A new look for Christopher (continued)

Here's a closer look at my new branding materials. More on the new brand and wordmark here.

Ellen Lupton

Last November, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Ellen Lupton at the RGD Design Thinkers conference in Toronto. Dr. Lupton was incredibly gracious and offered some great insights on graphic design, education, and the changing industry.

You can read the full interview in issue 27 of Uppercase Magazine. Thank you to Dr. Lupton for her time and to Janine for this great opportunity.

Also: check out my interview of Honest Ed's sign painter Wayne Reuben in issue 23 of Uppercase Magazine.

A new look for Christopher

After months of preparation, I am thrilled to unveil my new identity. Lots more to share this week, including some new products in my shop and some exciting giveaways on my Instagram & Twitter. Please take a moment to explore my new & improved website: christopherrouleau.com

Special thanks to Kyle Gallant for his exceptional skills animating my logo.

Letter by letter

I'm thrilled to be sharing my passion for lettering at two sold out Ligatures brush pen workshops this weekend in Toronto.

Lots of exciting things brewing for the fall. Please stay tuned!

Calgary brush pen workshop

I'm thrilled to announce that I will be co-instructing a special brush pen workshop in Calgary next month!

This is a full-day workshop, sponsored by GDC and Uppercase Magazine, will be held Sunday, July 12 from 9am – 5pm at Uppercase in the Devinish building (908 – 17th Avenue SW, Suite 201 B, Calgary, AB). There will be a one hour break for lunch.

Here are the details & registration link:

If you are interested in participating, please sign up asap - there are only 16 spaces available!

Thanks for your support!

Type Camp Pointed Pen 2015

On Friday, May 15, I joined master calligrapher Xandra Zamora at the Type Directors Club in New York City to teach a Pointed Pen workshop for Type Camp. This was my second time visiting NYC and my first time at the TDC office – it was the perfect space to inspire young typographers and letterers, surrounded by vintage comic book designs and case of type.

We were greeted by executive director Carol Wahler, who helped us get the space set up and made sure we had everything we needed for the workshop. She generously set up a coffee station so that we had fuel for the day.

While Xandra beautified each Type Campers sketchbook, I prepared the supply kits, which included handouts, pens, nibs & walnut ink crystals. Participants arrived on time (thank you!) and we began the workshop just after 10:00am.

Xandra and I welcomed the group to Type Camp with our personal introductions, and then we got to meet each of the participants with Type Camp's infamous Name Game; within a few minutes, we all knew each other's names, backgrounds, and were ready to start the workshop.

The day began with a series of exercises related to lettering stroke – pressure & release. Xandra offered her expert knowledge to the class and presented a series of top-notch demos so that each participant felt comfortable with the new techniques. We were available all day to offer one-on-one tips to each camper, and answer any questions that arose.

We took a quick lunch break (yummy Thai food!) and then reconvened to get into pen & ink work. With Xandra's guidance through basic lower case letterforms and the more sophisticated upper case characters, each camper practiced their pointed pen and found their personal style.

Here's a look at Xandra's personal collection of pointed pens. So beautiful!

As the workshop progress, campers made impressive progress in consistency and form. It's amazing what seven hours of practice can do!

And here is a group shot of Xandra, myself, and the proud pointed pen participants of Type Camp NYC 2015.

A huge thanks to Carol at the TDC for her kindness and hospitality. Thank you and congratulations to all of the campers for being so attentive, receptive & enthusiastic. It was a pleasure with working with such an amazing group.

And thanks to Shelley for this amazing opportunity!

RedLab Digital

I'm excited to unveil three special chalkboards I just wrapped up at RedLab Digital, a post-production shop that works with ad agencies and film & TV producers.

Above is the 2' x 6' kitchen menu chalkboard, and below are the large 5' x 7' chalkboards in two meeting rooms.

Thanks again to Breanne for this great opportunity, and to everyone at RedLab for making me feel at home.

Church Street Espresso

Here's a new menu chalkboard I created for Church Street Espresso, located at 585 Church St. Toronto (at Isabella). Stop by for a delicious affogato, or enjoy some fresh gelato!

A few more photos below.