Calgary: November meeting

KenBessie's picture

It'll be the meeting that celebrates Lex's birthday. And other stuff could happen too.

Si_Daniels's picture

Is Calgary anti-Bringhurst? Or do you guys think the best thing to come out of BC was the Grizzlies.

KenBessie's picture

I just want to see a good collection of reference books. If everyone shows up with their copy of Elements, we won't have a lot to talk about. Other than agreeing with each other about how great Bringhurst's book is.

We probably won't be discussing the Grizzlies.

pattyfab's picture

How Canadian to host this on (American) Thanksgiving eve.

Linda Cunningham's picture

We could always see who has the copy that is the oldest/most dog-eared/autographed/doodled-in/stained-by-wine-or-coffee....

Don McCahill's picture

> Or do you guys think the best thing to come out of BC was the Grizzlies

For Albertans, the best thing that comes out of BC is a chinook in February.

Linda Cunningham's picture

ROFL! Good one, Don!

Grant Hutchinson's picture

If you’re concerned about having a topic for debate, I could start out on how I think Bringhurst is a bit overblown. His writing has always tired me out before it has a chance to sink in. That being said, I may have to bring along my copy of “Big Red” as my companion. Mind your beer coasters.

KenBessie's picture

I think I'll take Finer Points by Dowding. It is less dog-eared and has fewer coffee stains than Bringhurst. And it doesn't require the rearrangement of beer coasters.

KenBessie's picture

I'm wondering if Lex is gonna show up with his dog-eared and coffee stained

Linda Cunningham's picture

And since (I hope) no one works in isolation, one could also look at almost anything that speaks to "design" as an influence on type and typographical design, if it has influenced one's personal work. ;-)

That should eliminate multiple copies of Bringhurst....

KenBessie's picture

Mike's contribution:

Linda Cunningham's picture

oooooh, I like that.

I've got some neat stuff in Vancouver, including some of Jim Rimmer's handcast printer's ornaments.

KenBessie's picture


1. The Kensington Pub was very crowded and we were unable to get a table immediately. So there was some standing around and discussion of how crowded the K-Pub was. Linda brought treasures from the Wayzgoose in Vancouver, which were greatly admired from a standing perspective. And then a group of non-type-speaking people left, freeing their table for us. Yeah.

2. Listen up: we're gonna change venues for the December meeting. We don't want to fight the Christmas-shopping crowd getting liqueured up at the K-Pub next month, so we're going to meet at Julio's Barrio, a scant half-block away from K-Pub. Linda has booked the entire second floor for the Calgary Typos. So we can have a Christmas-type type meeting. Bring friends. Bring baggage. Spread out. (If Veer/Corbis wants to have a Christmas party, we'll donate a corner for you. You can even set up a barrier so our type discussion won't interfere with your type discussion.)

3. Lex reported that his laptop's battery ran out and then died in the middle of Geophysics class. We were all sad. For a moment.

4. Derek brought along a copy of Uncommon Vision by Peter Ciccariello. (Not sure if it was for Show & Tell or "Bring your favourite type book", they sort of got intermingled.) In Derek's words, the artist "folded type into each abstract landscape". I haven't googled it yet, but it's a lovely book and well worth a search.

5. From Linda, thanks to Jim Rimmer for his hospitality. And she isn't even sorry for stretching the half-hour appointment into an hour-and-a-half.

Linda Cunningham's picture

And for those who didn't see the links on my blog, there are pictures from the Wayzgoose and a few shots from our visit to Jim's studio.

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