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175: Alllllllll the Alphabets with Chris Rouleau



This is the second episode in a 5-part guest lecture series, speaking with type professionals from all over the world! 


We just finished up our trip to Athens, Greece and we’re now headed back across the Atlantic Ocean, home to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Let’s goooooo….


Christopher Rouleau is an independent graphic designer and lettering artist in Toronto. Along with his full-time freelance work, he is also a public speaker, lettering instructor, and published author, and his work has been featured in Spacing Magazine, Uppercase Magazine & Flare Magazine. He attended the Alberta College of Art & Design, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary. He recently received a Communication Arts Award of Excellence in Typography. He is also an instructor for the online tutorial website, Domestika.


In this episode, you’ll hear Chris discuss his professional lettering journey, hear more about his large-scale type mural projects (including practical tips for creating large-scale type murals), the magic behind Chris’ Alphabet 100 practice and tips for drawing cohesive alphabets. 


You’ll also hear about the contents of Chris’ pencil case (and how he uses each tool), as well as his ideas for delightful new alphabets!


This episode was recorded as part of a guest lecture series in GCM 806 - Advanced Typography in winter 2024 at The Creative School at Toronto Metropolitan University.


Let’s listen in…



















About Our Guest:


Christopher Rouleau is an independent graphic designer and lettering artist in Toronto. Along with his full-time freelance work, he is also a public speaker, lettering instructor, and published author, and his work has been featured in Spacing Magazine, Uppercase Magazine & Flare Magazine. He attended the Alberta College of Art & Design, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary. He recently received a Communication Arts Award of Excellence in Typography. He is also an instructor for the online tutorial website, Domestika.




Music: Bouncy Gypsy Beats by John Bartmann, Licensed Under CC0 1.0 Universal


Talk Paper Scissors Theme Music: Retro Quirky Upbeat Funk by Lewis Sound Production via Audio Jungle


Boat Origami Photo: Boat Origami Photo by Alex on Unsplash

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