Read, Watch, Follow, Next: The Beer Tasting Edition

Notes from last night: Offline (white ale, pairs well with the relaxing practice of unplugging), Mannenliefde (saison, secret ingredients—lemongrass and Szechuan pepper), Pais Tropical (pale ale, crowd favorite), Panty (stout with a conversation-starting name, pairs well with brownies), Thai Thai (tripel, look for the elephant on the label). Big thanks to Bas Visser from Oedipus Brewing for bestowing a portion of his expansive beer knowledge upon us and Juniper & Kin for hosting us on their beautiful rooftop patio.

Good Beer Hunting, a critical, creative, and curious blog about the world of beer (also check out their podcast)

Crafting a Nation by Thomas Kolicko
Blood, Sweat and Beer by Chip Hiden & Alexis Irvin


Be Quiet and Don't Cough: Behind the Rituals of the Classical Concert

Jessica Wong
Read, Watch, Follow, Next: The Vino & Viticulture Edition

We usually try to post this the day after each lecture, but this list took a little bit longer to curate. As they say, better late than never! Here are several more resources to help you become a more educated wine enthusiast. Thanks to Maddie DeWitt of Napa's Foodshed for this fantastic list.

Wine School with Eric Asimov
Wine. All the Time.


@winefolly, @marissaross@slow_wine_guide, @winemaps on Instagram

June 19: Beer Tasting with Oedipus

Jessica Wong
Read, Watch, Follow, Next: The Hand-Stitched Lettering Edition

Big thanks to everyone who made it out to yesterday for Hand-Stitched Lettering. Make sure to check out photos on our facebook page. Here are some more embroidery resources to inspire you to keep stitching.

The Subversive Stitch by Roszika Parker

Lesage and Balenciaga by V&A Museum

@embroidmeonemoretime@badasscrossstitch@cheekyboomparis,@maisonlabiche @kingsophiesworld on Instagram

June 19: Beer Tasting with Oedipus

Jessica Wong
Read, Watch, Follow, Next: The Typography Edition

For those who joined us for Foundations of Typography last night, we hope you left more typographically literate and inspired to learn more. Here are some type-related things to check out and a reminder about our upcoming events.
Type Matters!  by Jim Williams
A Five-Minute Guide to Better Typography by Pierrick Calvez

Helvetica by Gary Hustwit
Art of the Title (a title sequence design collection)


May 17: Vino & Viticulture (wine-tasting!)
May 26: Hand-Stitched Lettering

Jessica Wong
Lecture Notes: Foundations of Typography

There was a lot of interesting info to digest at this type theory lecture, so we've taken a stab at condensing it down into brief notes:

Early written forms of communication evolved from simple illustrations representing words (hieroglyphics) to symbols representing units of distinct sound (alphabets).

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Two theories on the origin of the serif:

Roman letter outlines were first painted onto stone, and the stone carvers followed the brush marks, which flared at stroke ends and corners, creating serifs. 

Serifs were created to neaten the ends of lines as they were chiseled into stone.

Some main classifications of type:


Old Style or Humanist serif typefaces are characterized by a low contrast in stroke weight and angled serifs (Example: Garamond)

Modern serifed typefaces broke from traditional typography of the time with a high contrast of strokes, straight serifs and a vertical axis. (example: Bodoni)

San Serif

Humanist characteristics include proportions that were modeled on old style typefaces (Example: Gill Sans)

Geometric sans-serif Typfaces are based on geometric forms. For instance, the o is often a perfect circle. (Example: Futura)


These typefaces are often developed with a specific use in mind and are designed for larger point size use in headlines, posters and billboards. They are usually hard to read at small sizes. (Example: Insomnia Deco)


These are fonts whose letters and characters each occupy the same amount of horizontal space. Monospaced fonts are customary on typewriters and for typesetting computer code. (Example: Courier)

X-height: the distance between the baseline of a line of type and tops of the main body of lower case letters (i.e. excluding ascenders or descenders.

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Leading refers to the distance between the baselines of successive lines of type (vertical spacing).

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Kerning is the process of adjusting the spacing between characters in a proportional font, usually to achieve a visually pleasing result.


Optimal line length for a body of text is 45-75 characters

Avoid widows. A widow is one word at the end of a paragraph or column. A widow is considered poor typography because it leaves too much white space between paragraphs or at the bottom of a page.

Use contrasting type sizes, weights and other forms of emphasis to create a  hierarchy of information

Oblique Strategies by musician Brian Eno is a card-based method for promoting creativity (see examples here)

Jessica Wong
Read, Watch, Follow, Next: The Sign Painting Edition

Big thanks to everyone who made it out for our first event. If you're looking to nerd out on more sign painting, here are a few things you can check out.

Sign Painters by Faythe Levine & Sam Macon featuring Mike Meyer and a dozen other sign painters

Sign Painters also by Faythe Levine & Sam Macon featuring Mike Meyer

@mikemeyersignpainter & @betterletters on Instagram

May 11: Foundations of Typography
May 26: Hand-Stitched Lettering

Jessica Wong