Type Can Speak

May 10, 2011

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Type Can Speak

A Private View – 5th May

Despite the coalition government deciding to run a referendum on AV on the same day as the launch of our Type Can Speak Private View, we were incredibly pleased with how the evening went and with the turn out.

You know how it is when you’ve put the little onions and cubes of cheese on sticks, you’ve dug out all of your favourite LP’s and made sure the people in the flat downstairs know that there may (hopefully) be some noise coming through the floor…and all you’re waiting for is the guests to arrive?   You never really know how well the party is going to go do you?

Back in February, we approached the HE Graphic Design department at Central Bedfordshire College to see if the students would be interested in working on a project with us.  The concept of the project was to create a book showcasing their understanding of how typography is used and what it means to them.  It became apparent very quickly that Celeste and Malcolm, the course tutors, could see the value of the project and how it easily tied in with the student course work.  We left the brief as open as possible and the project was set.  Each year group was assigned a different task – first year students looked at typography terminology, second year students obtained quotes from industry creatives and final year BA (Hons) students were tasked with designing the glossary, cover and a topic of their own choice.

As soon as we saw the first submissions we knew that the work would be of a high enough standard to put a show together.  The quality and range of creative styles were inspired and as well as inspiring.  Invites were designed by the students, printed by us and sent out to a selection of college principals, Xcaliba clients and all those that kindly submitted industry quotes to the students to use on the project. ‘Type Can Speak’ – a private view was booked for the evening of May 5th.

From the moment the first guests arrived the evening just rushed by – lots of great conversations between the guests and students, great networking opportunities for student placements and quite a bit of reminiscing by some older creatives getting ‘all nostalgic’ about their time as design students.  All of the students gave a very good account of themselves and were a credit to themselves and to the college – they took responsibility for running the bar, greeting guests and were incredibly willing and enthusiastic about discussing the work on show.

Special thanks go to Celeste, Malcolm and Will as well as everyone at Central Beds College for their support.

The show will run through to May 25th so if you get a chance we’d highly recommend you pop along to The Store on the Grove Park Complex, Dunstable.  The gallery is open to the public Monday to Friday 10:30 to 4:30.  If you miss the opportunity of visiting The Store then there is a chance that the show will be moving around Bedfordshire, visiting libraries and offices across the county.  We’ll keep you posted when we have more details.

And of course you can always order your free copy of the Type Can Speak book on our ‘stuff for you’ page.



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Jane Heaton May 11, 2011 at 5:23 pm

I was really impressed by the enthusiasm for the project from all sides. I know the students were incredibly motivated by having a real world brief to work with – it was really well done on your part too, investing the time and giving your expertise and experience to help them prepare for the commercial realities of pitching their work to a client. Hope the sale of prints goes well and that we can use this venture to encourage more business / educational collaborations!


Catriona Russell May 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Looks really interesting and will definitely take the time to go along and have a look. Have seen the book and it is full of information displayed in an exciting, creative way – well done Central Beds College and Xcaliba!


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