Blue Moon Speaker Series

The Blue Moon Speaker Series is part of SFCB's 2021 twenty fifth anniversary event cycle. Featuring innovators, artists, and designers, the Blue Moon Series explores ways in which creative action informs aspects of our daily lives.

Our third and final Blue Moon Speaker Session will take place later this fall. Stay tuned for full details!


Blue Moon Session 01: Erik Spiekermann :: Making Things is Making a Comeback
This event took place on Thursday, June 25, 2021


About the presentation: In this lunchtime presentation renowned typographer, designer, and writer Erik Spiekermann shared his thoughts on the nature of creating in our digital age, the collaborative aspects of book design, and why we, as humans, should be deeply concerned with design in general. Speaking about his latest project, The Other Collection (shown above, right), Erik discussed TOC's core belief that important literature deserves well designed books -- and in turn, well designed books inspire dialogue, provide respite from the world at large, and satisfy our craving for beautiful, treasured things.

About the presenter: Erik Spiekermann is art historian, information architect, type designer and author. Two of his typefaces, FF Meta and ITC Officina, are considered to be modern classics. He founded MetaDesign (1979) and FontShop (1988). He is behind the design of well-known brands such as Audi, Bosch, VW, German Railways and Heidelberg Printing, among others; information systems for Berlin Transit and Düsseldorf Airport and for publications like The Economist. He designed exclusive typefaces for corporations like Deutsche Bahn, Bosch, ZDF (German TV),Cisco, Mozilla and many others.
Spiekermann was managing partner and creative director of Edenspiekermann with offices in Berlin, Amsterdam, San Francisco and Los Angeles until June 2014 when he moved from that position to the supervisory board. He now runs an experimental letterpress workshop in Berlin: galerie p98a. He can be found online via Twitter.


Blue Moon Speaker Series 02: Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE magazine
This event took place on September 16, 2021.

About the presentation: For this lunchtime presentation SFCB hosted publisher, editor, writer, and designer Janine Vangool! As a publisher, editor, writer, and designer of many publications, Janine's best known and well loved project may very well be UPPERCASE magazine. As a quarterly magazine, UPPERCASE is inspired by design, illustration, craft and creativity. Both the magazine and books celebrate the process of making, the commitment to craft and the art of living creatively. Janine and UPPERCASE can be found online via Instagram.

About the presenter: Janine is based in Calgary, Canada and has an incredible passion for vintage typewriters, gorgeous ephemera, and vintage fabric.