I Love Typography

Type Camp 2008

The ultimate vacation

Are you interested in typography? Do you feel that you don’t quite know what you’re doing when it comes to letterforms and text? Do you want to know more? Or perhaps you just want to visit the ‘Typographic Archipelago’ (and get your company to pay)? TypeCamp is one of the few places in the world where you get to relax and talk shop while surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

type camp


This years’ instructors are Tiffany Wardle (aka Typegirl), typographer and graphic designer with fabulous type identifying skills, Dyana Weissman, Font Bureau type designer extraordinaire with Benton Modern Display on her list of accomplishments, and Dr. Shelley Gruendler, typographer, educator and founder of Type Camp.

Is it worth it?

It is whatever you want it to be. Do you want to learn more about typesetting? Type design? Typographic history? Type selection? It’s all there. Our aim is to expose you to all aspects of the subject and beyond what is covered in a classroom. You will meet people from other countries and you will experiment with ideas. It’s not about rigid perfection, it is about flexible learning while enjoying every minute.

Will I have fun?

Of course! It is your chance to travel back to your childhood summer camp where you were able to kick back and feel the sun on your skin and the grass between your toes. Only this time, you get to do this all while finding new inspiration in your design work and being surrounded by other type-keeners.

Breakfast is at the humane hour of 9am and the morning discussions start an hour later. After lunch, we have several hours of workshops and then we go on an excursion to explore the other parts of the island such as Montague Harbour:

type camp

or the Bodega Ridge:

bodega ridge

All the rest is free time so you can go for a walk, watch the eagles, or just hang out with the other campers in the cabins:

type camp cabins

We combine learning with living.

Interested?

Register for Type Camp Galiano 3-8 August 2008.

If you have a type-related event that you wish to tell the world about, then why not do it through these pages. Events are posted completely free of charge, of course.

And, if you’ve attended Type Camp, or you haven’t been and have questions, then ask away in the comments below, and someone who knows will answer. Be sure to check out the other Type Camp photos.


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  1. I’m shure it is a perfect vacation plan! I really whish i could be there… perhaps next year!!!

  2. Pedro
    Yes, me too; I’d love to go. Perhaps they can organise a Type Camp Japan!

  3. Yes! Combining my love for type with my desire to visit Japan… what a wonderful idea!

  4. I went last year and I gotta say it was an excellent use of a week. I was lucky enough to have my shop pay for the expense, but would recommend doing it either way. It made me twice the type nut I was before, even in the technical aspect of things, and not just appreciating pretty type.

  5. I remember when you first posted about this. I so wanna go! :)

  6. Seems like a great trip! but a bit to far for me.. If there a Typecamp Europe, count me in! I see there are only 15 participants, this will for sure be an interesting typetrip. Any stories I’d love to read them. Have fun for everybody who’s going.

  7. That sounds fun!! I would love to go if I can find time. =(

  8. Katy
    I’ve seen the contents of your purse. I can’t imagine how much luggage you’d take with you! ;)

  9. Tiffany

    Thank you, John, for sharing the news!

    Sander for something a little closer you might be interested in Type Camp India. Shelley might also be holding another Type Camp London next year.

  10. Haydee

    Hi John,

    do you have any other workshops to recommend?

    Thanks a lot,

  11. johno: That’s actually usually the max. contents in my purse during weekdays when I go to work just in case I don’t go home. I even have an overnight bag and changes of clothes and shoes in my car. I carry everything with me… better to be prepared than not.

    Anyway, sorry to be spamming on here!

  12. gosh, this TypeCamp is so tempting, especially considering the fact that it’s only a two-hour ferry ride from where I live. Last year we went vacationing on the Mayne Island, which is minutes away from the Galliano island where TypeCamp is taking place. It’s absolutely gorgeous there.

    If I could only take my daughter with me, I would definitely go. I’ve sent them an email asking about it. I doubt that kids are allowed but I thought to ask anyway.

  13. Katy
    Not spamming at all. Pleased that you’re here; and I’ve discovered your blog in the process. Not really my topic, but a great read, nevertheless. I’m a closet subscriber now.

    Haydee
    Where in the world are you?

    inspirationbit
    That would be great. Perhaps they could hold a “side-show” for the kinds; or a Junior Type Camp :)

  14. It’s just a ferry ride away from me! Ughh, too bad I don’t have $1300 to invest in it. Hopefully next year =(

  15. Sweet! Combine two of my favorite pastimes, and you’ve got yourself a winner.

    Sadly, I don’t quite have the time or funds for this adventure. Perhaps I’ll have to wait for TypeCamp Canada. :)

  16. Thanks for all the comments - and hey to you Colin! Loved having you here last year! Unfortunately, this looks to be the last year that we’ll have TypeCamp on Galiano Island - London is iffy for next year but India will happen December 2009. Email me with any camp questions offline at info[at]typecamp.org

  17. A type camp in europe would be great… i would prefer it on a sunny place like Portugal (it would also be perfect since i live here) but even with it being london count me in! Nice initiative!

  18. Haydee

    well… brazil?
    oh, yeah… i know… it’s far far away…

    but i’ve been thinking about taking some classes
    or workshops on my vacations…
    that could be anywhere…

  19. All of these ideas for locations are great - if you can find 10-15 people to join you, I’ll find the (local and international) instructors and make it happen … .

  20. What an absolutlely brilliant concept.
    In the future we’ll be sending all kids to Type camp and eventually world peace and properly designed & kerned typefaces will follow.

  21. I agree with fredrik.

    I myself am in Colombia (Latin America) and would love to go to typecamp, here or elsewhere. The current location seems lovely, so I suppose a lot of people will be sad it’s moving.

    Where will typecamp be this december? I might go to the US.

    All the best guys.

  22. Sounds great! I am also looking forward to the Paula Scher typography workshop in DC this month (on my company’s dime, score!)… glad I signed up when I did, because now it’s sold out.

    http://www.adcmw.org/forms/paula-scher.html

    Anne

  23. Oh my…

    I have been to Canada twice for snowboarding the Kootenay Mountains (2 complete winter seasons) and i always wanted to go to Vancouver Island, especially to Nanaimo. Man, i so envy the ones who’ll sign up for this. If i could afford it, i would definitely go, even if i were forced to quit my day job.

    This article ruined my week, John. Go to hell!

    ;)

  24. A type camp in europe would be great… i would prefer it on a sunny place like Portugal (it would also be perfect since i live here) but even with it being london count me in! Nice initiative!

  25. Webdesign hamburg must think just like me, since he wrote precisely what I had posted!? I had to interrobang this one.

  26. Are minors allowed?

  27. On a related note, Firebelly Design (the small studio i work for) just finished up a Camp very similar to this. It was more design focused but our projects had their hands deeply placed in the foundation of type and type studies. I made sure of it. some of our guests were Rick Valicenti, Mike Perry and Delicious Design League. It was an incredible time and we’ll do it again. See how it went here: http://www.campfirebelly.com/blog

    _will

  28. Brian:

    What do you mean by ‘minors’?
    Contact me off-list at info[at]typecamp.org

  29. Will

    Ahh what a wonderful place - it’s also only a ferry ride away from me in Victoria. Sounds like it would be an awesome camp - maybe one year!

  30. Shelley:

    By minor, I mean someone under the legal age of full responsibility.

  31. Carie

    I live one island north, and I’d love to come. But it’s too expensive. Maybe a seminar in the winter for locals?

  32. Shira

    Sounds great!
    If they’d organize a camp in europe, I’d come all the from Israel to participate. The current location is a bit too far for me.
    Please think about it!

  33. “We are sorry, but this camp has been cancelled for 2008”

  34. That’s just sad!

    Do one the next one in europe (portugal would be great) and I’m definitely into it!

  35. What is ‘J. Rangel’ referring to? I had to cancel Information Design 2008 because of a lack of applicants and we have had to postpone Type Camp India until December 2009 so that Rathna Ramanathan and I can have more time to finalise the curriculum and schedule.

    Other than that, Type Camp Galiano will run as scheduled on 3 August - and we’re filled to capacity!

  36. Sorry, true:

    Type Camp Information Design: 10-15 August 2008
    We are sorry, but this camp has been cancelled for 2008

  37. Yes ‘J. Rangel’, we had to cancel Information Design because we only had 2 applicants (I wish I had known that you were interested?)! The instructors and I would like to try again, but we’d probably hold it in Europe instead of Canada, where more people actually know what information design is. In my new Continuing Studies program at Langara College in Vancouver, our 3rd studio in the Communication and Ideation Design series is an Information Design studio so perhaps that will help with public awareness of the topic.

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