coles and Alexandre Saumier Demers were the expert instructors for my session. We spent half of the day sketching characters and the other half identifying differences/characteristics and practicing type selection. I learned a lot and confirmed that I have a crush on type, and it's growing. I hope I can attend another Type Camp soon. Here are some shots from camp along with a closeup of one of my sketches that day.
It was worth the trip alone, but I added a few days on to my trip to see a few more type, design and art spots. First I went on a tour of Arion Press/M&H Type Foundry...so much type! I got to see the typecasters, the presses, the endless drawers of type (which I really wanted to open) and the gallery was filled with fine art books to admire.
Then I made a trip out to Alcatraz where they have an installation of art all over the island by Ai WeiWei. (aiweiweialcatraz.org) I was glad I took the night tour, because there was time to spend on the regular tour, but also enough to see every installation he had made there. Remarkable since he is still not allowed to leave China. I watched a couple of documentaries on NetFlix about him before I went and it really put the work in context for me. There is even a video on the website linked above showing some of the installation process. Very soulful work.
I also made a stop at the Museo Italo Americano to see a retrospective of Primo Angeli's design work. I was there when they just opened the doors for the day and as luck would have it, Primo was there to check in on the exhibit. He came over, introduced himself and chatted with me a while. An unexpected treat! If you aren't familiar with his work, he designed lots of San Francisco posters, along with the Boudin Sour Dough Bread identity. Here are a few images I will leave you with.
I didn't even mention the murals in the Mission where I picked a few letterpress and screen-printed cards. I loved that there was so much art and design to see in San Francisco. I am sure I will be back again someday.