October 26, 2016
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.
October 18, 2016
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.
October 13, 2016
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.
October 6, 2016
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.
April 20, 2016
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.
May 26, 2016
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.
May 5, 2016
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.
April 14, 2016
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.
April 7, 2016
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.
April 5, 2016
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.
March 24, 2016
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.
March 17, 2016
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.
February 25, 2016
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.
May 28, 2015
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.
May 12, 2015
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.
April 30, 2015
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.
April 16, 2015
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.
April 9, 2015
TDC Salon April 9, 2015: “The Grass Is Greener Where You Water It / Firebelly Design” with Dawn Hancock, Will Miller and Nick Adam
Typeforce was conceived when two type-lovers, Chicago-enthusiasts and overall community-uplifters came to the realization that their city was losing some of their best talent to New York because they were doing a poor job of celebrating those rising up through the ranks. Dawn Hancock, Will Miller, and Nick Adam tell how a typography show saved a community from itself.
February 26, 2015
TDC Salon: February 26, 2015. “Off the Page and Into the World” with Stephen Doyle
What happens when you want to tell a story in a public park, or in the middle of Times Square, or the Coney Island Boardwalk? Can design infiltrate the environment and disarm people with surprise and delight? From magic in stop-time animation to talking with his hands, Stephen Doyle talks about infiltrating new frontiers and exploring new horizons.
Stephen Doyle won the Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design Award for Communication for his “ability to give words a deeper meaning.” Doyle Partners, a design studio of nine focuses on creating work across a broad spectrum, from branding (including “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and the US Green Building Council) to packaging and graphics (for David Byrne and Martha Stewart), architectural signage, environmental graphics and way-finding (including work at Times Square, Rockefeller Center, The Battery and Brooklyn Bridge Park), and editorial illustrations, constructions and motion graphics (for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Wired, American Express and Vanity Fair.)
Sponsored by SVA Visual Narrative
February 12, 2015
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.