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November 2014

Hello I Am Erik: Erik Spiekermann in a Conversation with Johannes Erler

November 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Parsons, The New School,
Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street, New York, NY 10011 United States
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Erik Spiekermann: Typographer, Designer, Entrepreneur Erik Spiekermann is one of the best-known typographers and graphic designers in the world. As a teacher and critic who is loved and feared in equal measure, his influence on contemporary graphic design is unparalleled. Spiekermann also represents German typeface and corporate design like no other. The founder of MetaDesign, FontShop, and EdenSpiekermann has been a successful entrepreneur and impulse generator for decades. When Erik Spiekermann founded FontShop International with his wife Joan and Neville…

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Redesigning Vanity Fair: Chris Dixon & Christian Schwartz

November 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Type Directors Club,
347 West 36th Street, Suite 603, New York, NY 10018 United States
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Chris Dixon arrived at Vanity Fair in 2011 from New York magazine. He began reworking the typography, page design, illustrations, infographics, and photography to evolve the iconic publication section by section. In 2012, he started his collaboration with Christian Schwartz and Paul Barnes of Commercial Type on a six-month process to redesign Vanity Fair’s logo and create a new custom display typeface, a fresh interpretation of Didot that debuted in 2013. Chris Dixon has spent the last 15 years designing…

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A Tale of Two Fonts (and two very similar fonts)

November 13 @ 6:30 pm
Type Directors Club,
347 West 36th Street, Suite 603, New York, NY 10018 United States
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Ben Schott has written eleven books, and hundreds of articles for newspapers and magazines around the world. The vast majority have been designed and typeset by the author – using only two fonts. Ben will discuss his type-heavy design, and explain his font fidelity. Ben Schott is a writer, designer, consultant, and recovering photographer. He is the author of the “Schott’s Miscellany” and “Schott Almanacs” series and of “Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition.” His work has been translated…

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WORKSHOP: Icons: Study & Design

November 14 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Type Directors Club,
347 West 36th Street, Suite 603, New York, NY 10018 United States
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Icons require an extreme design discipline to communicate clearly and effectively. Like type, icons exist at the intersection of visual systems, language, and cultural contexts. We’ll apply lessons from type to explore what it is to make cohesive sets and icons that communicate. Students will learn how to critically analyze icons and approach drawing their own. We’ll start with hand drawing and finish with digitizing. We’ll navigate the contemporary landscape of icons, including the technical considerations of Unicode, emoji, and…

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One Day Workshop: Mock Block Lettering

November 17 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Type Directors Club,
347 West 36th Street, Suite 603, New York, NY 10018 United States
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Mock Block is the name of a sign painting technique for achieving the appearance of three shade colors by applying only two. The background color serves as a separate segment of the shade, when the construction and color assignments are well planned. John Downer will explain the secrets. Lettering skills not required. Register online John Downer has been a journeyman sign painter since 1973, a freelance typeface designer since 1983, and a crusader for designers’ rights his entire adult life…

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2 Day Workshop: Mock Block & Beveled Lettering

November 17 @ 8:30 am - November 18 @ 4:30 pm
Type Directors Club,
347 West 36th Street, Suite 603, New York, NY 10018 United States
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Day One: Mock Block is the name of a sign painting technique for achieving the appearance of three shade colors by applying only two. The background color serves as a separate segment of the shade, when the construction and color assignments are well planned. John Downer will explain the secrets. Lettering skills not required. Day Two: Imagine a letterform which is cut out of styrofoam, but instead of its edges being at a right angle to the face, the edges…

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One Day Workshop: Beveled Lettering

November 18 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Type Directors Club,
347 West 36th Street, Suite 603, New York, NY 10018 United States
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Imagine a letterform which is cut out of styrofoam, but instead of its edges being at a right angle to the face, the edges are slanted toward the background. This style of edge treatment is called a bevel, and bevels can be monochromatic or polychromatic. In this course, sign painter John Downer will cover an array of such constructions. No lettering experience is needed. A good sense of color will be beneficial. Register online John Downer has been a journeyman…

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WORKSHOP: Printed Web

November 21 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Type Directors Club,
347 West 36th Street, Suite 603, New York, NY 10018 United States
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In this intensive, full-day workshop participants will work with Paul to collaboratively create a web-to-print publication. We’ll begin with an overview of self-publishing — from Duchamp to Fluxus to the democratic multiple to print-on-demand and today’s flourishing art book culture. We’ll take an in-depth look at the full, curated collection of Library of the Printed Web, which will be on hand for close examination, as well as work that’s been produced by artists for past issues of Printed Web, published…

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