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‘A Type Thing’ is a new quarterly lettering meet-up presented by Melbourne based lettering collective, General Type Co, in collaboration with Work-Shop. The aim of these meet-ups is to bring type enthusiasts from all backgrounds together to exchange ideas, knowledge and share their love of letters. Each themed session will be hosted by a guest artist, who will give a short presentation on their progression as a lettering artist, sharing tips, tricks, and tools of the trade, and presenting an activity/ challenge for guests to participate in.

With an emphasis on ‘learning by doing’ and hands-on experimentation, a range of art materials will be provided for each session. If you have any favourite materials that you’re working with, we encourage you to bring those along to experiment with and share with others. 

Whether you’re a practising lettering artist, graphic designer, or simply have a ‘thing’ for letters, we encourage you to come along for a fun night of lettering and learning with like-minded people. 


Another edition of A Type Thing is coming our way, and this time the focus is on Blackboards!

A Type Thing’s very own Gaston the Painter will be conducting this chalk party, in a night of learning, fun challenges, and meet & greets with local type players.

In this 3 hour letter-blitz, Gaston will be imparting all his knowledge on blackboards – and how to tackle them efficiently. Letter styles, materials, layouts, and all sorts of other tips & tricks will be shared as Gaston goes over examples of his work, before challenging us to design and chalk up our own Blackboard! Whether you’re looking to brush up your lettering skills or you already do some chalkwork of your own, Gaston’s workshop caters for both beginners and more seasoned writers.

Gaston the Painter is a Melbourne-based Signwriter and Lettering Artist. He has been designing letterforms for over 8 years, transitioning from the world of graffiti into graphic design and then traditional signwriting.

After cutting his teeth by skating around town chalking up blackboards, Gaston ventured into designing logos, typefaces, products, hosting type events, and now travelling the globe teaching his Lettering & Signpainting workshops.

You can see Gaston’s work on his Instagram.

Come drink a beer or two and get messy with some chalk and talk letters with us!

What you'll get

• You’ll learn a range of new Lettering styles, for title headings and for smaller body text!
• Gain insights into how to layout a sign for clarity and legibility
• A critique on your work at the end of the class
• Sharing a great night with local typographers, letterers, calligraphers, and signies!
• Plenty beers (Thanks to our sponsors!)

what to bring

• Clothes that can get dusty
• Good vibes!


Be sure to check out our Terms & Conditions before grabbing a ticket.