Because of its constantly evolving architecture and businesses, Midtown is full of a wide array of lettering examples. On the east side, between 42nd Street and 59th Street, we have an opportunity to see many examples of Art Deco, 1920s Gothic lettering, some 1950s scripts, a little bit of neon, and plenty of post-1970s commercial typography (including the work of Paula Scher).
Meet at the northeast corner of Vanderbilt Avenue and 42nd Street (entrance to Grand Central Terminal).
Paul Shaw is the tour guide.
PAUL SHAW, a design historian and lettering artist in New York City, teaches at Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts. He is the recipient of fellowships for his scholarship from the American Academy in Rome, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, and the American Printing History Association. His design work has won awards from AIGA, the Type Directors Club; and Print, Baseline and Letter Arts Review magazines. He is the author of Helvetica and the New York City Subway System and the co-author of Blackletter: Type and National Identity and writes about design history, typography, lettering and calligraphy in the blog Blue Pencil.
TDC Creative Week Type Walk: Midtown East
Wednesday, May 9
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.