San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Life’s a thrill. Fonts are chill.
James Edmondson is an independent type designer in San Francisco, getting his early career start with the Lost Type Co-op, a pay-what-you-can font foundry for personal use fonts, and working with clients such as Facebook, Society of Publication Designers and Mine™. Recent projects include OHNO T.C., They Went with Hobo and Robofont Extensions.
One of six boys, Edmondson grew up playing with Legos, which he attributes to first sparking his interest in design; however, he received a calligraphy book with instructions when he turned 12, and that has—literally and figuratively—shaped his passion for type and lettering. Figure-ground relationships. Rhythm. Consistency. With the principles of a calligrapher and mindset of a letter artist (rather than a graphic designer), Edmondson told Snap magazine, “I’m not really someone who can come up with new ideas on my own, so the alphabet is the biggest inspiration for me—the convention of how letters are drawn.” Influenced by humanist-style faces considered by many to be the great-grandparents of today’s types, Edmondson’s original fonts include Wisdom Script—you may recognize it from barackobama.com—Duke and Lavanderia. Of them, he says, “I take pride in my curves like a plus-size model.”
One of Print magazine’s 20 “New Visual Artists” in 2013, Edmondson graduated from California College of the Arts and the TypeMedia program at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, Netherlands. Quick to give credit where it’s due, recognize his heroes along the way, and down-play his talents, Edmondson connects type and lettering with other interests: songwriting, skateboarding—although he claims he’s terrible at it—and Jimmy Buffett. Edmondson’s a self-proclaimed Parrothead.
Back in 2012, at the green age of 20, Edmondson told the creatives at Doejo that he “would love to teach typography some day”. Today, he’s a ripe 29—and a visiting faculty member of his alma mater.
Join us in welcoming the very talented—and playfully irreverent—James Edmondson, who will present Type & Lettering at the Denver Art Museum as part of AIGA Colorado’s Speaker Series for the month of September. Learn about his lifelong love of the lowercase j and how he uses KY as a design tool...
Doors open at 6pm for the social hour. Cash-only bar and free food. Speaker presentation is at 7pm. Parking lot entrance is on 12th. Street parking is available and most meters are free after 6pm.
Aiga CO Member :: $15
Non-Member :: $30
Aiga CO Student Member :: $10
Student Non-Member :: $15
Design Council Membership (with code:DC2016 ) :: $15
@ Door Member :: $25
@ Door Non-Member :: $40
@ Door Student Member :: $10
@ Door Student Non-Member :: $20
Sales are final with no refunds unless AIGA CO cancels the event. Tickets are transferable, however. Tell a friend to come as you.
Door prizes from Adobe Typekit for all attendees & a $100 font voucher from The Design Foundry.