Join a typographic bike tour with Erik Spiekermann

TYPO London’s facilitator Erik Spiekermann and Phil Baines, professor of typography at Central Saint Martins, invite nine TYPO attendees to follow them on a 2 hour lettering themed bike tour through Bloomsbury on Sunday, October 21st 2012. Get to know their favourite typographic sights: we will be starting at the British Library gates, heading through Bloomsbury (School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine), pass Covent Garden/Trafalgar Square (Coliseum & St Martin’s Schools) and Victoria (New Scotland Yard) and then head north to St Bart’s and Smithfield to end up having a drink there or near King’s Cross.

TYPO London: Cycling ErikFollow Erik Spiekermann by bike through London and get to see typographic hot spots (Photograph: Susanna Dulkinys)

We decided to give away a tenth spot to someone out there in the digital world. All you have to do is, answer the following question: What typographic London hot spot would you like to show Erik and why? Write it down in the comment field below until Tuesday 16th. We will draw one person on Wednesday, October 17th that has the chance to join Erik’s and Phil’s bike tour with the TYPO attendees.

Please note, that we don’t provide bikes and helmets. Participants need to have time on Sunday afternoon and a roadworthy bike.

If you were not the lucky devil who has won the competition: tickets are still available. Hurry up, regular ticket prices apply only until Oct 14th.

Watch over 30 amazing speakers over two days and get inspired. Full speaker’s list: Kirsty Carter & Emma Thomas (A Practive For Everyday Life) • Rick Banks (Face37) • Paul Barnes (Commercial Type) • Béa Beste • Tim Beard (Bibliothèque) • Sara de Bondt • Irma Boom • Anthony Burrill • Matthew Butterick • Tony Chambers (Wallpaper*) • Patrick Cox • Joshua Davis • Noel Douglas (Occupy Design UK) • Ken Garland • Peter Gregson • James Jarvis • Rian Hughes (Device Fonts) • Hjalti Karlsson (karlssonwilker) • Erik Kessels (KesselsKramer) • Eike König (Hort) • Henrik Kubel (A2/SW/HK) • Gerry Leonidas • Simon Manchipp (SomeOne) • Sean McBride (Typekit) • Grant McCracken • Kate Moross • Vaughan Oliver •  Lucienne Roberts • Freda Sack (Foundry Types) • Mariana Santos & Mark McCormick (The Guardian) • Paula Scher (Pentagram) • Anna Gerber & Britt Iversen (Visual Editions) • Marius Watz. We will pick the other 9 lucky persons during TYPO London.

The random generator has picked Silvia! Congrats from the TYPO team. You’ll soon get an e-mail from us with all infos. Have fun and bike carefully.

Erik Spiekermann © Dennis Letbetter

Erik Spiekermann

Art Historian, Information Architect, Type Designer, Author (Berlin, San Francisco, London)

Erik Spiekermann is information architect, type designer and author. Two of his typefaces, FF Meta and ITC Officina, are considered to be modern classics. He founded MetaDesign (1979) and FontShop (1988). He is behind the design of well-know brands such as Audi, Bosch, VW, German Railways and Heidelberg Printing, among others;  information systems for Berlin Transit and Düsseldorf Airport and for publications like The Economist. He designed exclusive typefaces for corporations like Deutsche Bahn, Bosch, ZDF (German TV), Cisco, Mozilla and many others. Erik is Honorary Professor at the University of the Arts in Bremen and in 2003 received the Gerrit Noordzij Award from the Royal Academy in The Hague. In 2006 he was awarded an honorary doctorship from Pasadena Art Center. He was made an Honorary Royal Designer for Industry by the RSA in Britain in 2007 and Ambassador for the European Year of Creativity and Innovation by the European Union for 2009. In 2011 he received the German National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement and the TDC Medal as well as a Lifetime Award from the German Art Directors Club. He was managing partner and creative director of Edenspiekermann with offices in Berlin, Amsterdam,  San Francisco and Los Angeles until June 2014 when he moved from that position to the supervisory board. He now runs galerie p98a, an experimental letterpress workshop in Berlin. Erik splits his time between Berlin and San Francisco and London, where his son Dylan lives. A book about his life and work “Hello I am Erik” was published by Gestalten Verlag in 2014. Photo: Dennis Letbetter