A studio project by Studio Catherine Griffiths,
typ gr ph c is a series of occasional workshops
for artists, designers and typographers
looking to experiment outside usual spaces,
in thought and practice.

Held at the studios of Catherine Griffiths and
photographer Bruce Connew, the location is
Karekare, New Zealand — a coastal rain-forest
45 minutes drive west of central Auckland.

Two studios, four tables, eight (8) participants,
books, a film screening, unpredictable weather,
bread, water and wine ... set the tone for an
intensive day, or two days, that will extend,
challenge and reward.

Purposefully small — in part shaped by the two
spaces and the environs — the intention of
typ gr ph c is to offer a closer participation
where conversation, critical reflection and
debate is stimulated by the exchange of
knowledge and perspectives.

typ gr ph c calls for a mix of practitioners,
academics and students (New Zealand/
international) who are authentic in their
thinking, open-minded and motivated.

The eight (8) places for each workshop will be
filled by invitation, recommendation, or
submission of a portfolio.

The first in the 2014 series was a one-day
workshop with Catherine Griffiths; the second,
a duet with Paul Barnes (UK); and the third
and final in the season — with Warren Olds (NZ),
was held on Friday, 13th June. 2015 started
with the fourth, a two-day duet with Tino Graß
(GERMANY), followed by the OFF typ gr ph c
»talk in talk« tour to Wellington, Dunedin and
Christchurch. The fifth is impromptu, mid-Winter,
and was with Catherine Griffiths and online guests,
in conjunction with Figures of Speech, a project
with Matthew Galloway.



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#5.
SPEECH PRACTICE

with Catherine Griffiths and online guests

Friday 31st July, 2015
8 places
NZD $450 + GST per participant

This one-day workshop will offer the
opportunity to use your voice, to explore
and experiment within the disciplines of
typography, graphic design and art practice.
Participants will use letterform — not
necessarily the written word — as the
primary tool with which to improvise and
construct meaning, whether social, political
or cultural.

Speech Practice will be joined by guests,
online via Skype: Amsterdam-based designers,
Sandra Kassenaar (NL) & David Bennewith (NZ);
and Matthew Galloway (NZ) designer and
lecturer, who will discuss Figures of Speech,
a recent project co-curated with CG.

 

There will be a physical
outcome, in connected to
Figures of Speech, the
details to be announced
at the workshop.

prepare for: unpredictable
weather patterns, powercuts
and remote connectivity

bring: recording device,
camera, laptop, notebook,
drawing instruments
of choice (graph paper,
and other materials will
be supplied)

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BF / Bryn Fenemor / designer, Richards Partners
DS / Dave Strydom / designer, Timely
eR / ellyse Randrup / student, Massey University
JJ / Josephine Jelicich / student, Massey University
LP / Leigh Paterson / lecturer, Otago Polytechnic
RS / Rebecca Steedman / lecturer, Whitecliffe
TAK / Tosh Ah Kit / gallery assistant, St Paul St, AUT

photographer:
Jinki Cambronero

paper: donated by
BJ Ball Papers


KEY DATES
03.07.2015 APPLICATION DEADLINE
17.07.2015 REGISTRATION DUE
31.07.2015 WORKSHOP

VIEW photographs from the workshop >>

typography: Catherine Griffiths, with TwoPoint by MuirMcNeil

 

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APPLICATION

Application is by invitation,
recommendation, or submission
of a portfolio. You may also
register your interest.

To make a recommendation, please
telephone, or email with details,
and the workshop number and title
in the subject line.

To apply by submission of a
portfolio, please email your
details, and website/portfolio,
with the workshop number/title
in the subject line.

To register your interest in
the typ gr ph c workshop series
join the list: include name,
discipline, and country.

Within the week after the
application deadline, you will
receive a confirmation email
of acceptance.

To complete registration as a
participant, you are required to
pay the registration fee by the
due date.

Eight (8) places only are
available for each workshop.

 

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“YOU WILL NEED BOTH HANDS TO WALK” / Matthew Galloway, 2015 / photographs: Jinki Cambronero

 

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#4.
»work out work«

with Catherine Griffiths & Tino Graß (GERMANY)

Friday 13th — Saturday 14th February, 2015
8 places: full
NZD $750 + gst per participant

An intensive two days with Catherine Griffiths
and Tino Graß (graphic designer and teacher in
visual communication and typography at Düsseldorf)
will examine the shape of abstraction and
spatial dimension in typo/graphic/design terms
by using the surroundings — be it physical in
nature, or a sub/consciousness of the social,
political and cultural landscape — as points of
reference. To consider elements that are present,
seen as trivial and therefore easily overlooked,
in the making of work. The projection of individual
thought, reading between the lines, and seeing a
shift in scale towards some kind of collective
outcome are essential to the dynamic.

The workshop will be held in the two studios —
Bruce Connew generously gives over his and becomes
host — and will include lectures, an evening film
screening, forest/beach scramble/walk, and plenty of
Bruce’s very good coffee, lunch, wine, beer (and
German sausage) that will only ascend conversation.

For more on Tino, view www.tinograss.de ........
Editorial and exhibition design includes »Typorama,
the Graphic work of Philippe Apeloig«, 2013, and
»Schriftgestalten, über Schrift und Gestaltung«
published by Niggli, 2008. Current work includes
a project with students designing a temporary
way-finding system for the upcoming Sigmar Polke
exhibition at the Ludvig Museum, Cologne.

 

There will be a physical
outcome, the details
of which will be announced
at the workshop

bring: notebook, drawing
instruments, any other
tools of choice (camera,
iPhone, scissors, scalpel,
French curves); graph paper
and other materials will
be supplied

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AK / Ashley Keen / graduate designer, Whitecliffe
DJ / Douglas Johns / designer, Coffee Supreme
JT / Jason Treweek / designer, Govett-Brewster
MG / Matthew Galloway / designer, lecturer, Otago Polytechnic
SC / Sarah Callesen / graphic designer, artist
SL / Sonya Lacey / designer, artist, HoD Whitecliffe
SM / Sanjiv Menon / senior designer, Richards Partners
TLB / Thomas Le Bas / designer, SV Associates, Berlin
TM / Tana Mitchell / designer, Tana Mitchell Design

photographer:
Jinki Cambronero

paper: donated by
BJ Ball Papers


KEY DATES
18.12.2014 APPLICATION DEADLINE
28.01.2015 REGISTRATION DUE
13/14.02.2015* WORKSHOP

 

VIEW photographs from the workshop >>


standing L-R: Jinki Cambronero, Bruce Connew, Doug Johns, Sonya Lacey, Ashley Keen, Jason Treweek, Matt Galloway, Catherine Griffiths, Tino Grass / front row: Sarah Callesen, Tana Mitchell, Thomas Le Bas, Sanjiv Menon

/ photograph: Jinki Cambronero

 

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OFF typ gr ph c ........
»talk in talk«
Catherine Griffiths & Tino Graß (GERMANY)


OFF typ gr ph c ........ is a lecture tour,
an extension to the workshop series.
Three lectures, »talk in talk« — free and open
to the public — are set for Wellington, Dunedin
and Christchurch, plus a student project led
by Matthew Galloway with Tino Graß, at Otago
Polytechnic School of Design.

In Wellington and Christchurch, Catherine and
Tino will discuss “type and diversity, a journey
into other spaces”, in and out of their practices
— design, typography, publishing and art-based
projects — and in connection to the other.

The Wellington lecture is a nod to seven years
since TypeSHED11.


TOUR DATES
16.02.2015 WELLINGTON / public lecture / 6pm / City Gallery Wellington
18/19.02.2015 DUNEDIN / public lecture / 10am / Dunedin Public Art Gallery
26.02.2015 CHRISTCHURCH / public lecture / 6pm / The Physics Room

with the support of

Goethe Institut
City Gallery Wellington
Otago Polytechnic School of Design
Dunedin Public Art Gallery

University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts
The Physics Room


/ poster: Tino Graß / poster of poster: Catherine Griffiths


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#3.
FRIDAY THE 13TH

with Catherine Griffiths & Warren Olds (NZ)

Friday, 13th June, 2014
8 places
NZD $550 + GST per participant

This one-day workshop with Catherine Griffiths
and Warren Olds (graphic designer, publisher
and occasional artist) will investigate horror,
complexity, isolation and punctuation. From
multiple starting points participants will collage
contexts to construct a non-letter alphabet from
printed matter (text and image). Bring tools for
cutting: scissors, knives, axes, chainsaws ...

 

There will be a physical
outcome, the details
of which will be defined
closer to, and during
the workshop

bring: laptop, notebook,
drawing instruments,
tools for cutting (scissors,
knives), graph paper and
other materials will be
supplied

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CG / Chloe Geoghegan / director, Blue Oyster Art Project Space
EE / Emma Eagle / designer, Mr Bigglesworthy
JG / Jess Gommers / designer, Designworks
JJ / Julie Jeon / designer, TradeMe
MP / Michael Pester / designer, Dowse Art Museum
KL / Kristin Leitch / designer, Cognitive Education Centre
SK / Sean Kerr / artist, senior lecturer, Elam, University of Auckland

assistant & photographer:
Amy Yalland

paper: donated by
BJ Ball Papers


KEY DATES
28.05.2014 APPLICATION DEADLINE
31.05.2014 REGISTRATION DUE
13.06.2014 WORKSHOP

 

VIEW photographs from the workshop >>

/ photograph: Warren Olds

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#2.
STENCIL/STENCILLED

with Catherine Griffiths & Paul Barnes (UK)

Friday 18th April, 2014
8 places
NZD $550 + GST per participant

A one-day workshop — with Catherine Griffiths
and graphic designer and typographer Paul Barnes
(and founding partner, Commercial Type) —
will introduce participants to the art of the
stencil letter, from drawing by hand and making
stencils, through to composition and application.
The chance to experiment with design, form,
materiality and meaning will occur during testing
and interpretation — the shifting of boundaries
— or simply by staying true to form.

 

There will be a physical
outcome, the details
of which will be defined
closer to, and during
the workshop

bring: notebook, drawing
and cutting instruments
of choice (graph paper,
and other materials will
be supplied)

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AD / Alan Deare / Area Design
JC / Jinki Cambronero / Alt Group
KJ / Kalee Jackson / Studio Kalee Jackson
LY / Lindsay Yee / Fuman
MB / Matthew Buchanan / CactusLab
SM / Sarah Maxey / Pataka Art + Museum / Sarah Maxey, Calligram
SS / Shabnam Shiwan / Saatchi & Saatchi Design
TM / Tana Mitchell / Tana Mitchell Design

assistant & photographer:
Amy Yalland

paper: donated by
BJ Ball Papers


KEY DATES
07.03.2014 APPLICATION DEADLINE
21.03.2014 REGISTRATION DUE
14.04.2014 WORKSHOP

 

VIEW photographs from the workshop >>

/ photograph: Amy Yalland, Index

 

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#1.
A TYPE OF IMPROVISATION

with Catherine Griffiths

Friday 7th February, 2014
8 places
NZD $300 + GST per participant

This one-day workshop will offer the
opportunity to use your voice: to explore
and experiment within the disciplines of
typography, graphic design and art practice.
Participants will use letterform — not
necessarily the written word — as the
primary tool with which to improvise and
construct meaning, whether social, political
or cultural. While attention will be paid
to detail, composition and aesthetic form,
accidents will happen, serendipity will
play out, and risks taken.

A post-workshop critique will follow with
Leonardo Sonnoli (Italy) and Masayoshi
Kodaira
(Japan).

 

There will be a physical
outcome, the details
of which will be defined
closer to, and during
the workshop

bring: laptop, notebook,
drawing instruments
of choice (graph paper,
and other materials will
be supplied)

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AM / Alice Murray / designer, Studio Alexander
CP / Caroline Powley / HoD, Whitecliffe
DM / Duncan Munro / designer, Lucky Stairs
EdCR / Eve de Castro-Robinson / composer, Auckland University
JR / Jo Ross / designer, Saatchi & Saatchi
KMcP / Kane McPherson / designer, Saatchi & Saatchi
LTC / Layla Tweedie-Cullen / designer, project space curator, S/F
SG / Sarah Gladwell / designer, Inhouse Design

assistant & photographer:
Amy Yalland

paper: donated by
BJ Ball Papers

printing: Amy Yalland
Index Press


KEY DATES
17.01.2014 APPLICATION DEADLINE
24.01.2014 REGISTRATION DUE
07.02.2014 WORKSHOP

 

VIEW photographs from the workshop >>

/ photograph: Amy Yalland, Index

 

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typ gr ph c featured in Strips Club, issue one

excerpt: “Up until late last year, typ gr ph c ........ was a fiction, a figment, an illusion. Later, it would push on as the notion began to sniff existence, but it was still a sort of fiction. It became material only at the moment it went public. Within ten days, eight people had registered for #1. Each workshop in the series is a fiction that steadily morphs until it completes. Then the next one begins, another fiction to materialise. These workshops are not unlike the cacophony of cicadas outside my studio window. After years underground, they emerge, mate and die within two to four weeks. Except typ gr ph c ........ doesn’t die, it’s recorded both as memory and ink on paper — the participants remain a part of its ongoing reality. typ gr ph c ........ is intended as occasional and experimental, in the forest at our two studios — a weird mix of public and private, of space and spaces, metaphysical and physical.

... By the time this article is published, the participants from #1 will have reconvened on April 1st at The Golden Dawn in Auckland. We will share the printed posters, discuss over a beer or two, the critique from Leonardo and Masayoshi, and they will wander away knowing the work they made in that single day is not end game, but an improvisation, a pivotal first in what will be an ongoing collation of outcomes for typ gr ph c ........ — for the record — and, most importantly, they extended themselves, however fictional or otherwise.”

CG
12.03.14
NZ

Read feature >>

Buy Strips Club >>

 

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Strips Club reviewed, with a mention*: “... M/K Press and Index based in Auckland are spotlighted, as is Catherine Griffiths’ experimental workshops and associated studio environment. Griffiths’ typ gr ph c ........ workshops seem intent on dilating the boundaries of graphic design by challenging the exploits and ideas of individual mark makers in a bespoke studio experience. Self-initiated projects coupled with the realities of graphic design as a commerical and personal practice left room for this publication [Strips Club] to discuss and consider what happens in the “real world” (whatever that is) when graphic design is let loose. This publication is a lively examination of the complex layers that make up graphic design — presented at once as both a noun and a verb.” — Point #59, arts, culture, music, events zine out of Dunedin / *thank you for pointing out, Chloe Geoghegan

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Chloe Geoghegan shares her experience as a participant at FRIDAY the 13TH, the third workshop in the series with Nothing in Mind (in exchange for A Playlist : CG >> CG).

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typ gr ph c ........ 2014 ........ #1 / photograph: Amy Yalland, Index

 

 

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SEE all the workshops!

#1.
A TYPE OF IMPROVISATION

with Catherine Griffiths

 

#2.
STENCIL/STENCILLED

with Catherine Griffiths
& Paul Barnes (UK)

 

#3.
FRIDAY THE 13TH

with Catherine Griffiths
& Warren Olds (NZ)

 

#4.
»work out work«

with Catherine Griffiths
& Tino Graß (GERMANY)

 

#5.
SPEECH PRACTICE

with Catherine Griffiths
& online guests (NZ/NL)

 

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APPLICATION

Application is by invitation,
recommendation, or submission
of a portfolio. You may also
register your interest.

To make a recommendation, please
telephone, or email with details,
and the workshop number and title
in the subject line.

To apply by submission of a
portfolio, please email your
details, and website/portfolio,
with the workshop number/title
in the subject line.

To register your interest in
the typ gr ph c workshop series
join the list: include name,
discipline, and country.

Within the week after the
application deadline, you will
receive a confirmation email
of acceptance.

To complete registration as a
participant, you are required to
pay the registration fee by the
due date.

Eight (8) places only are
available for each workshop.

 

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CONTACT


Catherine Griffiths

Studio Catherine Griffiths
Karekare, Auckland
New Zealand

+64 27 664 6132
email
www.typgrphc.co.nz

 

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STAY IN TOUCH

Join the typ gr ph c list
include name, discipline,
and country

Follow on Twitter
@typ_gr_ph_c

 

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Studio Catherine
Griffiths and
typ gr ph c
acknowledge the
encouragement of
Shabnam Shiwan to
begin the series,
seven years on
from TypeSHED11.

A note on the
visual language
of typ gr ph c:
The right-angled
trapezoid and
two circles are
informed by the
floor plan of the
two studios, and
the plywood
remnants from
building. The
circles together
form the figure
8; the holes
match the number
of consonsants;
which in turn,
sets the number
of participants,
four in each
studio space.

typ gr ph c
has to date,
employed Dala
Floda Fat Italic,
by Paul Barnes,
Commercial Type;
Founders Gotesk
Mono Light and
Bold, by Kris
Sowersby, Klim
Type Foundry
;
Panopticon A and
C 010 Perimeter,
and TwoPoint by
MuirMcNeil.

typ gr ph c lly
yours,

/ CG

 

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#1.
A TYPE OF IMPROVISATION

with Catherine Griffiths

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#2.
STENCIL/STENCILLED

with Catherine Griffiths
& Paul Barnes (UK)

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#3.
FRIDAY the 13TH

with Catherine Griffiths
& Warren Olds (NZ
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#4.
»work out work«
with Catherine Griffiths & Tino Graß (GERMANY)

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