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CDA Presents Type in Space with Kristin Irion

Thursday, October 31, 2013 
8:00pm to 11:00pm (CET) 
Zurich, Switzerland 

It is the search for the dialog between type, space, object and materiality, starting from the surface deep into the interior of a building, that interests Bringolf Irion Vögeli. Their signature: customized, original and unique.

Kristin Irion, co-founder of Bringolf Irion Vögeli, will explain how the designer's work changes when the assignment consists of a structural process instead of a graphic process. In her presentation she also shares her enthusiasm for the object in space and architecture. Using images and stories from her own projects, Kristin will talk about their genesis, the difference between design in the second and third dimension, how typefaces are developed, materialization and installation.

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CDA Presents a Brush Lettering Talk and Workshop with Jeroen Klaver at Ltd. Edition

Saturday, June 22, 2013 
Talk (Free): 11:00 – 11:45
Workshop (CHF 60) : 12:30 – 16:30 - SOLD OUT
Limited to 15 participants: register here 
Ltd. Edition, Kunstraum Walcheturm (Kasernen Areal),
Kanonengasse 20, Zurich

Brush lettering workshop with Shamrock:  Sign-up to learn how to create your own brush letters under the tutelage of a Dutch master craftsman. With Shamrock as your guide, you’ll learn the fundamentals of Brush Lettering, a little history, and how best to wield hand-made letters in a design layout. This is a very “hands-on” workshop, so bring your imagination and come primed to create. Our friends at Boesner and Papyrus will supply pentel Color Brushes and plenty of paper.

Dutch Illustrator & Type Designer Jeroen Klaver
(a.k.a. Shamrock)

Shamrock, Jeroen Klaver’s alter ego, knows how to give letters a refreshing dose of comic-relief. Using emotional forms, he creates shapes with words, and turns them into light-hearted designed typefaces so chirpily entertaining, they bring out the lampooner in us all. His posters and creations are fondly-fond-of-fonts, witty and radical, and combine for an unforgettable reading/viewing experience. More Info: | Ltd. Edition

Sponsors: Boesner | Papyrus

Command Type with Ludovic Balland

November 1, Zürich – CDA Zürich hosted a private screening of Typeface (a film by Justine Nagan) prior to Ludovic Balland’s insightful Command Type presentation to a sold out venue. You can see a video of the talk here ...

Command Type with Ludovic Balland November 1, Zürich from colortone on Vimeo.

Event Sponsors:
DETAIL AG | Saldanha Inc.
Neidhart + Schön Group | Maurice de Mauriac Zürich
Niggli | REBRAND | Colortone | Pakka | 13 Photo
Hochparterre | Arte Ware Shop | Goba | PAPYRUS

Communication Designers Association (CDA)
International Branding Association (IBA)

May 3, 2012 - Zurich, Switzerland: The Zurich Chapter of Communications Designers Association (CDA) hosted a presentation by Alain Leclerc von Bonin. Alain is an independent designer who works at the intersection of design and technology. From his studio in Zurich (VisualContext), he applies his distinctive approach to a wide range of communication and cultural projects. See the video of his presentation below ...

Question & answer session with Alain Leclerc von Bonin:

Sponsors: International Branding Association (IBA)  | Neidhart + Schön Group  |  Passionate

CDA Celebrates World Communication Design Day!

Icograda has invited members and all interested parties to organize public events to promote World Communication Design Day on April 27th, 2012. Originally launched in 1991 as World Graphics Day by Icograda, this is the first year it will be celebrated under its new name. This aligns with Icograda’s recent name change from The International Council of Graphic Design Associations to the International Council of Communication Design.

As an organization dedicated to advancing communication design, Communication Designers Association (CDA) is proud to support this initiative by organizing chapter events globally on Friday, April 27 starting at 6:30pm: Toronto - The Ballroom, 145 John Street, 2nd Floor | Zurich - Atelier Bar, Talacker 16 | New York - Wined Up, 913 Broadway | London - The Angel, 3-5 Islington High Street | All events open to the public (free admission - cash bar)

The Zurich and Toronto chapters of Communication Designers Association (CDA) jointly honoured design pioneers Fritz Gottschalk at Museum Bellerive, Zurich and Stuart Ash at OCAD University, Toronto (founders of Gottschalk+Ash International). In addition to an exhibit showcasing 45 years of G+A design excellence, a 44-page publication was launched to mark the occasion.

More info: Facebook Page

Thank you to all the CDA volunteers/sponsors who helped make this event possible, especially Barbara Staub of CDA Zurich and Errol Saldanha of CDA Toronto.

Sponsors: Aisle One | Anstey Book Binding | Campari | Carlsberg
C.J. Graphics | Create Imaging | Domtar | Entro Communications | FS Parker
International Branding Association (IBA) | Michael Mahovlich Photography
Neidhart + Schön Group | OCAD University | Passionate | REBRAND
Saldanha Inc. | Specialties Graphic Finishers | Staub Communication Design
Unisource Canada | UV Studio

Video of Fritz Gottschalk presentation in Zurich 

Video of Stuart Ash presentation in Toronto 

CDA Zurich Hosts First Event

Please join the Zurich chapter of Communication Designers Association (CDA) for an insightful talk about branding (multiple/individual) by Donovan Gregory and Reto Gehrig of Designer’s Club

Thursday, May 5, 2011 (event video above)
7:00pm - 10:00pm

FREE admission (space is limited)
RSVP: Eventbrite online ticket confirmation number required

CDA Zurich members are offered priority tickets (invitation details to be sent via email). Non-members, please join our Facebook page for information on remaining tickets (also free).

Event Sponsor: Antalis  |  Video: Reto Kuhn  |  Photography: Passionate 
Organizer: Barbara Staub