February 21, 2019
“Library Travelogue” with Tobias Frere-Jones
TDC Salon: January 25, 2018
In the fall of 2017, Princeton Architectural Press published Fifty Type Specimens from The Collection of Tobias Frere-Jones, a sampling from his library of 400+ type specimens. Tobias recounts the making of the collection and gives a tour of the library, examining specimens as expressions of type as well as artifacts of commerce and culture.
Over 25 years, Tobias Frere-Jones has established himself as one of the world’s leading typeface designers, creating some of the most widely used typefaces, including Interstate, Poynter Oldstyle, Whitney, Gotham, Surveyor, Tungsten and Retina.
Tobias received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1992. He joined the faculty of the Yale University School of Art in 1996 and has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. His work is in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2006, Royal Academy of Visual Arts The Hague (KABK) awarded him the Gerrit Noordzij Prijs for his contributions to typographic design, writing and education. In 2013 he received the AIGA Medal in recognition of exceptional achievements in the field of design.
February 16, 2019
Charles Nix — “WWJD? (What Would Justus Do?)”
TDC Salon, September 20, 2018, NYC
Messages from the dead! Mystical communication across two centuries! International intrigue! Typographic treasures guarded by a network of biblio-zealots! A massive cabal! A plot so colossal no less than 90 collaborators involved! A Corsican invader! Genius hampered by Emperor Napoleon! German Romance! The Caspar David Friedrich of type!
Behold! An illustrated lecture! Charles Nix provides an extensive look at Justus Erich Walbaum—the 250-year-old Modern man!
NOTE: This version of the presentation is pre-recorded, and not the live version of the TDC salon itself. Crisp and clean for your enjoyment.
Charles Nix is a designer, typographer, and educator. He is a Type Director at Monotype, where he, Carl Crossgrove, and Juan Villanueva designed the 69-font Walbaum family, released in June 2018.
January 15, 2019
Viktor Koen: Decoding Phenotypes
TDC Salon and Exhibition Opening: November 15, 2018, New York City
Exploring the cross-section between typography and illustration is fascinating, but often challenging to understand. With an introduction by Louise Fili at his Phenotypes exhibition opening, Viktor Koen examines if this duality should be approached as specialty, trend, or obsession by providing insights on inspiration, concept and methodology.
Phenotypes is on display at the Type Directors Club through January 21, 2019. For more details, click here.
Viktor Koen is a regular contributor to national and international publications. His prints are exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. Clients include The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Nature, The Economist, TIME, Entrepreneur, Bloomberg, Fortune, Penguin Random House, TOR, Doubleday and Harper Collins. He serves on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Viktor is also the director of the Illustration Residency Program at School of Visual Arts in New York.
To see Viktor’s photographs of the exhibition, click here.
January 13, 2019
Tim Brown: Flexible Typesetting
TDC Salon, October 18, 2018, NYC
For the first time in hundreds of years, because of the web, the role of the typographer has changed. We no longer decide; we suggest. We no longer simply choose typefaces, font sizes, line spacing, and margins; we prepare and instruct text to make those choices for itself.
Tim Brown is a designer, writer, speaker, and toolmaker, with a focus on typography.
As Head of Typography at Adobe Typekit, he thinks about product direction, designs software, advises integration partners, and helps novices and experts alike hone their typographic skills.
December 29, 2018
Hagen Verleger: Margaret van Eyck – Renaming an Institution, a Case Study
TDC Salon – Thursday, September 27, 2018. NYC
Hagen Verleger gives his insights into “Margaret van Eyck,” an ongoing, collaborative research/art project at the intersection of institutional critique, feminist design intervention, and the politics of (re-)naming, which he initiated in 2017 during his time as artist-in-residence at Van Eyck, a Dutch post-academic institute for fine art, design, and reflection.
Upon arriving at the program in April 2017, Hagen changed the academy’s name and the name of its “labs” by adding a female alternative to each of the all-male namesakes. This spatial design intervention led to an ongoing discussion at the institution and beyond, culminating in the official opening of Margaret van Eyck Academie with a series of presentations, performances, and readings.
This year, Hagen edited and designed a two-volume publication (published by Peradam Press, NYC) documenting Margaret van Eyck that featured a diverse group of artists, writers, and scholars that reflect on the topics within the project.
For this presentation at the Type Directors Club, Hagen will highlight the role that design played in the process, and specifically how typography can serve as a tool to enable and promote change.
Hagen Verleger is an independent graphic designer, editor, and researcher based in Berlin. As a designer, he focuses on typography and book design, working mainly with artists, cultural institutions, and publishing houses. In addition to commissioned work, Hagen’s artistic practice, which often revolves around editing and publishing, is informed by a strong interest in the interrelation of fiction and reality. He is currently working towards a doctorate in the field of philosophy, media studies, and design history.
December 26, 2018
Emily Ruth Cohen: “Building the Love into Your Design Business”
TDC Salon, Wednesday, September 26, 2018. NYC
Love? In Business? Emily Cohen, top business consultant to the design stars says Yes! If your business is lovable, clients and employees will come running toward you with the best projects and great referrals – possibly even arms full of chocolates and roses. But, love isn’t a box full of beautifully packaged chocolates or fine wine. It’s not a fun poster or even a unique giveaway. It’s less tangible and something you give your clients and staff all year long. In this rousing and informative talk, you’ll learn why infusing love across all aspects of your business is important to your long-term success as well as the top 12 strategies Emily has curated for building and sharing the love.
Emily Cohen has been honored to consult and work with many leading design firms across the country. Through these experiences, she has developed, tested, and curated key business insights and strategies that have helped firms become more effective, profitable, and fun to work at. Emily conducts strategic business planning retreats and provides confidential, best-practice insights and advice on staff, client, and process-management strategies.
She loves sharing her expertise through speaking engagements, guest posts, her Skillshare class, webinars, industry activism, and, most recently, in her new business book for creatives, Brutally Honest. She also runs Evolve Symposium an intimate event in Brooklyn where 30+ design firm principals from around the country meet to learn new strategies for running their business from experts as well as their peers. Emily Cohen is also fast-talker,a designer by degree, an avid reader, a trend-spotter, a connector, and her client’s advocate.
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June 14, 2018
TDC at Parsons: “Type and Time” with Neville Brody
June 14, 2018
Different eras, different societies, and different peoples demand different ways of communicating. As technology, tools, and tasks change over time, the languages we speak and the way we speak them need to evolve to remain appropriate and relevant.
This fluid approach to type design and usage underpins the work of Neville Brody, from his early hand-drawn type for record covers and magazines in the eighties through experimental type venture FUSE in the nineties, to recent work for Samsung, Channel4, and Coca-Cola.
In “Type and Time,” Brody presents his type thoughts and expressions through the ages, and talks about his ideas for the future.
This talk was held at Parsons School of Design.
Sponsors: Type Network & Brody Fonts.
June 13, 2018
TDC at Parsons: “In Letters We Trust” with Tobias Frere-Jones
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
For centuries, letterforms have been a means of security for citizens and governments alike. This talk will explore the ways that letterforms have been used in plain sight and in secret, to thwart forgery. Some strategies have relied on high-profile collaboration, and others on home-grown cunning. Interwoven is a story of war and peace, technology, culture and economics. The narrative will focus on banknotes from the American Colonial period to the present day, with additional examples of passports, government permits and lottery tickets.
Over 25 years, Tobias Frere-Jones has established himself as one of the world’s leading typeface designers, creating some of the most widely used typefaces, including Interstate, Poynter Oldstyle, Whitney, Gotham, Surveyor, Tungsten and Retina. His work is in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2006, Royal Academy of Visual Arts The Hague (KABK) awarded him the Gerrit Noordzij Prijs. In 2013 he received the AIGA Medal in recognition of exceptional achievements in the field of design.
This evening also featured Nina Stössinger. You can view her video separately.
Special thanks to Parsons for supporting this evening’s event.
June 13, 2018
TDC Talk at Parsons: June 13, 2018
“Journey to the Dark Side of Contrast” with Nina Stössinger
It is one of the most fundamental conventions in Latin typeface design that verticals are made thicker than horizontals. But what if they aren’t? Designers who have challenged this rule often emphasize the outrageous strangeness of letters wearing their thicks and thins the “wrong” way. So is “reversed contrast” just a recurring but ultimately useless provocation – or might this largely neglected quadrant of design space yet yield promising, perhaps even useful new solutions? A tale of convention and contrast, exploration and experiment, of breaking and making the rules of design.
Nina Stössinger is a Senior Typeface Designer at Frere-Jones Type. Originally from Basel in Switzerland, she graduated in multi-media design from Burg Giebichenstein University of Art Halle/Germany. She went on to receive a CAS in Type Design from Zurich University of the Arts, and an MA in Type and Media from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Nina teaches type design at Yale University School of Art, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Type Directors Club. Her published type designs include Conductor (with Tobias Frere-Jones), Nordvest, and FF Ernestine.
This evening also featured Tobias Frere-Jones. You can view his video separately.
Special thanks to Parsons for supporting this evening’s event.
June 6, 2018
TDC Salon: June 6, 2018
“Shape of the Word – Arabic Typographic Sculpture for Public Spaces” with Kameel Hawa
Kameel Hawa is a Lebanese designer, painter, and writer name whose has become synonymous with Almohtaraf, the design house that he founded more than 3 decades ago.
Born in 1947 and a graduate of the American University of Beirut, Kameel approached graphic design as a mission. The originality of the work AlMohtaraf has created throughout the years lies in its blend of art and design, tradition and modernity — a meaningful message communicated in an indigenous yet contemporary form.
AlMohtaraf, the only pan-Arab design house, has left an impact on the design scene in the region. Kameel Hawa himself is gaining acclaim for his type design, his unique creations in word art, and for his typographic sculpture.
His first project, an interpretation of the name Beirut in Arabic, stands prominently in the city’s downtown. In 2014, his public installation of 8 sculptural interpretations of the word Fann (Arabic for Art) over Samir Kassir pool won him widespread recognition. Recently he unveiled another typographic sculpture representing the acronym of his Alma matter AUB. His latest design project, presented in last year’s Beirut Art Week, is a typographic sculptural interpretation of the complete Phoenician Alphabet represented by the first letter Aleph.
May 31, 2018
TDC Salon: May 31, 2018
“Hidden in Plain Sight—Props for Film, Television, and Theater” with Ross McDonald
Ross MacDonald is perhaps best known as an illustrator, yet all the while he has led a secret double life designing and fabricating props for over 40 movies and television series. He has made everything from the book Bradley Cooper’s character throws out the window in Silver Linings Playbook, to the titular Book of Secrets for the second National Treasure movie; Jennifer Lawrence’s mop patents for Joy; baby’s favorite book in Baby’s Day Out; Nucky Thompson’s checkbook and Arnold Rothstein’s calling card for Boardwalk Empire; the morgue toe-tags in The Knick; the Pawnee town charter for Parks and Recreation; the Red Apple Tobacco tin in Tarantino’s Hateful Eight; Versace’s book in the latest season of American Crime Story and thousands of other props. Hear the stories behind the projects and get a look into MacDonald’s process.
This talk coincides with a gallery show of his work, continuing at Type Directors Club through July 2018. See photos of the gallery exhibit here.
Ross MacDonald’s work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Time, Spy and Rolling Stone. Ross also runs Brightwork Press, where his ever-deepening knowledge of period typography and letterpress printing has helped lend further credibility to his prop work.
April 26, 2018
April 26, 2018: “TDC Book Night! 2018” with Lauren Panepinto, Ingsu Liu, and Grace Han
At TDC Book Night on April 26, Chris Sergio hosted a panel with three of the world’s best book cover designers and art directors — Lauren Panepinto, Ingsu Liu, and Grace Han. It was an evening where the designers showed their work, told war stories, and gave a behind-the-scenes look into some of the most exciting cover work happening right now.
After 16 years designing and art directing book covers, Lauren Panepinto has worked in every publishing genre and collaborated with every style of artist. As the Creative Director of the Orbit Books division of Hachette Books for the past ten years, she has been trying to merge the worlds of genre and commercial publishing and figure out what SciFi/Fantasy publishing looks like in the present world of mainstream “geek” media.
Ingsu Liu is VP Executive Art Director at W. W. Norton and Company, and Grace Hea Eun Han currently works as an associate art director at Riverhead Books, an imprint at Penguin Random House.
The panel took place at the Theater at MAD (Museum of Art and Design) in New York City.
April 12, 2018
TDC Salon: April 12, 2018. “Letterheads: A New Book” with Stefan G. Bucher
LetterHeads: An Eccentric Alphabet is a new book by Stefan G. Bucher that is an art and design book for creatives of any age. The project, born out of Stefan’s desire to strike out in a new creative direction, is an entire alphabet of eccentric characters sculpted using 3D modeling software. Stefan gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creative and technological process behind LetterHeads and speaks about creativity and inspiration—how to challenge yourself, how to change direction in your career especially when it seems a little scary.
Stefan G. Bucher is a writer, graphic designer and illustrator behind the award-winning California design studio 344 Design and the popular dailymonster.com drawing project. Stefan has written seven books, including the best-selling 344 Questions—The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival & Artistic Fulfillment. He is an ADC Young Gun and won a D&AD Yellow Pencil for book design. He designed the titles for the films The Fall, Immortals and Mirror, Mirror by director Tarsem. His art appears on The Electric Company on PBS. He designed the Blue Man Theater in Las Vegas, gave life to the Saks Fifth Avenue Yeti, and turned singer/songwriter Wesley Stace into an animated character.
March 3, 2018
TDC Salon: March 3, 2018. “Spencerian Script” with Tony DiSpigna.
Tony Di Spigna discusses Spencerian Formal Script and demonstrates his Spencerian Script design procedure from beginning to final art execution. Tony shows samples in various stages of design development, and announces Love Letters, his book featuring over 40 years of professional and private Spencerian designs. Love Letters dives into the details and relays anecdotes of Tony’s days at the Herb Lubalin studio.
Tony Di Spigna, who was born on the island of Ischia, Italy, is a graduate of New York City Community College and Pratt Institute. He was a partner in the legendary studio of Lubalin Associates, where he worked on all aspects of visual communication and graphic design. He has achieved international recognition for his letterform and typographic designs including exclusive newly designed corporate typefaces and logos. He has won numerous awards and his work has been widely exhibited in The United States and abroad. In 2007, Tony was honored with a one man show in Italy. He currently teaches at The New York Institute of Technology and is a tenured professor at Pratt Institute, where he was given the institute-wide Distinguished Professor Award.
February 28, 2018
TDC Salon: February 28, 2018. “The Visible Invisibility of Words” with Jean François Porchez.
Why is typography a vital asset for business communication? Visual identity is built from the colors and typefaces that make up the most fundamental expression of a brand, yet the design of typefaces must remain invisible for the convenience of the reader. How does the typeface designer reconcile such inherent contradictions, while also meeting the needs of their clients?
This talk features Jean François Porchez, founder of Typofonderie, type director of ZeCraft, and one of the pioneers of digital typography. Teamwork is at the heart of his concerns, and it’s one of the reasons that he launched TypeParis in 2015.
After training as a graphic designer, during which he focused on type design, Jean François Porchez (1964) worked as a type director at Dragon Rouge, then at Le Monde newspaper in early 90s. He was President of the Association Typographique Internationale in 2004–2007. He is board member of the Club des Directeurs Artistiques in Paris and member of the Type Directors Club in New York. He is the programme director for typographic design master at ECV, Paris.
He was awarded the Prix Charles Peignot in 1998 and numerous prizes for his typefaces. Introduced to French Who’s Who in 2009. In 2014, Perrousseaux publishes his monograph. Knight in the order of Arts and Letters in 2015. The President of France, Emmanuel Macron use his typefaces for his communication since 2017.
February 22, 2018
TDC Salon: February 22, 2018. “Time is Form. Form is Time” with Mitch Paone of DIA.
Mitch describes DIA’s “Input Output” studio approach highlighting the thinking and process behind kinetic identity design and typography.
Mitch Paone is the Founder & Creative Director at DIA, a Brooklyn based creative studio specializing in kinetic identity systems, graphic design and typography. Beyond his work with DIA, Mitch is a performing jazz pianist, composer, type designer, lecturer & educator.
February 15, 2018
TDC Salon: February 15, 2018. “Best of the old/Best of the new: Unifying The Wall Street Journal typography” with Che Douglas.
Che Douglas, Global Head of Design at The Wall Street Journal, discusses the recent undertaking to simplify, standardize and modernize the typography of all WSJ brand experiences.
Born in South Australia, Che Douglas is a graduate of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). Che was the Founder and Creative Director of BTP Design, a leading branding and digital design studio in Melbourne, Australia. His company achieved recognition as one of the top design studios within the Australian design community. Che frequently lectures at events and universities and has been a juror on many award panels, including twice on the AGDA Biennale Committee. As the sole director of BTP for eight years, he supported and serviced hundreds of clients before closing to relocate to New York to work with Dow Jones.
Che is currently the Global Head of Design at The Wall Street Journal and oversees a team of product and user experience designers.
February 19, 2018
TDC Salon: January 30, 2018. “Eye Magazine—> NYC: Eye 95 Magazine Launch” with R. O. Blechman and Triboro
The team behind Eye magazine, Editor in Chief John L. Walters and Art Director Simon Esterson, join the Type Directors Club for a special NYC launch of Eye 95, the latest issue of the acclaimed independent, international review of graphic design.
The evening includes presentations by Brooklyn design practice Triboro (David Heasty & Stefanie Weigler) who created this year’s TDC Annual Competition campaign. Also featured is legendary illustrator R. O. Blechman, who reflects on his storied carrier.
EYE is the world’s most beautiful and collectible graphic design journal, published quarterly for professional designers, students and anyone interested in critical, informed writing about design and visual culture.
R. O. Blechman is a renowned animator, illustrator, children’s-book author, graphic novelist and editorial cartoonist whose award-winning work has been the subject of retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art and other institutions. He has created animated specials, commercials, books, and numerous covers and cartoons for the New Yorker.
Triboro, creators of this year’s TDC Annual Competition campaign, is the Brooklyn based design duo of David Heasty and Stefanie Weigler. Together they develop design solutions for clients in publishing, art, fashion, music, lifestyle, and for cultural institutions.
November 18, 2017
TDC Salon: November 17, 2017. “A Graphic Memoir?” with Paul Sahre and Debbie Millman.
Designer-turned-author Paul Sahre leads off with a presentation, and then is joined by Debbie Millman and special guests John Gall and Gabriel Levinson, to discuss Sahre’s new book Two-Dimensional Man, published by Abrams Press. They reflect on the highs and lows of committing to life as a graphic designer, the making of the book, and what prompted Paul to write it.
Paul Sahre is a graphic designer that has doggedly remained independent, operating his own practice since 1997. He is a frequent visual contributor to The New York Times, has designed book covers, authored books, and built and destroyed a life-sized monster truck hearse for the band They Might Be Giants. Debbie Millman is a writer, educator, artist, brand consultant, and host of the radio show Design Matters.
November 16, 2017
TDC Salon: November 16, 2017 “The Story of Dekalb” with Pablo Medina
In 2013 in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Pablo A. Medina began the four-year process of designing his latest font, Dekalb. Medina tells the story of how the font was created, showing images of murals and signage that sparked the font’s aesthetic. He shares examples of Dekalb being used while he was the Creative Director of Sneaker News Magazine, and discusses how his favorite sage, Joseph Campbell and his ‘hero’s journey circle,’ helped him during his crowd-funding campaign which caused a small ruckus on the internet.
Pablo Medina has been designing typefaces inspired by urban vernacular for over 20 years. The first fonts he ever designed were exhibited at the Design Triennial exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt Museum. He is the recipient of the Art Directors Club Young Gun award and has taught art and design at Parsons School of Design, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and at California College of the Arts (CCA). He currently serves as Design Lead at Natural Resources Defense Council, where Monday through Friday, he participates in the resistance, using design as his primary form of protest.
This salon was co-sponsored with Type ThursdaysNYC.