“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 conversations at the SVA Theatre in New York on March 23, and launched the website for the event.

Type Directors Club, which has served as an active forum for the design community for over 70 years, has always acknowledged the undeniable resonance between typography and culture.

To explore the intersection of type and culture in America today, TDC has invited an all-star lineup of design leaders to discuss type’s role in music, fashion, politics, publishing, mass media, and corporate brands and how changing cultural trends present new challenges for designers.

The all-day event will feature talks by and conversations with design legend Milton Glaser, award-winning author/designer Steven Heller, multidisciplinary designer Emily Oberman, and designer Elizabeth Carey Smith, who will also host the event.

Among the highlights of the program will be Debbie Millman‘s interview of TDC Type Medalist Matthew Carter for her popular podcast, Design Matters.

Dan Rhatigan will present an overview of typography in adult publishing, Grammy nominee Brian Roettinger will discuss design and typography in the music industry, and five creative designers will present the thinking behind new custom typefaces commissioned by high-profile corporations as part of recent brand redesigns at IBM, Chobani, and Sephora.

Everyone who loves type, style, commentary, and consumer culture is welcomed to participate in this event.

The event will also feature a silent auction to benefit the TDC Scholarship fund, with work by Gail Anderson, Alex Trochut, Bobby C. Martin Jr., Klim Type, Seymour Chwast, Louise Fili, OHNO Type Co., Aaron Draplin, Samantha Hahn, and Tim Ferriss.

Tickets, speaker bios, and schedule of talks are all here.

Conference branding: Ana Gómez Bernaus
Conference typeface: Ana Gómez Bernaus and Matteo Bologna