Member of the Month: Paula Scher

To celebrate our talented and diverse membership, the TDC is profiling one member each month who is selected at random. We’re asking members the same five questions that will hopefully let us – and you – get to know them better. For the month of March our selector tool landed on the iconic Paula Scher.

Paula Scher

Tell us a little bit about yourself – what you do and where you work
I am a Pentagram Partner and design identities, environmental graphics, books, promotion and packaging for a wide range of clients.

What is your favorite typeface? And why?
I don’t have a favorite. I like different fonts for different occasions.

Paula’s visual identity for The New School which debuted yesterday

Where do you take your typographic/design inspiration from?
Everything. Books, movies, TV, things on the street, design history, junk shops, pharmacies, everywhere.

Supergraphic exterior design for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center

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‘Best in Jazz’ poster designed in 1979 for CBS Records

Poster for Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk from 1995

What is your all time favorite piece of design?
Probably something by El Lissitsky or Ladislav Sutnar. Brodavitch’s Portfolio.

Where do you see the future in typographic design and typeface design?
I see a future where every business, organization, institution, retail establishment, in fact EVERYTHING has its own bespoke font that operate in spectacular idiosyncratic ways based on the spirit of the organization.

What is your favorite aspect of being a TDC member? / What drew you to become a member of the TDC?
TDC has the best show and makes the best annual.

Paula’s design identity for Typography 33

Website: and
Twitter: @paula_scher

Read past Member of the Month features here:
January 2015: Bruno Maag
February 2015: Ray Masaki