• TDC at Parsons: Neville Brody – Type and Time

    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.

  • TDC at Parsons: Tobias Frere-Jones – In Letters We Trust

    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.

  • TDC at Parsons: Nina Stössinger – Journey to the Dark Side of Contrast

    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.

  • Kameel Hawa: Shape of the Word – Arabic Typographic Sculpture for Public Spaces

    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.

  • Ross McDonald: Hidden in Plain Sight—Props for Film, Television, and Theater

    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.

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  • TDC Book Night! 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.


  • LetterHeads: A New Book by Stefan G. Bucher

    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 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.

  • Tony Di Spigna: Spencerian Script

    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.

  • Jean François Porchez: The Visible Invisibility of Words

    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.

  • Mitch Paone of DIA: Time is Form / Form is Time

    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.

  • Che Douglas: Best of the old/Best of the new, Unifying “The Wall Street Journal” typography

    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.

  • Eye Magazine—>NYC: “Eye” 95 Launch with R. O. Blechman and Triboro

    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.

    For more about Eye 95 see the full contents list here and Eye Before You Buy on Vimeo.

  • Debbie Millman and Paul Sahre: A Graphic Memoir?

    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.

  • Pablo Medina: The Story of Dekalb

    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.

  • Hubert & Fischer: Boooooooooook Design

    TDC Salon: October 26, 2017. “Boooooooooook Design” with Hubert & Fischer.

    Philipp Hubert and Sebastian Fischer, the founding partners of Hubert & Fischer, a design studio with offices in New York and Berlin, talk about their passion — book design. They met at the State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart, Germany, where they had access to the school’s book binding and printing facilities and designed their first books in collaboration with artists. Since then, their international clientele has grown to include museums, galleries, art foundations, and artists. They’ve designed award-winning books for publishers such as Phaidon, D.A.P., Edition Periferia, Hatje Cantz, Damiani, Rizzoli, Koenig Books and Other Criteria.

  • Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth: From Pentagram to Partnership

    TDC Salon: September 28, 2017. “From Pentagram to Partnership” with Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth of Standards Manual

    Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth are the founding partners of Standards Manual, an independent publishing imprint founded in 2014, and Order, a design office—both located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Reed and Smyth met at Pentagram while working under the direction of Michael Bierut for the last six years. They share what started their paths to design, how they created a publishing imprint as a side project, and when they knew it was time to leave their dream jobs.

  • Underware: Enough is Not Enough

    TDC Salon: September 19, 2017. “Enough is Not Enough” with Underware.

    Underware’s work is among the most popular of independent type foundries — happy-go-lucky, high-quality, text-friendly typefaces for both display use and comprehensive typesetting. Underware’s typefaces stand out thanks to unique aesthetics and a considered collective presence. Underware is a refreshing and intelligent team who, while taking what they do seriously, manage to not take themselves too seriously. Founded in 1999 by Akiem Helmling, Bas Jacobs, and Sami Kortemäki, Underware is based in Den Haag, Amsterdam and Helsinki.

  • Shani Avni: Ismar David and the First Hebrew Typeface Family

    TDC Salon: August 8, 2017. “Ismar David and the First Hebrew Typeface Family” with Shani Avni

    Ismar David was a prolific calligrapher, type designer, illustrator, architect and educator. From the 1930s until the 1990s, he lived and worked in Berlin, Jerusalem and New York. His most important work is the David Hebrew Typeface family. It was the first of its kind when it was issued in 1954, and up until today it is the pinnacle of Hebrew type design. What are the challenges entailed in designing a Hebrew typeface family? How did David tackle these obstacles? Why is this work paramount and what has become of it over the years? This talk is based on the research of designer Shani Avni for her MA thesis at the University of Reading, which sheds light on David’s fascinating design process and ground-breaking results.

  • Martina Flor: The Golden Secrets of Lettering

    TDC Salon: June 8, 2017. “The Golden Secrets of Lettering” with Martina Flor

    Berlin-based designer Martina Flor discusses how everyone can learn to draw letters and shows examples from her new book, “The Golden Secrets of Letting.” Martina shares letter design tips that designers can put into practice in their daily work. Martina’s talk covers how to create lettering from sketches and how anyone can turn their passion for letters into work that clients will adore.

  • Gail Bichler: New York Times Magazine Type, 2015-Present

    TDC Salon: June 6, 2017. “New York Times Magazine Type: 2015-Present” with Gail Bichler and Henrik Kubel

    In 2015, The New York Times Magazine embarked on the most extensive redesign in its history. Gail Bichler, the magazine’s Design Director, and London type designer Henrik Kubel discuss that process, focusing on the development of an entirely new suite of typefaces and showcasing the ways in which those typefaces and customized typography have been used in the magazine’s covers, features, and special issues. Gail and her team have won numerous awards for their print and interactive design as well as their groundbreaking work in virtual reality.