Researching The Typographic Circle:
- formed in the 1970’s by a group of London advertising typographers as ‘ The Type Directors Club’
- to bring together anyone with an interest in type
- the Club changed its name to reflect the changes in technology and the expanded base of people working with type and typography
- strong interest in the development of type
- commitment to innovation reflected in the wide variety of the events programme
- gives the opportunity to learn, enjoy, discuss and contribute ideas to an organisation run by, and for, typographers and designers from a wide range of backgrounds
- besides being serious about type they are a sociable organisation with a reputation of staging enjoyable events
- they try hard not to be considered as stuffy or elitists
- their aim is to promote all aspects of typographic excellence and experimentation without prejudice
- the most important thing to the Circle’s success is that it’s a social organisation
Information collected from the Circle’s website and from Circular, the Circle’s magazine, which I borrowed from Hans Dieter Reichert, the editor of Baseline magazine and I am really thankful!
Their website looks really simple with an interactive background on the homepage, which every time you reload, a new background of photographs with random type uploaded from people’s trips on the Circle’s website. That gives a sense of love for typography, which is, presumably, the reason the organisation was formed back in the 70’s.
Circle’s logo is also simple but containing a lot of meaning
I presume the circle represents the social club.
Also the word typocircle is presented like this: typ+O (the letter ‘O’ which obviously looks like a circle)+circle shape=typocircle
Searching on google for the Circle I found several posters for the events organised by them and I observed there’s a really interesting representation of each designer/typographer through typography
Rian Hughes’s strange logo when displayed really big seems to communicate something-everyone sees something different, is ti hands, is it birds, what is it?!
The poster for Doug Hamilton’s talk used only typography (Akzidenz Grotesk) for purity of approach, employing only em dashes to create a sense of visual image.
Poster for Dave Trott’s talk which was rotated upside down after Trott’s suggestion in order to reflect better the subject of his presentation, Creative Mischief, his new book.
Studio8 Design’s poster shows the number 8 formed by two circles, element of the Circle’s logo.
Poster for Patrick Burgoyne, the editor of Creative Review shows a thumb pointing upwards and downwards as the talk’s subject was about why we like the things we like.
Poster for Marina Willer’s (creative director of Wolff Olins) talk shows a word (that I don’t understand) formed by circles in her style
Poster for Michael Wolff’s talk