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Stephen Banham

Typographer / Writer

1/11: Train your clients!

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Stephen Banham

Typographer / Writer

2/11: refining your studio model  

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Stephen Banham

Typographer / Writer

3/11: Philosophy of typeface design

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Stephen Banham

Typographer / Writer

4/11: Airing out your ideas

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Stephen Banham

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5/11: Key Figures

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Stephen Banham

Typographer / Writer

6/11: A good medium for accidents

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Stephen Banham

Typographer / Writer

7/11: Observe!    

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Stephen Banham

Typographer / Writer

8/11: Curiosity endures

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Stephen Banham

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9/11: begin with a single question

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Stephen Banham

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10/11: Stories rather than pictures

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Stephen Banham

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11/11: writer's muscles

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Typographic practices have gone through significant changes in the last three decades, moving away from a hand-guided analogue process to a predominantly screen-based art. Stephen Banham has managed to build a career either side of this divide - literally working through the fall of the Berlin Wall under the influence of renowned typographer Erik Speikermann.

Banhamís typographic practice is grounded in his local environment.†Asides from founding Letterbox in 1991, heís also researched and published books, planned guided tours and completed large scale public works across Melbourne. This trinity of professional practice, teaching and research has inspired a prolific but refined output.

His curiosity for the physicality of type is inspiring - craning his neck upwards in the interview, you get the sense that heís constantly looking around for the next piece of under-appreciated signage. Banham teaches typographic design as a story-telling practice rather than a trade, ultimately hoping to inspire lettering that goes well beyond the margins of the page.

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