Wayzgoose 2015

The geese have flocked and flown from Hamilton for another year. Wayzgoose 2015 was a warm and wonderful success due to the over 200 fans and family that celebrated the weekend.

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We are thrilled at the fact that the event begins earlier each year and Thursday morning already had close to 30 of us in the building. All of the last second details were managed by the the entire group of volunteers, staff, and helpful friends.

Friday's workshops had sold out weeks earlier and presenters Dan Elliot, Laurie Corral, Eric Woods, and Mel Stockwell spent the day showin' their stuff.

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Our first evening speaker Louise Fili, gave a gorgeous pictorial bouquet of Italian lettering in signage. She was followed by her husband, Steven Heller. He gave an impressive talk on designer Ladislav Sutnar and his 1961 "lost milestone", Visual Design in Action. We were most honored to have such scintillating discussions and the audience agreed.

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Break out sessions started swiftly Saturday soon after the gathered crowd got enough coffee to give an ear and get going. Attendees chose discussions ranging from Paul Gehl's "Not-So-Ephemeral After All, or, How Job Printers Rescued History" to Madrid's Eva de la Rocha and the "Super Veloz Typeface."

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The evening featured our newest friend, Marian Bantjes. She shared an insight into her intricate design methods and wowed us with the wonder of her works. The sooner she returns, the better.

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Type quiz proved the audience is rarely stumped by typographical trivia and printer paraphernalia interrogations which were led by Nick Sherman and Tom Walker.

Sunday morning opened with a smart and insightful presentation by Dan Rhatigan wonderfully titled, "How I learned to stop worrying and love bad type." His humorous and spot-on eye for type that surrounds us was a fine way to start the day.

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Swap and sale completed the weekend and printers exchanged everything from posters to presses and brought to a close a 'Goose among Wayzgooses and fueled us homeward with plans to meet again next year. Mark your calendars for November 4, 5, and 6th, 2016.

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