Wednesday, 12:00am
4 December 2013

Type Tuesday – 10 December 2013

Archive night with Lucienne Roberts, Rathna Ramanathan, Fraser Muggeridge, Gerry Leonidas, Ken Garland, Simon Esterson and Martin Andrews

Next week we’ll be hosting another Type Tuesday event at St Bride Library in London. This time it’s an ‘archive night’ in collaboration with the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading.

Ken Garland. Top: Smith’s Indicator Map from the Reading Archive.

Ken Garland TYPO London

The format will be familiar to anyone who attended our archive nights in New York last May, or Amsterdam in October, or in London at the V&A and St Bride in 2012.

What happens is that a number of distinguished guests choose items from the archive in question. Each contributor talks about their chosen item for five or ten minutes, with the help of projected slides or a visualiser.

For this occasion our guests have chosen artefacts from the Reading Department’s archive, and we are very grateful for the participation of Gerry Leonidas, Associate Professor of Typography, University of Reading, who will be presenting his own choice from the collection.

Gerry Leonidas.

Gerry Leonidas

Our other guests are: Rathna Ramanathan, graphic designer and design tutor; Fraser Muggeridge, graphic designer, founder of the Typography Summer School; Ken Garland, graphic designer and photographer; Simon Esterson, art director and co-owner of Eye magazine; and Martin Andrews, former deputy director of the Centre for Ephemera Studies, University of Reading.

Martin Andrews.

Martin Andrews

The Reading archive is an extraordinarily rich and varied collection of artefacts from the history of typography, printing and graphic design.

Isotype diagram, 1938.


But to find out what Lucie, Rathna, Fraser, Gerry, Ken, Simon and Martin have chosen, you’ll have to buy an advance ticket from Eventbrite, and come along to St Bride Library next Tuesday evening, 10 December 2013.

Bulb catalogue, 1889.


Type Tuesday: Archive Night with Reading University
Tuesday 10 December 2013
7-9.30pm, Bridewell Hall, St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EE, UK. (Directions)

Tickets via Eventbrite,

Eye magazine presents the fourth of four informal gatherings about design and type. Speakers include Martin Andrews, Gerry Leonidas, Fraser Muggeridge, Rathna Ramanathan, Lucienne Roberts, Ken Garland and Eye art director Simon Esterson.

Lucienne Roberts. Photograph by Anthony Oliver.


Eye is the world’s most beautiful and collectable graphic design journal, published quarterly for professional designers, students and anyone interested in critical, informed writing about graphic design and visual culture. It is available from all good design bookshops and online at the Eye shop, where you can buy subscriptions and single issues.