It's with great pleasure to announce the success of our first ever Ligature Lecture. In the spirit of the film festival that took over Toronto in September, our first lecture focussed the relationship between lettering and the movie poster. Beginning in the early 1920's, Leslie's lecture spanned the decades looking into the characteristics of type and how it evolved with the movie poster itself.
We were lucky enough, thanks to Veronica Wong, to host the event at Shopify at its downtown office. If you haven't met this talented lady yet, check her out on Instagram (SUPERVEE). Can't get enough of her amazing lettering! The wonderful space allowed for much interaction during the presentation as well as a a show-and-tell that followed the presentation.
This was a great opportunity for Leslie to combine both of her passions: film and type. Although there are plenty of resources when it comes to the evolution of the movie poster throughout the years, it's the relationship with type that grabbed her attention. Throughout all the research that went into this lecture, it was the fun and interesting factoids that would come about. For instance, the original Metropolis poster, which only has 4 known original copies left, went to auction and sold for over $1 million? Wild!
There were many new faces that showed up for the presentation, which was fantastic. It was great to meet each and every one of you! It was lovely to see different groups break off and share some of the work that had been brought. As we move forward with Ligatures Lectures, it would be lovely for anyone interested in presenting a particular topic to contact Chris, Kyle, Margot, or myself. As we're such an eclectic group, it would be a great opportunity to share your knowledge with the rest of the group. We'd be happy to work with you for our second lecture.
Again, a big thank-you to Veronica and Shopify for hosting our very first lecture Looking forward to seeing everyone later this month for our type walk!
Photo credits: Christopher Rouleau