A panel discussion with Roger Black, Matthew Carter, Paul Shaw, and Erik Spiekermann. Moderated by Maxim Zhukov.
If you need to know anything else you probably shouldn’t be there ☺*
Thursday | 12 January 2012 | 6:30–8:30pm
The Rose Auditorium | The Cooper Union
41 Cooper Square | New York City
TDC members: free
Cooper Union Students: free
Student non-members $15
For 40 years, working with magazines like Rolling Stone, for newspapers like The New York Times and web sites like Bloomberg.com, Roger Black has been developing ways to communicate content more effectively. His teams have redesigned Reader’s Digest, Esquire, Scientific American, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. Black has been working on web sites since 1995, and was involved with some early influential designs, including MSNBC.com and @Home Network. Now he is design director of Nomad Editions, a group of digital weeklies. In the last year he helped launch four new companies: Webtype, Treesaver, Ready-Media and Nomad Editions. A partner in the Font Bureau and Danilo Black, both founded in 1989, he works from small studios in New York and Austin.
Matthew Carter is a type designer with fifty years’ experience of typographic technologies ranging from hand-cut punches to computer fonts. After a long association with the Linotype companies he was a co-founder in 1981 of Bitstream Inc., the digital typefoundry, where he worked for ten years. He is now a principal of Carter & Cone Type Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts, designers and producers of original typefaces. His type designs include ITC Galliard, Snell Roundhand and Shelley scripts, Helvetica Compressed, Olympian (for newspaper text), Bell Centennial (for the US telephone directories), ITC Charter, and faces for Greek, Hebrew, Cyrillic and Devanagari. For Carter & Cone he has designed Mantinia, Sophia, Elephant, Big Caslon, Alisal and Miller. For Microsoft he designed the screen fonts Verdana, Tahoma, Nina and Georgia. Matthew received the Type Directors Club medal in 1997.
Paul Shaw is a design historian and lettering artist in New York City. He is the recipient of several fellowships for his scholarship as well as awards for his lettering and design work. Paul is the coauthor of Blackletter: Type and National Identity and the author of Helvetica and the New York City Subway System. He writes about design history, typography, lettering, and calligraphy for Print, Eye, Baseline and his blog Blue Pencil. His typefaces include Donatello, Kolo, Old Claude and Bermuda. Paul teaches calligraphy and typography at Parsons School of Design and the history of graphic design at the School of Visual Arts. Paul was the co-founder, along with James Montalbano, of TDC², the first annual type design competition not sponsored by a type manufacturer.
Erik Spiekermann is information architect, type designer and author of books and articles on type and typography. Two of his typefaces, FF Meta and ITC Officina, are considered to be modern classics. In 1979 he founded MetaDesign and in 1989 FontShop. He is behind the design of well-know brands such as Audi, Bosch, VW, German Railways and Heidelberg Printing, among others; information systems for Berlin Transit and Düsseldorf Airport and for publications like The Economist. Today he is managing partner and creative director of Edenspiekermann. Spiekermann is Honorary Professor at the University of the Arts in Bremen and in 2006 received an honorary doctorship from Pasadena Art Center. He was made an Honorary Royal Designer for Industry by the RSA in Britain in 2007 and Ambassador for the European Year of Creativity and Innovation by the European Union for 2009. He just received the 2011 German Design Award for Lifetime Achievement. Erik received the Type Directors Club medal in 2011.