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  • 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.

  • Rod McDonald: Positively Grotesque

    TDC Salon: April 5, 2016. “Positively Grotesque” with Rod McDonald

    Rod McDonald speaks about his just-completed Classic Grotesque™ family, consisting of 56 fonts — work that breathed new life into the early twentieth-century Monotype Grotesque series. Rod discusses how he developed the Monotype Classic Grotesque™ font family, discussing his personal journey of discovery through 110 years of grotesques. Since beginning his career as a lettering artist in the 1960s, Rod McDonald’s work as a designer, educator, historian and writer has encompassed virtually every aspect of the typographic arts. McDonald has worked both as a freelance typographic designer and on the staff of such renowned typesetting companies as Mono Lino Typesetting and Cooper & Beatty in
 Toronto. This talk was sponsored by Monotype.

  • Amy Papaelias: In Your Face — Speculative Typography as Critical Design Practice

    TDC Salon: March 24, 2016. “In Your Face: Speculative Typography as Critical Design Practice” with Amy Papaelias

    Amy Papaelias, an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the State University of New York, discusses what it means to engage in a critical typography practice. Critical design, borrowed from the studio Dunne & Raby, initiates forms of thinking and making that challenge established conventions. Questioning assumptions about type in a variety of social, cultural and technological contexts, speculative typography suggests opportunities for future, emergent practices. Amy examines speculative typography as it relates to investigations around font intelligence, visual interpretations of speech patterns, representations of cultural stereotypes, and textual ephemera on the web.

  • Stephen Powers: Language Artist

    TDC Salon: March 17, 2016. “Language Artist” with Stephen Powers

    Stephen Powers has been making art his whole life and it has been his sole occupation since 1999. As a featured installation artist in the Brooklyn Museum’s “Coney Island” show, Stephen speaks about new work, old work, what it’s like to make huge letters, and ICY signs in Brooklyn. His work has been shown at Luggage Store, Philadelphia’s ICA, The Venice and Liverpool Biennials, and Deitch Projects.

  • Nim Ben-Reuven: Motivational Nihilism

    TDC Salon: February 25, 2016. “Motivational Nihilism” with Nim Ben-Reuven

    Nim Ben-Reuven, a Brooklyn-based freelance lettering artist, video producer and art director, uses the term “motiviational nihilism” to serve as a reaction to the hyperbole that has veneered much of today’s design landscape. As artisans working within an ocean of pastel-hued trends and immaculately curated authenticity, extracting truthfulness from what we create and for whom we create it has become an increasingly difficult and frustrating task. Nim’s talk explores the need to step away from the feedback loop of visual trends and ‘inspirational’ messages and examine the more sinister aspects of what each of these things is actually telling us.

  • 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.

  • Tony Brook: Spin – 360°

    TDC Salon: April 30th, 2015. “Spin 360” with Tony Brook

    On the eve of publishing a 516-page studio monograph, Spin co-founder and creative director Tony Brook discusses the legendary studio’s work, aims and ambitions. Over the past twenty years, London-based Spin has established an international reputation for delivering clear, elegant design solutions across multiple platforms.

  • Back to the Beginning: Keetra Dean Dixon

    TDC Salon: April 16, 2015. “Back to the Beginning” with Keetra Dean Dixon

    In April 2014, artist and designer Keetra Dean Dixon packed up her happy NYC life and headed to Alaska where she’s been testing the claim “We can do our job from anywhere.” Hear how her adventuring continues to lead a category-defying practice driven by curiosity and endless exploration. She explains how her hybrid design background leads her work towards speculative terrain, leveraging emergent technologies, and process-focused making.

  • Mike Abbink: Important Shapes

    TDC Salon: February 12, 2015. “Important Shapes” with Mike Abbink

    Mike Abbink is the Creative Director of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) where he responsible for managing and leading the internal design team at MoMA as well as creative leadership of the brand experience and visual identity of the Museum across all platforms and departments. This includes exhibitions, advertising, programs, and events, as well as retail, publications, digital, and the MoMA PS1. Abbink shares a few projects that demonstrate type as identity and how it can shape so much about how we engage with our favorite brands or organizations. Together with Bold Monday, Mike has developed new sans and serif additions to the GE Inspira family and most recently a typeface for the current Matisse exhibition identity and retail products at MoMA.

  • Letterholic: Alex Trochut

    TDC Salon: February 10th, 2015. “Letterholic” with Alex Trochut.

    Alex Trochut is an illustrator, designer and typographer known for his geometrically precise yet fluid, sensual forms. Beginning as a freelance designer, Trochut established his Barcelona-based design studio in 2007. Now dividing his time between Brooklyn and Barcelona, his client list includes Coca-Cola, Nike, Pepsi, Adidas, Puma, the Rolling Stones, The New York Times and Absolut.

  • Dirk Fütterer: New Typography for the Holy Scripture

    TDC Salon: October 2, 2014. “New Typography for the Holy Scripture” with Dirk Fütterer

    Dirk Fütterer, a communication designer with more than 20 years of experience in the US and Germany, manages the Institut für Buchgestaltung (Institute of Book Design, IFB) at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld, Germany, which has been designing the 73 books and letters of the Bible in a reader-friendly way that is appropriate to the content. In this salon, Prof. Dirk Fütterer presents this mammoth “Bielefeld Bible” project. Around 60 (mostly student) designers have been working since 2009 on the undogmatic presentation of the biblical writings to do justice to the spiritual and cultural as well as the narrative and emotional dimensions of the text.

  • Pablo Medina: A Mission in the Mission

    TDC Salon: October 4, 2012: “A Mission in the Mission” with Pablo Medina

    Hand-painted signage is an art form that has been a strong influence in Pablo A. Medina’s work as a graphic designer and typeface designer. This talk at Type Directors Club follows his four month artist-in-residence program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Pablo shares photographs of the many hand-painted signs that are prevalent in San Francisco’s Mission district and his lettering illustration series that uses Mission signs as a basis for composition, color and lettering style.

  • Sumner Stone and Allan Haley: An Evening of Typographic Amity

    TDC Salon: September 29, 2014. “An Evening of Typographic Amity” with Sumner Stone and Allan Haley

    The Type Directors Club and Monotype held an intimate evening, featuring an informal typographic chat between Sumner Stone and Monotype’s Allan Haley. Sumner was queried about Magma™ II, about the careful reflection and typographic passion that went into the Adobe Originals, what drove his typeface design courses at Cooper Union, and what he thinks of the future of the craft. “I created ITC Stone® Sans early in the era of typography on the personal computer,” Stone recalls. “Since then, technology has advanced, particularly regarding the resolution of screens and output devices in general. I felt I could develop a new design which would include more subtle features.” This new design became the Magma typeface family. As part of the evening’s program, Sumner shares the story behind this important typeface family.

  • TDC Judges Night 2012

    A panel discussion with judges Roger Black, Matthew Carter, Paul Shaw and Erik Spiekermann on the Thursday before they judge the entries to the Type Directors Club annual competition. Moderated by Maxim Zhukov on January 12th, 2012.

  • Type Snobs

    Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich and Matteo Bologna talk about the concept for the Type Directors Club call for entries in 2011. Video produced by Very Nice Industries.