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  • TDC 2017 Medal Recipient Gerard Unger

    On July 18, 2017, legendary Dutch type designer and educator Dr. Gerard Unger was awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor by the Type Directors Club, recognizing over five decades of accomplishment creating some of the world’s most influential typefaces. In this video, which was shown that night, Dr. Unger speaks about his life’s work.

    Video created by Strange Attractors Design Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Typographer, Animator, Researcher: Ryan Pescatore Frisk. Executive producers: Catelijne van Middelkoop, Carol Wahler, Matteo Bologna, Dan Rhatigan. Special thanks to: Fred Smeijers, Erik van Blokland, Paul van der Laan, Martin Majoor, Tobias Frere Jones, Jonathan Hoefler, Just van Rossum, Gerry Leonidas, Peter Bilak, Underware, and Frank Blokland.

  • Type Over Time: Charles Nix

    TDC Special Event: March 10, 2017 – Charles Nix talk at “Type Over Time”

    Former TDC president Charles Nix tells fifty short stories about typography. This talk 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.

    This event was sponsored by School of Visual Arts, Monotype, Adobe Typekit, and House Industries.

  • Type Over Time: Paula Scher

    TDC Special Event: March 10, 2017 – Paula Scher talk at “Type Over Time”

    TDC Medalist Paula Scher talks about the trajectory of her design career, her association with The Public Theater, and the state of graphic design today. This talk 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.

  • Type Over Time: Ed Benguiat with Debbie Millman

    TDC Special Event: March 10, 2017 – Debbie Millman interviews Ed Benguiat at “Type Over Time”

    TDC Medalist Ed Benguiat tells “true stories” about his work and career to Debbie Millman, who interviews him for her “Design Matters” podcast series — 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.

  • Type Over Time: Allan Haley on Aaron Burns

    TDC Special Event: March 10, 2017 – Allan Haley talk on Aaron Burns at “Type Over Time”

    Former TDC president Allan Haley focuses the impact that Aaron Burns, one of his major influences, had upon type during times of technological change and recollects his impact on the Type Directors Club. This talk 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.

  • Type Over Time: Erik Spiekermann

    TDC Special Event: March 10, 2017 – Erik Spiekermann talk at “Type Over Time”

    TDC Medalist Erik Spiekermann recollects creating fonts Apple in the 1980s, his aesthetic likes and dislikes, and what it’s like to see his fonts everywhere in public spaces – highways, trains, and airports. This talk 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.

  • Type Over Time: Louise Fili

    TDC Special Event: March 10, 2017 – Louise Fili talk at “Type Over Time”

    TDC Medalist Louise Fili talks about her career, working with Herb Lubalin, her other influences, and her designs as 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.

  • 2016 TDC Medalist: Emigre

    Video tribute to the 2016 TDC Medal recipient, Emigre, a digital type foundry, publisher, and distributor of graphic design-centered information based in Berkeley, California.

    Credits: Creative Director — Graham Clifford; Editor — Danny Ameri (Very Nice Industries); Music — Mystery of the Plain by Honey Barbara

  • Adrian Frutiger: A Tribute by Matthew Carter

    TDC Tribute: April 26, 2016

    To commemorate the life and work of Adrian Frutiger, the Type Directors Club asked renowned type designer Matthew Carter to speak about his old friend at the Parsons School of Design. Carter gave a moving memorial, taking a close look at several of Frutiger’s well-known typefaces, including Univers and Frutiger, and telling entertaining stories from his professional and personal acquaintance with Frutiger. The large audience appreciated hearing about Frutiger from someone who knew him well.

  • David Berlow

    Font Bureau co-founder David Berlow, who received the Type Directors Club 2014 Medal of Excellence, discusses designing typefaces and experiencing multiple technology transitions in the type business.

  • Mike Parker

    2011 TDC Medal Winner Mike Parker discusses his early self-training at the Plantin-Moretus Museum and the building of the Linotype library.

  • Erik Spiekermann

    2011 TDC Medal Winner Erik Spiekermann talks about being a designer and starting Meta Design, FontFont and FSI.

  • Matthew Carter

    An interview with Matthew Carter, recipient of the 1997 TDC Medal, conducted by Paul Shaw.

  • Ed Benguiat

    1989 TDC Medal Winner Ed Benguiat tells tales of being a drummer, a cleavage retoucher and a type designer.

  • Sumner Stone

    Iconic type designer Sumner Stone talks about his early influences and how they informed his type design. He recounts his career in type design, from his early days in Reed College, Portland, Oregon, where he became interested in calligraphy. He then retraces his steps from working at Hallmark to witnessing the digital revolution, leading the Type Department Adobe where he hired Robert Slimbach and Carol Twombly into the the Adobe Originals program, and eventually running his own Stone Type Foundry.