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Signs & Lines is a series of stimulating workshops and seminars on design and illustration coordinated by Debbie Bibo. The courses, taught by leading and award-winning members of the international design and illustration community (art directors, publishers, illustrators, cartoonists, calligraphers, editors), are designed for those who have a serious ambition in these disciplines as well as for those who would like to discover how to be more successful and creative in their fields.
The series was launched with a workshop dedicated to the ancient yet flourishing discipline of calligraphy, lead by the talented and sought-after lettering artist, Luca Barcellona. Leonardo Sonnoli, the iconoclastic graphic designer and winner of the Compasso d’Oro, challenged participants in two different very different workshops: “Bibliometrografia” and “Do Not Accept Advice.”
We were honoured to have for the first time in Italy and for two consecutive years, Sunkyung Cho, a Korean artist and publisher of Some Books, whose philosophical and non-Western approach to picture-book making made a lasting impression. In the much anticipated “Creating with Your Senses” lead by the Japanese designer and publisher of One Stroke, Katsumi Komagata conceived a series of playful and profound exercises that prompted true creativity and a meaningful exchange amongst the participants. The art director, Massimo Pitis, lead an engaging workshop on lettering and typography. The legendary Swiss graphic designer, Bruno Monguzzi, held two intensive and thought-provoking seminars which covered themes from the constraints of design to Monguzzi’s “decalogue” on photography. In “Illustrating Picture Books: Filling in the Gaps, the award-winning French children’s book author and illustrator, Benjamin Chaud, explored how images give words new meanings in a series of collaborative exercises. The much loved and celebrated picture-book author, Chris Haughton, proposed an eye-opening technique for re-inventing old tales. We were honoured to have Chronicle’s children’s book editor, Naomi Kirsten, who lead enlightening lectures on the process of picture-book making from pitch to publication.
If you have comments, are interested in learning more, or would like to suggest possible Signs & Lines lecturers for future workshops, please drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you.
Signs & Lines is coordinated by Debbie Bibo, publishing consultant, agent, book packager, editor and founding partner of Lazy Dog Press.
The logo for Signs and Lines was made by Francesco Ceccarelli / Bunker