Plus International Design Festival returns to Birmingham for its third consecutive year this week and features key industry speakers as well as guided walks exploring typography in the city’s public spaces.

Speakers including Ian Anderson, founder of The Designers Republic, Jeff Willis of Perks Willis Design and Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell will feature at Fazeley Studios, Digbeth.

The four-day event, from November 5 - 8, includes an extended programme of lectures, workshops, exhibitors and events giving delegates the opportunity to hear from national and international experts in graphic and typography design for print, web and interactive media.

Plus also aims to bring to the fore the array of young, creative talent in Birmingham. Plus Expo director Caroline Archer said: “Plus acts as a place for members of the design community to meet, exchange ideas, showcase work, discuss theory and practice of design, and reach the wider community.”

Birmingham is home to pioneering typographic educator Leonard Jay and one of the UK’s most influential printers of the 20th Century the Kynoch Press.

The most well-known of Birmingham’s typographic heroes is John Baskerville, creator of the renowned Baskerville Font.

The Baskerville Project, sponsored by Birmingham City University, will showcase an animated movie at the festival to celebrate the life of the pioneer.