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 and Money

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

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This information is changing rapidly and some of the links below may be out of date.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.

Coronavirus Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources from the Small Business Administration, April 2, 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

Mutual Aid NYC

NYC United Against Coronavirus

Artists Support Each Other on Instagram

Legal Help

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 and Online Collaboration

Design Incubation

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. 

AIGA (near the bottom of the page)

The New School Vera List Center for Art and Politics COVID-19 Resource Toolkit

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


Continue Learning

It is a good time to prepare for the future. There are always more applications to learn and practice!

All TDC videos on YouTube

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.

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.

Adobe’s Digital Experience Conference of March 31 is going virtual this year. is offering a free month of tutorials has heavily discounted typography and design classes, with some classes in Spanish shared with us live streaming type design tutorials by at


Other Resources

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