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  • Dafi Kühne: True Print

    TDC Salon: April 27, 2017. “True Print” with Dafi Kühne

    An evening with Dafi Kühne, a Swiss designer who works with analog and digital techniques to produce fresh, unique letterpress-printed posters. Fusing modern means with the century-old tradition of letterpress, he forms a new, contemporary vocabulary for how to communicate through type and form. His work is a clever response to the search for new possibilities of graphic expression: true print. In this salon, Dafi describes his process and the monograph about his work, “True Print,” published by Lars Müller Publishers.

  • Painting with James Franco: A Panel Discussion about Making the Book “Classic Penguin”

    TDC Salon: April 13, 2017. “Painting with James Franco: A Panel Discussion about Making the Book Classic Penguin” with Paul Buckley, Matt Vee, and Elizabeth Yaffe

    At this Type Directors Club exhibition opening and panel discussion, three creative artists discuss the book Classic Penguin—Cover to Cover, which takes readers behind the scenes of book design to describe the collaborative work that goes into creating illustrations, typography, packaging, and marketing for Penguin Classics. Paul Buckley, a creative director for Penguin Random House, oversees a large staff of exceptionally talented designers and art directors working on the jackets and covers of fifteen imprints called the Penguin Art Group. His iconic design and singular art direction have been showcased on thousands of covers and jackets, including many in the exhibition and book. The panel includes designer and illustrator Matt Vee and videographer Elizabeth Yaffe.

  • Jakob Trollbäck: Design for Change

    TDC Salon: March 30, 2017. “Design for Change: Communicating with 7 Billion People” with Jakob Trollbäck

    Jakob Trollbäck is the Swedish CCO and Founder behind award-winning creative studio Trollbäck + Company. Arriving in New York at the same time as the digital revolution, Jakob was among the first to embrace sea changes in the media landscape. Jakob has asserted himself as an innovative force in design, branding, and corporate storytelling driven by beauty, logic, and a singular motto: discard everything that means nothing. In this TDC salon, he speaks about process of designing the visual and verbal communication behind the 2016 NBC Rio Olympics logo, and the United Nations Global Goals.

  • Drew Hodges and Steven Heller: Top Billing

    TDC Salon: March 23, 2017. “Top Billing: The Theater Posters that Changed Broadway” with Drew Hodges and Steven Heller

    Drew Hodges created SpotCo to change the way theater posters were designed. Along with a team of 228 collaborators over the last 20 years, SpotCo has sold over 30 million tickets to live entertainment, and created the branding and advertising campaigns for numerous Broadway shows and cultural institutions including Rent, Chicago, The Color Purple, Kinky Boots, Avenue Q, Book of Mormon and Hamilton, among many others. In this TDC salon, Drew talks with Steven Heller about memorable imagery from dozens of stage productions and the stories behind them. Steven Heller is the co-chair of SVA MFA Design. His blog is Print Magazine’s The Daily Heller.

  • TDC Book Night 2017

    March 16, 2017: TDC Book Night 2017 with Darren Haggar and Tal Goretsky

    When a book cover works, it’s more than just design—it’s magic. For our annual Book Night, TDC invited some of the world’s best book cover designers and art directors to talk about how it’s done. Darren Haggar is the VP Art Director at the Penguin Press. He started his career at Penguin UK before joining Viking 17 years ago. Darren has been with the Penguin Press imprint since it began in 2003. Tal Goretsky designs covers for the Crown Publishing Group and art directs Crown Business. Previously, he was art director of Scribner, and worked as a designer for Penguin Press. Robin Bilardello, the VP/Senior Art Director at HarperCollins Publishers in New York, joins Darren and Tal for the audience Q&A. The evening was sponsored by A2A Studio Solutions.

  • Sasha Prood: Letter as Object

    TDC Salon: March 9, 2017. “Letter as Object: Representational Lettering from Project Brief through Final Art” with Sasha Prood

    Sasha Prood, an illustrator and graphic designer living and working in Brooklyn, specializing in hand lettering. Her work uses graphite, ink, watercolor paint, and digital media, and is inspired by the organic, natural, and scientific. In this TDC salon, Sasha talks about her representational lettering process from the client’s project brief, through idea, sketch, and final art. She describes some of her more involved client projects, ranging from handlettered alphabets to illustrated covers to campaign art, shining a light on the wins, compromises, and lessons learned.

  • Victoria Rushton: Fixing Things for Fun and No Profit

    TDC Salon: February 16, 2017. “Fixing Things for Fun and No Profit” with Victoria Rushton

    Custom type designer Victoria Rushton explains how she tries to fix other people’s work for kicks. She shares why these mini secret projects are interesting to her and more importantly serve as a self-directed crash course for her technical education and self-awareness. Victoria was trained to design typefaces by the great people at Font Bureau, and now does custom fonts for clients as well as her own original releases through her own foundry at TypeNetwork. She does lettering for everyone, whether they want it or not.

  • TDC Judges Night 2017

    TDC Competition Judges Night: January 26, 2017

    Joe Newton moderates a talk with two judges on the Thursday before they review the entries to the TDC 63/Typography 38 competitions — Janine Vangool of Uppercase Magazine (Canada) and type designer Alice Savoie (France). Recorded at Parsons School of Design in New York City.

  • Graphic Arts in the Liberal Arts

    Education panel at TDC: November 12, 2016. “Graphic Arts in the Liberal Arts” with Design Incubation

    Liz Deluna (St. John’s) and Mark Zurolo (University of Connecticut) moderate a panel of educators, who discuss the challenges and obstacles that graphic design programs encounter and how programs housed in liberal arts institutions differ from those in art schools. Event hosted by Type Directors Club.

  • Erik Carter and Mark Owens: The Surface of Design

    TDC Salon: October 26, 2016. “The Surface of Design” with Erik Carter and Mark Owens

    Graphic Designer Erik Carter and A+D Guest Curator Mark Owens discuss Carter’s book cover designs for Verso Books’ Verso Futures series and what “abstraction” means for designers today. The salon at TDC was hosted in conjunction with the exhibition The Surface of Design at the Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery at Purchase College SUNY, which was on view October 3 through November 11, 2016.

  • Mehdi Saeedi: Calligraphic Transformation

    TDC Salon: October 18, 2016. “Calligraphic Transformation” with Mehdi Saeedi

    Mehdi Saeedi‎, an internationally known award-winning artist and designer based in Philadelphia, was born in Tehran, Iran. As a typographer and calligrapher, his expertise is zoomorphic lettering design—shaping words into animals and other forms. Hix artistic vision is informed by the aesthetic heritage and traditions of the Middle East. Combining his experience in classical Persian calligraphy with visual cues from the art of dance, Saeedi explores the sensual nature of writing. In this TDC salon, he presents his work, discusses the evolution of his style, and gives a preview of new projects.

  • Craig Welsh: Alvin Lustig’s Forgotten Font

    TDC Salon: October 13, 2016. “Alvin Lustig’s Forgotten Font” with Craig Welsh

    ‘Euclid. A New Type,’ originally designed in the 1930s by modern American designer Alvin Lustig (1915-1955) has been revived through a collaboration of designers Craig Welsh and Elaine Lustig Cohen. Only twelve letterforms from the original font design had been retained in archive material in the many decades since its initial development. The revived ‘Lustig Elements’ font combines four simple, geometric shapes aligned to an underlying grid with letterform designs that hold true to the spirit of the original font. This TDC salon discusses how Lustig Elements came to life in 2016 as wood type cut at Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum and as digital fonts from digital type foundry P22.

  • Ian Lynam: I Blame the Sun

    TDC Salon: October 6, 2016. “I Blame the Sun: The Emergence of Modernism in Japanese Graphic Design” with Ian Lynam

    Ian Lynam is a Tokyo-based designer operating at the intersection of graphic design, design education and design research. This lecture explores Japanese graphic design and typographic history from 1854 to 1965 and discusses Japan’s first type foundries, propaganda, speculative labor, and how one Japanese designer disrupts our understanding of design history.

  • When Design Takes a Village: Celebrating Grand Central Publishing’s 10-Year Anniversary

    TDC Book Night: April 20, 2016. “When Design Takes a Village” with Anne Twomey, Claire Brown, and Liz Connor

    On the tenth anniversary of the Grand Central Publishing imprint, this panel focuses on the origins of its look and the development of its consistent visual brand. The panel features Grand Central Publishing’s VP/creative director Anne Twomey, and art directors Claire Brown and Liz Connor. They present book design samples from some of its many imprints, including but not limited to Grand Central, 12 Books, and Grand Central Life & Style — thoughtful collaborations among a strong team of art directors and many of the best designers, illustrators and photographers in the business.

  • Neil Gower: Jackets, Genius and Putting the ‘Art’ into Cartography​

    TDC Salon: May 26, 2016. “Jackets, Genius, and Putting the ‘Art’ into Cartography” with Neil Gower

    Uncomfortable calling himself an illustrator and feeling a fraud when referred to as a designer, Neil Gower settled on graphic artist. On a tour through his extensive portfolio of work, Neil reflects on taking hand-drawn images into the digital age, how fear of the demise of print has made this a great time to be a book designer, and the thrill he still gets from making marks on paper, both images and letterform. Neil, who resides in Sussex, England, is best known for his illustrated maps and book jackets. For over 30 years, he has worked in a wide variety of media and styles with a passion for combining image and letterform.

  • Control + Chaos = Triboro

    TDC Salon: May 5, 2016. “Control + Chaos = Triboro” with David Heasty and Stefanie Weigler

    Triboro is the Brooklyn based design duo of David Heasty and Stefanie Weigler. Natives of Texas and Germany, David and Stefanie attract a global client base ranging from innovative start-ups to respected international brands. At this Type Directors Club salon, they recount their tumultuous relationship with type. The studio has tailored over 50 bespoke typefaces (and endless lettering designs) for clients like Ai Weiwei, Google, André Balazs, Everlane, the New York Observer, and Wired. Triboro will trace the evolution of several brand new projects—and a few old favorites.

  • Jeff Rogers: Paint Pixel Pencil

    TDC Salon: April 14th, 2016. “Paint Pixel Pencil” with Jeff Rogers.

    Jeff Rogers never thought in a million years that he would one day be running his own studio in New York City and creating letters for a living. Early in life, Jeff decided that both music and art would always be a part of his life. For Jeff, learning and simultaneously experiencing music and art/design simultaneously has allowed him to explore new ideas and experiences, and to pursue passions that may seem out of line with a specific career path. This approach has had a great impact on his typographic work. In this talk, Jeff presents a selection of his work and gives a personal account of how having a variety of experiences can develop a strong singular voice.

  • Mitch Paone: Ostinato/DIA

    TDC Salon: April 7, 2016. “Ostinato/DIA” with Mitch Paone

    “Ostinato” is a continually repeating musical phrase or rhythm. DIA is a New York-based brand consultancy, design studio, and production company. This salon features DIA’s creative director, Mitch Paone, who is the pianist and band-leader of the jazz-fusion group Non-Static. Mitch talks about how musical thinking plays a massive role in their design process. He talks about how formal musical training goes hand-in-hand with the craft of graphic design and typography and discusses the concept of ensemble and how it relates to creative collaboration and tells why identity systems are essentially musical compositions in visual form.

  • The Return of the Type Director: Elizabeth Carey Smith

    TDC Salon: May 28, 2015. “The Return of the Type Director” with Elizabeth Carey Smith

    This salon was a call to action for type-obsessed designers! Elizabeth Carey Smith encourages others to change their trajectory toward a more type-filled career, and to create cultural change in the workplace by empower one’s design practice. She provides a brief overview of Type Directors of the Past, and commiserates about the current disconnect between mainstream interest in type and its authority in studios and agencies. Elizabeth introduces ways to think about type direction and how it can apply to one’s own career.

  • The Title Might Change: Book Night with Christopher King, Emily Mahon & Jason Booher

    TDC Book Night: May 12, 2015. “The Title Might Change: Book Night with Christopher King, Emily Mahon & Jason Booher”

    Independent graphic designer/illustrator Christopher King describes how to run an entire art department when you’re its only member. Art director Emily Mahon of Doubleday talks about her collaborations, current publishing trends, and inspiration for recent work. Art director Jason Booher reveal the secrets of his design and why he left the best design job in publishing.