Win tickets for Typo London

The Typo conference series, which originated in Berlin, returns to London this year on October 19 and 20, and we have five pairs of tickets to give away…

The Typo conference series, which originated in Berlin, returns to London this year on October 19 and 20, and we have five pairs of tickets to give away.

Recent additions to this year’s line-up incude the London-based publisher Visual Editions, Irma Boom, Paula Scher and Rian Hughes, whose fairground photographs were featured in October’s Monograph. Other speakers on the schedule include Kate Moross (above), Ken Garland, Anthony Burrill, APFEL and Paul Barnes.

Explaining the topic, head of programme Adrian Shaughnessy says: “What I like about the idea of having ‘social’ as our theme is that there are so many ways of being social – both as a designer and as a human being. It is thinking about the social implications of our work as designers. It is sharing professional experiences at an event like Typo London. I also hope people will use the two days to look at what they are doing as practitioners or as students. It is no longer possible to be a designer without considering the social implications of what we do – environmentally, ethically and culturally.”

The event runs across October 19 and 20, and tickets are £425 for the two days. Full details can be found here.

Thanks to Typo London we have five pairs of tickets to give away for the weekend. For a chance to win a pair of tickets, simply add a comment to this post letting us know why you in particular deserve the tickets (bonus points awarded for creativity). You have until 5pm GMT tomorrow (Friday September 28), and then we’ll choose our favourite responses and announce the five winners.


After careful deliberation, we’ve chosen our five winners, who will each receive a pair of tickets for Typo London.

Our first winner is James E – we couldn’t resist his mastery of the fine art of punning:

“Ill get to the point.
To be franklin, times are hard & I avant garde a hope in helvetica of stretching to such an extended price. I’d be the happiest minion in the univers for myriad reasons, and know I have an extra slim chance but I’m set on windings and would treat you to a point and a courier in the futura, bodoni if I win. Apologies if you find the syntax a little grotesque.

Must em dash”

Anzhela and Luca also did a great job on this front, with their type-themed conversation:

“Anzhela: Hey Luca do you think we can DINGBAT those tickets?
Luca: Let’s give it a go but there is a MYRIAD of people already trying.
A: Yes but we can write something AVANT-GARDE to get noticed.
L: mmh… probably something ZAPFINO would be more COMIC SANS.
A: OPTIMA! I wish to have one of those tickets in my hands.
L: Oh don’t tell me about it, the smell of PAPYRUS can’t disappoint.
A: And what about listening to all those LEADING designers? I wish I could socialize and make some LIGATURES with them.
L: I just hope our try is not going to be too much of an AKZIDENZ GROTESK.
A: No don’t worry we will try with some EUROSTILE and ITALIC accent!
L: What if we do not get any free tickets?
A: We can TRADE GOTHIC jewellery with Creative Review.
L: No… They are just too MODERN for this.
A: We do not have any TRANSITIONAL option: you just have to steal them !
L: Na… the british SERIF will catch me and send me to the famous OLD STYLE prison.
A: Don’t worry, I will bring you a BASKERVILLE full of FRUTIGER during my visits to keep your soul LUCIDA.
L: That’s very GARAMOND of you!
A: I am sure your X-HEIGHT will allow you to escape from the BOLD security guy.
L: Anzhela, I think the best way to get those tickets is to write a personal eMail to Patrick Burgoyne !
A: He is not going to listen to the words of an AMERICAN TYPEWRITER ! I am sure he will think is a TRAJAN.
L: We can still try, this talk is just ROCKWELL !! “

We enjoyed Jonny’s animated gif response:

“Winning tickets to Typo London would be…”

Maisie won us over with her comment, and also because she did such a great job as a talent-spotter for us earlier this year.

“I deserve them because I can’t think of anything else to make a pie chart about!!
-in case you don’t know what this is about you can also win tickets by making a pie chart on the typo london website.

(also I’m a poor student, sob! and I did that talent spotting thing for you at the end of last year) “

And last, but definitely not least, we thought Joana from Portugal definitely deserved a pair of tickets:

“I’m a student from Portugal and I’m doing my MA thesis on typography, more specifically, on signage. So going to Typo London would really mean a lot. I would have to pay the trip, somewhere to sleep and food; that adding to the amount of books I’ve been buying for the thesis research, it’s too much right now.

Hope to get that ticket! If not, sadly, I won’t be going.

Best regards,
Joana Nogueira.”

Thanks to everyone who commented, and well done to our winners – we’ll be in touch with details of how to claim your tickets.

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