TypoCircle is a membership organisation run by volunteers and spans advertising, design and typography. Its mission is to bring like-minded creatives together to share ideas and socialise at monthly talks and other events. Its magazine, Circular, has been created by Pentagram partner Domenic Lippa since 1999.
It was first mooted in 1976 by Maggie Lewis, a typographer working in advertising. Its first formal incarnation was in 1978 as The Type Directors’ Club, London. The name changed to The Typographic Circle in 1988, with a logo by Peter Saville and Brett Wickens. The identity for the newly renamed TypoCircle has been crafted by Bruno Maag and commissioned by NB Studio and Studio Sutherl&.
The new identity will first appear on a publication charting TypoCircle’s first 40 years. The publication is being issued in October to coincide with an exhibition at London’s Protein Gallery looking back over the organisation’s history across advertising, design and typography.
Studio Sutherl&, John Bateson and NB have designed the publication, with words by Lynda Relph-Knight and research by designer and design educator Sallyanne Theodosiou. NB, John Bateson and Studio Sutherl& are also responsible for the design of the exhibition at The Protein Gallery. This large format book comprises three differently sized sections linked by a circular metal ring to denote the ‘O’ in Typo. Printing is by Gavin Martin Colournet on Colorplan from GF Smith. The larger section includes a selection of 40 posters that have announced TypoCircle talks over the years. Each poster has been designed by or specially for that event’s speaker. Spreads from the organisation’s magazine Circular are reproduced in the intermediate section, while the smaller section features cameos of key people who have volunteered support and some of the eminent speakers who have shared their work and ideas with TypoCircle members and students.
What do you think of the project?
To see everything in person, head over to the 40 years of TypoCircle exhibition at London's Protein Gallery that runs from 21st-23rd of October.