Thursday, September 19, 2019 6:00PM – 8:30PM
General Assembly Seattle
1218 Third Avenue, 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98101 View Map
Join us in August at our new location!
And note our NEW, EARLIER starting time!
TypeThursdaySEA is a gathering of creative people in the Seattle area who love type and letters, held every month and open to all. We like to think of ourselves as a type superfamily: we attract local letterform lovers hailing from all disciplines and levels of expertise.
Our new location is at General Assembly, right in downtown Seattle, in the Seattle Tower (the Art Deco skyscraper sometimes known as “the Clark Kent building”) at Third & University. It’s kitty-corner from Benaroya Hall, right near the University St. light-rail station, which makes getting there a breeze on public transit. (No more fighting the South Lake Union traffic!) Note: at the main entrance, you may have to call GA’s phone number upstairs to be buzzed in.
Our focus is both on the design of letters and on how they’re used: typography, calligraphy, lettering, type design, editorial design, UI and UX design, motion graphics, chalk-drawn signage, everything that involves a love of letters. Show us what you’re working on! Or just come and join the conversation.
Social hours bookend the centerpiece of our event: a group critique of work-in-progress that we refer to as Type Crit. It's an inclusive event, and a forum for everyone in the local lettering & typographic community to get together informally every month. TypeThursday is a great way to come out of your own corner for an evening of meeting up with your peers. We've been going long enough now to have “regulars,” but newcomers are very welcome and invited to join us.
Each event kicks off with a social/networking hour, with free wine & beer and munchies (donations very much accepted, but not required), and lots of friendly talk. Then more drinks & talk after the crit! We have a raffle (who knows what items of typographic interest will turn up this month?). There's a Lettering Table where anyone can draw or scribble to their heart's content. Did we mention friendly people with some common interests? Make it your monthly Seattle typographic habit.
And you never know who might show up. Last August we had both Roger Black and Ksenya Samarskaya visit us, and Roger showed us an "unsolicited redesign" he had done. In October those of us who were at the ATypI conference in Antwerp showed stuff we had brought back from there, and we celebrated TTSEA’s one-year anniversary with cake. In November, world-class calligrapher Iskra Johnson joined us. January saw David Blatner, Laura Worthington, and a host of others. In March, we hosted the podcast “Meet the Creatives” with Rob Johnston interviewing Gabriel Stromburg of Civilization, as well as hearing from Richard Bailey & Lukas Paltram, who were in town from Dalton Maag in London. In April, we heard from Lizzy Skolmen about Experience Design. In June, Font Detective Thomas Phinney gave us a short talk about his ongoing work as a typographic sleuth. You could be the surprise special guest this month!
TypeThursday is an entirely volunteer-run operation. We’re always happy to meet new people, especially if they’re interested in helping out. It’s a good way to make an impression in your local type community. Fun, too. Talk to any of us if you’d like to volunteer.