Aside from potential health threats, the type and design community faces severe economic challenges because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Type Directors Club supports our community during this time.
Following is an evolving list of helpful resources. At the moment the list is New York City-centric and we will make it more international as we can. Like the rest of the world, we are still learning how to respond to a startling situation of indefinite duration.
Business Management and Jobs
List of design jobs on the TDC site
Remote design career coaching and workshops at Design Dept. in San Francisco
The AIGA Community Resource hub has an extensive list of resources, April 16, 2020
The Coronavirus and Your Firm – A Live AMA by David C. Baker
Three Steps to Surviving and Thriving in a Crisis by Blair Enns
Emily Cohen: Strategic Business Advice for Design Firms
Justine Clay, business and marketing advice for creative entrepreneurs and freelancers
Basic financial advice and resources from the New York Times
AIGA Resources List
Including links like this Slack group for agency owners and directors
And this list of remote-friendly employers
Links at the Freelancers Union
Loans and Mutual Aid
This information is changing rapidly and some of the links below may be out of date. Our most recent links are at the top of the list.
Small business grants from Business For All, Alice, and Verizon, with an emphasis on diversity
The Graphics Arts Guild offers a list of resources related to everything from student loans to a list of banks offering coronavirus relief, including a list of resources by state, April 15, 2020.
New York State Relief for Workers Affected by Coronavirus Act (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance PUA), April 14, 2020
New York State Unemployment Insurance Benefits: Updated FAQs, April 14, 2020
A summary of relief for small businesses from Senator Ben Cardin (Maryland), April 9, 2020.
Coronavirus Relief Options from the Small Business Administration, April 9, 2020
Coronavirus updates from New York City, March 31, 2020
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist, March 30, 2020
The Union Bank of Switzerland released a summary of Federal coronavirus relief in this PDF of March 25.
Forms from the State of NY on aid for businesses:
COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave: Employees
COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave: Employers
Employee Rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
A list of questions and answers about the new Federal stimulus package from the New York Times, March 26, 2020. Here is a link to NYT site, and link to a PDF of article text.
Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance – Coronavirus
Update on Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Loan Criteria
SBA Local Assistance around the Country
Small Business Administration Loans
Small Business Administration Federal Contracting Help
New York City Small Business Services Financial Assistance for Businesses Affected by COVID-9
Hebrew Free Loan Society Coronavirus Financial Impact Loan
NYC United Against Coronavirus
Artists Support Each Other on Instagram
Emergency Funding for the Arts
Analysis of what the Families First Coronavirus Response means for non-profits, from the National Council of Nonprofits
Resources for Educators, Students, and Online Collaboration
Design Incubation, an organization that supports design educators
TDC videos on YouTube, including videos by and about Timothy Samara, Paula Scher, and Design Incubation
Images of winners from the TDC communications design and typeface design competitions.
Tutorful (UK) offers online tutoring for many subjects, including graphic design… and perhaps jobs as tutors as well.
AIGA (near the bottom of the page)
The New School Vera List Center for Art and Politics COVID-19 Resource Toolkit
Mural, a platform for remote collaboration
Figma, a platform where designers interact online
Dropbox Paper, a collaborative online workspace
Canvas, a cloud learning platform
VoiceThread, online commenting and conversations
Zoom; everyone is using it!
Slack, for group conversations
Screencast-o-matic, for video recording screens
Snagit, for screen capture and recording
Adobe Enables Distance Learning Globally
It is a good time to prepare for the future. There are always more applications to learn and practice!
Type Crit Crew is a new free resource for type design students to meet with experienced type designers for virtual critiques. Launched by type designer Juan Villanueva. Students can reach out to type designers on the Type Crit Crew Spreadsheet.
All videos in the Herb Lubalin Lecture Series, Type@Cooper
Videos of lectures at Letterform Archive in San Francisco
Videos at the Cooper Hewitt design museum
Live!, a series of live talks on Instagram, with a focus on the creative industry.
Tutorful (UK) offers online tutoring for many subjects, including graphic design… and perhaps jobs as tutors.
Kanopy film and video: your institution may have a subscription
the Design Museum in the UK has online learning sessions.
Until 4/24/2020, get a free rental of the film Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century. The late Jim Rimmer offers a glimpse into the creative process and the joie de vivre of making. No obligation or purchase necessary; use the code OMEGA22 at the P22 Vimeo On Demand Page.
A pandemic craft project: make your own masks (from the NY Times)
Adobe’s Digital Experience Conference of March 31 is going virtual this year.
lynda.com is offering a free month of tutorials
domestika.org has heavily discounted typography and design classes, with some classes in Spanish
www.penandlens.com shared with us live streaming type design tutorials by akimbo.black at Twitch.tv
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