Our number twenty

by @kennethormandy

Tomorrow evening is our twentieth meetup, and the first under our new name Type Brigade. In addition to the new name, we’ve been planning something a little unconventional that we just couldn’t wait until then to share.

Below are our completely custom event numerals, designed by Type Brigade’s Assistant Organiser & Resident Letterer Andrea Husky for tomorrow’s meetup:

Andrea Husky’s gorgeous event numerals, custom designed for Type Brigade
The Type Brigade №20 event numerals, designed by our own Andrea Husky.

Andrea is cleverly referencing Modern №20 by Ed Benguiat for Type Brigade №20, and the result is these fantastic Didone numerals we’re proud to call our own.

Modern №20 has certainly been used in a wide range of places, from the cover of a 70s board game to the visual identity the largest independent design consultancy in the world.

Lingua board game
Lingua board game, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 Board Game Geek via Stephen Coles of Fonts in Use.
Pentagram
The Pentagram wordmark
Pentagram Remixed exhibition photos
A piece from the Pentagram Remixed exhibition.

When asked about Pentagram’s visual identity, Michael Bierut offered a simple history:

just the name written in the typeface Modern №20. The original five partners used the typeface in the book they published in 1972 when the firm was founded, and I think it was simply adopted as the standard way of writing the name thereafter.

Michael Bierut, Our Own Worst Clients

The italic, less commonly used in identity work than the roman, has been captured in FontShop’s specimens:

Modern №20 specimen
A portion of FontShop’s specimen for Modern №20

Andrea shared some of her process from the numerals, too. You should follow her on Instagram to see more of her fantastic lettering in progress.

Sketches from our number twenty
Some of Andrea’s sketches

Type Brigade’s team and I are hoping to make this meetup unique, and type history and our event numerals are going to be a big part of that.

See you tomorrow

If you’re already registered for tomorrow’s Type Brigade №20, we can’t wait to see you. The event is at Mobify HQ, on the 3rd Floor of 948 Homer Street. Doors open around 6:30PM with the event starting at 7:00.

If you are registered but can no longer make it, please update your RSVP for this event so those on the waitlist can get a spot.

If you’re on the waitlist, mention @typebrigade at any time and we’ll confirm that there’s space for you as quickly as we can.

See you at Type Brigade!


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