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Designing Type Revivals

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Designing Type Revivals

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Mar 30 2023 18:15 - 20:30


Designing Type Revivals

With Riccardo Olocco and Michele Patanè

Date: Thursday 30 March 2023
Location: St Bride Foundation and Online via Zoom

In-person times (BST): Doors/bar: 6.15pm Talk starts: 7pm Talk ends: 8.30pm 
In-person tickets: £8, £10, £12 

Online time (BST): 7.00–8.30pm
Online tickets: £4.50, £6.50

Please note: you will be emailed the Zoom link for the talk at 6pm BTS on the day of the talk.

What do we need to design a type revival? Looking beyond the limits of a definition, Riccardo and Michele – both experienced designers and educators – will provide reflections to understand what a revival is, how to analyse a historical model and how to approach the design from a contemporary perspective.

They will show insights on a method to support the work of both designers and scholars, and offer a modus operandi which can be applied to any type design project. The outcome of their practical research has culminated in their book ‘Designing Type Revivals’, which published in 2022.

Riccardo Olocco is a researcher, type designer and educator. He is a visiting research fellow at the University of Reading, where in 2019 he completed his PhD on ‘A new method of analysing printed type: the case of 15th-century Venetian romans’. He is co-founder of CAST foundry, and is also a member of the Nebiolo History Project. He publishes articles and gives lectures across Europe and Asia.

Michele Patanè is a type designer, researcher and educator who lives in London, where from 2012 to 2019, he worked at Dalton Maag studio. He studied at the Faculty of Design at Politecnico di Milano, and in 2012 received his Masters in Typeface Design from the University of Reading. Since 2015, he has been a visiting lecturer at Reading and at ECAL.

Please note: signed copies of the book will be available to purchase on the night for anyone attending in-person. Copies of the book can also be purchased here:

We would like to thank Google and The Wynkyn de Worde Society Charitable Trust for their generosity in sponsoring this lecture.


Established in 1891 with a clear social and cultural purpose, St Bride Foundation is one of London’s hidden gems.

Housed in a beautiful Grade II listed Victorian building, St Bride Foundation was originally set up to serve the burgeoning print and publishing trade of nearby Fleet Street, and is now finding a new contemporary audience of designers, printmakers and typographers who come to enjoy a regular programme of design events and workshops.

Many thousands of books, printing-related periodicals and physical objects are at the heart of St Bride Library. Volumes on the history of printing, typography, newspaper design and paper-making jostle for space alongside one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of type specimens. The printed, written, carved and cast word may be found at St Bride in its myriad forms. Architectural lettering and examples of applied typography in many media, together with substantial collections of steel punches and casting matrices for metal types are also held in this eclectic collection. The Reading Room is open to visitors twice a month and on other days by appointment. Although we operate on a cost-neutral basis, it is necessary to charge for some of our services. Details are available by emailing the library team at

St Bride retains many of its original features, including the baths, laundry, printing rooms and library. As part of the Foundation’s original mission to provide for the community, many of the building’s unique and characterful spaces are available to hire whether for meetings, weddings or classes.

St Bride also houses the popular Bridewell Theatre, and Bridewell Bar (once the laundry), and hosts a year-round programme of plays, comedy, music and exhibitions.

With some 65,000 visitors a year St Bride Foundation is a major London hub for the creative arts in London. We look forward to welcoming you soon.


St Bride Foundation, 14 Bride Ln, EC4Y 8EQ London


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