In September 2015, Pocket Design's creative director Brett Piva was lucky enough to receive the opportunity to join American Sign Painting legend Mike Meyer to assist in teaching a workshop at London Design Festival. Set in the beautiful Borough Markets wholesale and retail food market in Southwark, it was an ideal setting surrounded by stunning light, incredible smells of food and hand-painted signs above the nearby food vendors.
The London Design Festival is an annual event, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community. This time in London shared a flood of memories of my experience as a Graphic Designer in Advertising agencies across the city. The big brand clients, the late night pitches, the incredible projects and amazing people made me grin from ear to ear. This opportunity with Better letters was a truly great experience.
Mike Meyer is a legend of the sign trade from Mazeppa Minnesota USA who has been hand painting signs for over 30 years and is traveling the globe teaching the craft of lettering through his personal workshops with Better Letters. Sam from Better Letters organises and produces practical, fun and creative hand-lettering workshops that provide the opportunity to learn from leading practitioners in the industry from around the globe. Two characters passionate about lettering, it’s culture and good laughs.
Over two days participants of the workshop learned how to paint letters with a brush and try their hand at a few different calligraphic styles including block, casual and script lettering. Sharing a love for this craft and teaching so many talented and creative people in this workshop was an incredible experience I look forward to sharing again in other cities across the globe.