This is a recording of a lecture given for the St Bride Library by Agyei Archer on Wednesday 8 February, 2021 online via Zoom.
In this lecture, Agyei Archer will explore the value of vernacular design in the English-speaking Caribbean. He will take us on a journey through sharing his work past and present, focusing on the role that hand-drawn and found lettering from the region has played in his personal practice and introducing some canonical work from both self-taught and classically-rooted practices in Trinidad and Jamaica. He will also discuss the role that this plays in his type design practice, particularly from the perspective of questioning the merits of existing systems, aesthetics, and the potential values in figuring a way around them yourself.
Agyei Archer is a multidisciplinary designer and art director from Trinidad, focusing on commercial work that integrates graphic design and art direction, typeface design, and programming. In addition to his design career, he recently co-founded Unqueue, a mobile app created to improve retail experiences in the Caribbean. Collaborators include Google, RISD, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Caribbean Mental Health Foundation.
Part of our ‘Celebrating 125 Years of St Bride Library’ lecture series, this talk has kindly been sponsored by:
Eric de Bellaigue
Just Another Foundry
Klim Type Foundry
Lexon GB, Creative & Innovative Print
Mayor of London
Medioto - Graphics & Animation
and The Wynkyn de Worde Charitable
Trust who have sponsored students and recent graduates across the UK to attend this lecture.