July 17, 2014
TDC60 Opening and Awards Ceremony, New York City
The Type Directors Club honored some of the world’s best typographic design and designers on Wednesday, July 16 at The Cooper Union in New York City. The honorees included winners of the TDC Medal, the annual communication and typeface design competitions, and student scholarships. The TDC was founded in 1946 and its annual competitions, which began in 1955, have grown into the world’s largest competitions dedicated to excellence in the use of typography. This year marks the TDC’s 60th communication design competition and its sixteenth typeface design competition. The TDC is very grateful to Monotype for sponsoring the opening and to The Cooper Union for sponsoring the exhibition.
The exhibition can be seen at Cooper Union Gallery 41. It is free to the public and open until August 7, 2014 (10am to 5pm, Monday–Thursday).
TDC President Matteo Bologna acted as the master of ceremonies. Matteo, who was also chairman of the typeface design competition, and Gail Anderson, chairman of the communication design competition, commented upon the quality of entries, and the difficult job that faced the judges, who were:
Communication Design Judges
Debra Bishop (More magazine, New York City)
Ted Halbur (Target, Minneapolis)
Debbie Millman (Sterling Brands, Design Matters, New York City)
Oliver Reichenstein (Information Architects, Tokyo and Zurich)
Jackie Seow (Simon and Schuster, New York City)
Will Staehle (willco, Seattle)
Paul Sych (Faith, Toronto)
Typeface Competition Judges
Andy Clymer (Hoefler & Co.)
Ellen Lupton (Cooper-Hewitt National design Museum and Maryland Institute College of Art)
Jesse Ragan (Type@Cooper)
Georg Seifert (Glyphs.com)
Students, both scholarship winners and those who did well in the competitions, were honored. Scholarship winners, who were recommended by their schools, were announced by TDC board member Gail Anderson. They are:
Christina Bull (Pratt Institute)
Sedrick Chisom (The Cooper Union School of Art)
Maryann George (Parsons The New School for Design)
Shannon McLean (Fashion Institute of Technology)
Rocio Peralta Santana (BAU, Centre Universitari Disseny, Barcelona, Spain)
Lindsay Soto (School of Visual Arts)
Abbie Winters (Virginia Commonwealth University)
The top winners in the competition student category were recognized. The First Place student award of $1000 went to Jeongho Park, of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Other student honorees are:
Second Place ($500)
Kevin Kremer, Miriam Rieger, and Corinna Rusker
(Mediadesign Hochschule München)
Third Place ($300)
Benny Lämmel, Nadine Mayer, Lars Reiners, and Lea Roth
(Mediadesign Hochschule München)
The award for Best in Show was given to Niral Parekh. His work, entered in the category of experimental typography and entitled “Type of Letters,” was an installation of mail arranged in cubbyholes to make letters and words.
A special part of this year’s ceremony was the award of the TDC Medal to David Berlow (read about him and watch a video on the TDC website). Matthew Carter introduced David with tales of their overlapping careers, Nick Sherman presented a large, broadside-style certificate, and Carol Wahler presented the medal.
Carol Wahler, Executive Director of the TDC, announced the naming of the TDC library as The Klaus F. Schmidt Reference Library, in honor of long-time TDC member Klaus Schmidt, who was in the audience. This is Carol’s thirty-first TDC competition!
TDC members, officers, past officers, and fans of typography then filled the adjacent gallery for a reception in the exhibition of winning entries. This exhibition includes work from many countries and is a snapshot of design in our time. Seven separate collections of the winning work will travel the world in the coming year, from Russia to Taiwan. A catalog of the winners, designed by Collins, will be published in the winter by Harper Design and is free to all TDC members. Check out more photos on Facebook. All photographs by Catalina Kulczar.