Apostrophes: Lydia at Nerd Nite

A voyage of type nerdery…

I have been the first graphic designer to speak at Nerd Nite, a monthly evening of short talks for charity at the Backyard Comedy Club, Bethnal Green.

My first talk for Nerd Nite, in 2017, was about ampersands. This time, I’ve been on a voyage of typographic nerdery to find out about apostrophes: where they come from, what they are, as interestingly, what they aren’t and what greengrocers think about the whole thing. My talk hurtled through history via a carpenter’s pencil, the London Underground, a mid 1800s rant, a 1960s typewriter, market sundries, Birmingham and a can of tomatoes.