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.
October 26, 2017
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.
September 28, 2017
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.
September 19, 2017
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.
August 8, 2017
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.
June 8, 2017
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.
June 6, 2017
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.
May 18, 2017
TDC Salon: May 18, 2017. “Mapping, Typography, and Storytelling” with Larry Buchanan
Larry Buchanan, a graphic editor for The New York Times, explains how aesthetics inform cartographers and designers to blend graphics and text in a way that illuminates the most pressing issues of the day — election results, red/blue states, melting icecaps, violence in Chicago neighborhoods. Larry works at The New York Times where he reports, writes and makes maps, charts, diagrams, and other weird things that don’t necessarily fall into one of those categories. He is also an instructor at the School of Visual Arts. This salon was featured as part of 2017 NYCxDesign.
April 27, 2017
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.
April 13, 2017
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.
April 1, 2017
On April 1, 2017, Design Incubation brought together a panel of educators to discuss innovations, challenges and best practices for teaching typography. The panelists talk about the role of typography in the continuum of design education and identify areas where traditional programs experience shortcomings and challenges. Discussion focuses upon which fundamental skills should be taught and whether the way typography is taught needs to change in a screen-based world. Panel moderators Liz Deluna (St. John’s) and Doug Clouse (Fashion Institute of Technology). Panel includes Juliette Cezzar (New School Parsons School of Design), John Gambell (Yale School of Art), Thomas Jockin (Queens College CUNY and Fashion Institute of Technology), and Amy Papaelias (SUNY New Paltz).
Hosted by Type Directors Club.
March 30, 2017
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.
March 23, 2017
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.
March 16, 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.
March 8, 2017
TDC Special Event: March 10, 2017 – Young Designers Panel at “Type Over Time”
Debbie Millman interviews a panel of young type designers about their careers and aspirations. The panel includes Elizabeth Carey Smith, Greg Gazdowicz, Jessica Svendsen, and Zipeng Zhu. This panel was part of “Type Over Time: 70th Anniversary of the Type Directors Club,” a day-long celebration held at the SVA Theatre in New York City on March 10, 2017.
March 9, 2017
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.
February 16, 2017
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.
November 12, 2016
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.