The Typographics design festival, now in its 5th year, is a multi-part event series focused on contemporary typography and where its future may lie.


The 11-day festival is a forum for presentations about graphic design, lettering, web design, publication design, book design, type design, packaging, branding, corporate identity, advertising, and motion graphics. Importantly, Typographics focus on new frontiers in-app and responsive web design. The international line-up of speakers includes emerging and established designers. The group attracts many distinguished typographers and the program is designed as a dialogue among all the participants.

In the week before and the week after the main conference, Type@Cooper is offering workshops and tours that will educate and entertain conference participants and are open to the public as well.


The festival runs from June 10 through June 20th. The conference starts on Friday, June 14th at 9:45 am and concludes on Saturday, June 15th at 6:00 pm.



TDC members receive discounts on registration. Email for the discount code.


The festival will take place at The Cooper Union in the East Village, with the conference happening at The Great Hall in The Foundation Building of the same college.

The Cooper Union’s landmark Foundation Building is in one of the liveliest and hippest neighborhoods in Manhattan. The East Village attracts tens of thousands of tourists each year and is a destination in itself. What better place to hold this event? New York is one of the largest centers of graphic design with several hundred design studios. Conference participants will experience first-hand the energy and impact of typography in a thriving city that is a rich pool of talent and resources.

Since 1859, The Great Hall of The Cooper Union with 855 seats has been a stage for educational lectures, political movements, campaigns for social reform and the creative arts. Here, abolitionists like Frederick Douglass campaigned to end slavery and suffragists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton fought for women to have the right to vote. In 1860, Abraham Lincoln gave the speech that propelled him to the presidency. Working people organized labor unions and civic reformers, political movements, the Red Cross, and the NAACP all have roots here.

The Great Hall has offered a platform to Heads of State, Nobel laureates, and American presidents from Lincoln and Grant to Clinton and Obama. On June 15 and 16, 2018, Typographics designers will again take the stage and affect the trajectory of design in the 21st century.