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
The AIGA Community Resource hub has an extensive list of resources, April 16, 2020
Emily Cohen: Strategic Business Advice for Design Firms
Justine Clay, business and marketing advice for creative entrepreneurs and freelancers
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This information is changing rapidly and some of the links below may be out of date.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 updates from New York City, March 31, 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
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
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)
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
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.
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
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)
www.penandlens.com shared with us live streaming type design tutorials by akimbo.black at Twitch.tv
We want to hear from you. Let us know of links we can add. You can contact us through our social media, or email us with a subject line “Additional Resources” at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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