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  • TDC Member Gail Anderson Receives Highest National Honor in Design

    This month, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York announced that designer Gail Anderson was recognized for Lifetime Achievement as part of the 2018 National Design Awards.

    Portrait: Gail Anderson. Photo: Declan Van Welie.

    Type Directors Club is particularly thrilled about Gail’s recognition, since type fans everywhere are so familiar with the typography books that she’s co-authored with Steven Heller since 1990 – New Vintage Type, New Ornamental Type, Typographic Universe, New Modernist Type, and others on pop culture and design.

    Gail was selected for this honor by an interdisciplinary jury of design leaders and educators from nominations submitted by design experts and enthusiasts. As a New York-based designer, writer, and educator, Gail serves as the creative director at Visual Arts Press, the in-house design studio for the School of the Visual Arts, where she has been teaching design for nearly 30 years.

    Design and typography books by Gail Anderson and Steven Heller.

    Gail served on the TDC Board from 2014 to 2016, and has been an active, enthusiastic contributor to many Type Directors Club initiatives.

    “Working with Gail over the years has been an amazing experience,” says TDC executive director Carol Wahler. “I always felt so lucky to work with someone who had such extraordinary creativity. For example, when I asked Gail to design a piece with the number five to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the TDC annual, she used a hand with the number 5 on it. It was such a simple solution, but how many people would think of that?”

    Gail’s art for Type Directors Club annual and exhibit.

    In 2012, Gail Anderson and Joe Newton to launched AND (Anderson Newton Design), a creative agency dedicated to sophisticated yet playful design, with a focus on typography. Their clients include Wired, Fortune, The New York Times, Club Monaco, The U.S. Postal Service, and the School of Visual Arts.

    Previously, Gail served as creative director of design at SpotCo, an advertising agency that creates artwork for theater, and as a designer and senior art director of Rolling Stone.

    Gail has lectured about design internationally and received numerous awards, including the 2008 AIGA Gold Medal and the Society of Illustrators’ 2009 Richard Gangel Art Director Award.

    Gail’s work is in the permanent collections of Cooper Hewitt, the Library of Congress, the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Milton Glaser Design Archives at SVA. In 2001, Gail designed Typography 22: The Annual of the Type Directors Club.

    Cover of TDC Typography 22 designed by Gail Anderson (left) and the pages introducing the competition judges (right).

    “On one page in the Typography 22 annual, Gail used a pair of eyeglasses to represent the letter g, which I loved,” says Carol. “When I speak to students about the history of Type Directors Club, I often pull out that book and explain the decisions Gail made as a designer and how her work reflects pure genius.”

    Gail and the other National Design Award winners will be honored at a benefit dinner and awards ceremony October 18, 2018, but as Caroline Baumann, director of Cooper Hewitt, attests, Gail and the other honorees will showcased elsewhere, too: “These inspiring men and women will be joining us in classrooms and communities throughout the U.S. to help us raise awareness of the power of design to improve our lives.”

    TDC47 call for entries, designed by Gail Anderson.

    Take a look at Gail’s award-winning work, including a few produced for the Type Directors Club, on the Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards website here. Click on each photo to learn more about each of her projects.

    And read more about Gail in our 2015 interview when she was featured as TDC’s Member of the Month.

    On behalf of Type Directors Club, Carol concludes, “We couldn’t be happier that Gail is being honored. She is so deserving of this award. Congratulations, my friend!”

  • Call for Entries! Ascenders 2018, A New Competition to Honor Young Designers

    Enter Ascenders 2018 through the competition website: As part of its goal to support young designers and excellence in … Read more

  • Type Directors Club Announces New Competition to Honor Young Designers

    As part of its goal to support young designers and excellence in typography, the Type Directors Club is inaugurating Ascenders, … Read more

  • Type Directors Club Events for NYCxDesign 2018

    Type Directors Club is pleased to be participating in NYCxDESIGN 2018 along with so many other design organizations, museums, architects, … Read more

  • TDC Book Night! 2018

    TDC Book Night April 26! Join us as we present Lauren Panepinto, Ingsu Liu, and Grace Han—three of the world’s best book cover designers and art directors who will show us how it’s done. See the work, hear the war stories, and get a behind-the-scenes look into some of the most exciting cover work out there. Read more

  • Type Drives Culture: Nina Stössinger’s Report

    “Type Drives Culture”, the TDC’s second annual conference, took place on Friday, March 23, at the SVA Theatre in New … Read more

  • “Type Drives Culture” Conference Speakers Announced

    Type Directors Club has just announced the lineup of speakers for Type Drives Culture, a day of typography talks and … Read more

  • Sneak Peek at NYC’s New Poster Museum

    Last week, Type Directors Club and other New York City poster fans received a preview of Poster House, an exciting … Read more

  • Eye Magazine—>NYC: Eye 95 Launch with R. O. Blechman and Triboro

    Join the Type Directors Club for a special NYC launch of Eye 95, the latest issue of the acclaimed independent, international … Read more

  • Judges Night with Gemma O’Brien and Sahar Afshar

    Judges Night January 18th! Spend an evening with Gemma O’Brien, lettering artist extraordinaire, and Sahar Afshar, type designer and researcher … Read more

  • Two New Books on Lettering and Type

    How to Draw Type and Influence People: An Activity Book By Sarah Hyndman Laurence King Publishing, 2017 128 pages Not … Read more

  • Indonesian Designer Gives TDC62 Show Hometown Identity

    Bandung welcomes work of international designers in TDC62 on November 21 at Maranatha Christian University. The World’s Best Typography: TDC62 … Read more

  • Impress Your Design Crush — Meet the Judges of the TDC Competitions

    If you’re like us, one of the first things you do when you receive a competition’s Call for Entries is … Read more

  • The View from LA: Reflections on Stranger Things’ Emmy-Winning Titles

    The Netflix TV series, with titles designed by Imaginary Forces using ITC Benguiat, received the Emmy for Outstanding Title Design. … Read more

  • Type Directors Club Competitions Accepting Entries Through December 8

    › Enter TDC Competitions Here! Type Directors Club is pleased to announce that the Communications Design and Typeface Design competitions … Read more

  • TDC Announces Fall Workshop Line-up

    Type Directors Club has just announced its line-up of New York City workshops to offer illustrators, type fanatics, calligraphers, letterers, … Read more

  • TypeCon 2017: Carolyn Porter’s Report

    I recently returned from five days in Boston attending TypeCon 2017, presented by the Society for Typographic Aficionados. It was … Read more

  • Continuing Debuts for the TDC62 Global Exhibition Tour

    The desire to see good design just keeps growing, and the work of participants in the sixty-second annual typography competition … Read more

  • TDC Medal Awarded to Dutch Typographer Gerard Unger

    The Type Directors Club has presented the prestigious TDC Medal to Dutch typographer Dr. Gerard Unger to recognize his accomplishment … Read more

  • TDC62 Traveling Exhibit Debuts in Jakarta, Indonesia

    On August 12, TDC62 Indonesia went on display at IDDC (Indonesian Design Development Center) in Jakarta and will continue through … Read more

  • Exhibition—New York Times Magazine Type: 2015–Present

    June 1 – September 7, 2017. Make an appointment to see this exhibition curated by Gail Bichler, Design Director of … Read more

  • TDC 63 Best in Show: Jose Neves for Smoke Printer

    At a sold-out award ceremony the Type Directors Club announced that Jose Neves, a student, has won Best in Show … Read more

  • Type Directors Club Awards Scholarships to Next-Generation Type Designers

    At its annual award ceremonies this week at Cooper Union, the Type Directors Club presented a series of scholarships to … Read more

  • Type Directors Club Debuts World’s Best Typography in New York

    At its annual award ceremonies this week at Cooper Union, the Type Directors Club opened The World’s Best Typography: The … Read more

  • 2017 Typeface Design & TDC63 Competition Judges Choices

    Every year, the eleven TDC competition judges choose their favorites from all the entries. These standouts will be highlighted in … Read more

  • The World’s Best Typography: TDC63 and TDC2017 Opening Reception

    July 18th at The Cooper Union Gallery: Type, drinks, and friends! The Type Directors Club invites members, its honorees, and … Read more

  • TDC Election Results 2017

    The Type Directors Club has announced the results of the annual election for its Board of Directors. The newly-elected Board … Read more

  • TDC63 Exhibitions Open in Warsaw and Madrid

    Type Directors Club is pleased to let our European friends know that the latest edition of The World’s Best Typography … Read more

  • Meet the Judges of the 2017 Typeface Design and TDC63 Communication Competitions

    As the premier typographic design competition in the world, the Type Directors Club relies upon an esteemed panel of judges … Read more

  • Classic Penguin: The Exhibition

    Up through May 25th. The exhibition is free and open to the public Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 … Read more