Ben Casey TypoCircle talk

In his forthcoming Typographic Circle talk, From Life Drawing to Letter Spacing, designer and educator Ben Casey will examine what has happened to the basic set of artistic skills, as taught in art and design colleges – and whether the industry still needs them

In what will no doubt be an emotive topic, Casey’s take on the nature of how art and design skills are taught in colleges will form the next talk in the Typographic Circle’s impressive ongoing schedule of events on January 28 in London.

Casey is set to reflect on how education has affected his own career, too. As co-founder and creative head of The Chase, Casey has led the studio to become one of the most awarded design consultancies in the UK (it has taken the top spot in Design Week’s Creative League Table twice in the last five years).

Yet while known primarily as a graphic designer – with a portfolio that also includes TV work, type design, copywriting and public artwork – Casey is also an educator with a proven track record. In the inaugural D&AD Student Award Scheme, for example, his students at Preston Polytechnic (UCLan) won first, second and two of the four third prizes awarded that year.

But are we seeing an erosion of the key skills that have been taught in art colleges for decades? Does this matter? Casey will look at this polarising issue – and more – on the 28th.

The event takes place on Thursday January 28 at 7pm at St Bride Library, 14 Bride Lane, London EC4Y 8EQ. More details at typocircle.com. Tickets are £10 for members; £6 for student members; £16 for non-members; and £10 for student non-members and are available here. Please be aware that the talk will start at 7pm.

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