Lahti, Finland | September 23–24, 2008

Following the ATypI congress in St. Petersburg, I stopped off in Finland for a few days to visit with some friends and to speak at Muotoiluinstituutti, Lahden Ammattikorkeakoulu (the Institute of Design at Lahti University of Applied Sciences). I was also invited to conduct a workshop, centering around the design of monograms.

As alphabetic devices remain vital to visual communication —regardless of language— I thought it to be an appropriate cross-cultural theme. Utilizing basic lettering concepts and referencing conventional typographic sources, participants created their own distinctive marks. Emphasis was placed on exploring the versatility of monograms, which makes them so adaptable to a wide variety of applications. Meanwhile, students and faculty initiated me into the profound mysteries of salty licorice and Nightwish.