Inspiration of the Day: TYPO SF

Last weekend I had the amazing opportunity of attending TYPO San Francisco. It was a typography nerd’s dream weekend. Here are my top five new sources of inspiration from the conference.


TYPO Inspiration: Lisa Congdon

Lisa Congdon

Painter. Hand drawn typographer. Illustrator. Textile designer. It seems like there really isn’t much that Lisa Congdon doesn’t do. Not only does she do pretty much everything, she is prolific. She creates Patterns of the Week and even challenged herself to 365 Days of Hand Lettering. She is so enthusiastic she has even made me want to start my own 365-day challenge.


TYPO Inspiration: Gemma O'Brien

Mrs. Eaves aka Gemma O’Brien

Gemma O’Brien may be just 26 years old and didn’t know typography existed until eight years ago but she is a remarkable, hand drawn typographer. She believes words should speak like a picture and that she is an artist with type being her medium. This is all apparent in her work. Gemma was the one designer that I was familiar with prior to attending TYPO. Her insta is my daily source of hand drawn typography inspiration, and since hearing her speak I have been perusing her blog to see some of her earlier works.


TYPO Inspiration: Rene Knip

René Knip

If I had to describe René Knip in one word it would be hilarious. I did not anticipate to be laughing out loud during an hour-long talk on type but I was, along with the entire audience. René is an extremely talented typographer that works in the 2.5 dimension. I found him extremely inspiring because he is a very genuine person who is doing exactly what he loves and having fun doing it. Pretty much, he is someone I would love to grab a beer with to pick their brain and get in some more laughs. If you are looking for some amazing typographic inspiration, from poster design to signage to custom typefaces, check out his website.


TYPO Inspiration: Maria Popova

Maria Popova

Reading, thinking about it, and writing about it. That is how Maria Popova, founder of Brain Pickings, describes what she does for a living. Immediately after hearing her keynote, I subscribed to her newsletter and highly recommend you do so too. It is a refreshing peek at a huge variety of topics, and when I say variety I mean it. There is everything from analyzing the connection between famous writer’s sleep habits and their productivity to Maya Angelou’s advice to the daughter she never had, which by the way is “Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.”


TYPO Inspiration: Augustus, the Gold-Paved Chicken

Augustus, the Gold-Paved Chicken

Yes, I am inspired by a chicken, a gorgeous, golden chicken. Augustus is a chicken that was photographed to be used in the décor and branding of Roostertail. Augustus was one of the giveaways I received from attending TYPO and will soon be framed and featured on my wall. This project just shows you never know exactly what a design project will involve. Luckily, being an intern at Hoodzpah has never involved me soothing a chicken, though I don’t know if I would be opposed to that. Check out the behind-the-scenes video of the chicken photo shoot if you want to learn more.



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