Typeforms and Lettering

‘Papercut letter collage 02’ by Grant

There’s gaps in my letters and lines,
And space in my poems for rhymes.
But for shapes held in books
That give them such looks
Credit Gill Sans or New Roman Times.

From my Dad I got my love of letterforms and structure.

From my Mum, the bubbles of opera.

From Mother Nature my love of food and understanding of things good.

From by friends, the torches of care which continually keep me aware of what life’s about.

From the media, mere unsettled dust, and its familiar pattern of drizzle, growth and rust.

Words of Wisdom image print by ttp. tim tiley prints. bristol bs6 5rr. photo 000365-a by kind permission of the *WoW prints collection/hand-lettering






“Lyrics can make me cry.
Music can kidnap my body.
True Art can always swallow time
I thought was mine.”

One time,  Goldie , English musician, DJ, visual artist and actor, designed this lettering for me, for a tagged wall by the Birmingham SuperPrix pitstop. The rest is his story.

Photo by kind permission of *WoW prints collection/petite moulin rouge night club/Birmingham.uk [Interior and Feature Design by Grant]





Castles in the sky.
Community dreams of
Picnics on high.

Brush strokes in ink,
Fluid, where carved stone
Rests to think.

Two prized items in the *WoW Collections are the following examples;


The first penned in ink and given to Will O’Leary on the occassion of the 2006 New Year celebration from Nipponzan Myohoji and the second, [picture presently on loan] incised by carving with a chisel over lettering first ‘painted’ with a flat brush during one of O’Leary’s carving workshops.

Photos by kind permission of *WoW print and lettering collections which includes a library of graphic lettering and prints by calligrapher, Linda Lewis.

William Caxton, The first English Editor by Richard Deacon. Pub. Frederick Muller Ltd. London. 1976.
J.H.Mason 1875 – 1951 Scholar-Printer by L.T.Owens. Pub. Frederick Muller Ltd. London. 1976.
John Baskerville of Birmingham. Letter-Founder and Printer by F.E.Pardoe. Pub. Frederick Muller Ltd. London. 1974.





Stanley Morison Displayed by Herbert Jones. Pub. Frederick Muller Ltd. London. 1976.
A Handbook of Textbook Type and Illustration by John Lewis. Pub. Faber and Faber. London. 1956
Pen Lettering. Pub. James Dorn. London
An atlas of typeforms by James Sutton and Alan Bartram. Pub. Lund Humphries. London. 1968
Specimens of Printing Types from Stevenson Blake, The Caslon Letter Foundry, Sheffield.
Stevenson Blake Card Founts of Printing Type
Creative Lettering and Calligraphy by Peter Halliday
John M. Clark’s Alphabets for sign writers, decorators, designers. London. 1906
The Kenyon Lettering – a collection of original letterforms, both printed and hand illustrated, published in books, advertisements, exhibitions and as art.

*The WoW collections are curated by World of Water [Reg. UK educational charity ] as part of their outreach project. Enquiries and donations welcome.]

‘Papercut letter collage 01’ by Grant

Chat Café

 What’s a ‘Chat Café’?

Any arranged informal pop-up / drop-in / logged-in event where we can chat together over a coffee.

Flyer design (above) by Grant to promote Friday drop-in *’Chat Cafés’ at the MAC Centre, Birmingham, UK. (1993 to 1996)
To view more Grant design projects, visit Projects and Ideas

Chat Café FAQ’s

How could I benefit?
By bringing your thoughts from isolation and into a Chat Café you may clarify your projects’ aims, evolve workable ideas and establish useful people-links – all over an informal cuppa.

What aspects can we discuss?
All chats must be people and project based.

What do I need to bring?
Your project questions.

What’s the principle behind Chat Café and the Penny University?
Chat Cafés promote the principles of the original Penny University and provide a setting where ideas can be shared and built upon. By getting people to think and work together, most projects bear fruit.

What does it cost?
Following on from the tradition of the Penny University of the 1700s, you can still get in for 1p

How long has it been going?
It was started in 1993 by two members of BEAF (Business, Education & Arts Forum)  during their annual meeting at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham,UK.

Are Chat Cafés now international?
They can be on Zoom or Skype – so long as you make your own coffee.