Hope. Inspiration. Typography.

For nearly 20 years we have organized hundreds of salons at our Type Directors Club space in our beloved New York City. We may have met and spoken with you there. You may have seen the work we selected, organized, and exhibited, based on our annual competition over the past 60 years, as it has travelled to over 20 countries. More recently, we may have seen each other at our annual conference, Type Drives Culture.

Unfortunately, our work at our space has been halted temporarily by this global pandemic. New York has been hit hard, but this has not stopped us at the TDC. We are excited to announce that starting this Thursday, May 7th, we will begin to bring our members and friends together again for a series of virtual salons.

We have invited designers, curators, writers, and friends of the TDC to show you their work, where they work, and why they do what they do so expertly and exceptionally well. In doing so, the TDC wants to bring together people who love typography and to inspire them to research, experiment, write, create and share:

  • Leading off our TDC Virtual Salon series on May 7 will be Erik Spiekermann, a long-time TDC member, a TDC Medalist, former board member, and more importantly, a friend for over 32 years. Erik will give a tour of p98a, his gallery and experimental letterpress workshop in Berlin.
  • Next on May 12, we will travel back in space and time to New York City, and the New York Public Library where curators, Elizabeth Denlinger and Charles Cuykendall Carter will show us some of the NYPL’s Pforzheimer Collection’s rich compilation of 18th and 19th century books and ephemera.
  • Our following salon on May 14 will take us on a virtual trip uptown to the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum where Design curator Ellen Lupton will show us works from her recent Herbert Bayer exhibition and describe his journey from the Bauhaus to Madison Avenue.
  • Then on May 21, we will speak with Armin Vit of Brand New who will share his screen and take us through his logo design exploration process in Adobe Illustrator in real time.
  • We’re happy to have the writer and journalist, Anne Quito speaking to us on May 28th. Anne will talk about her process of writing and editing, Mag Men: Fifty Years of Making Magazines, a book about the glory days of magazine design as told by graphic design legends Milton Glaser and Walter Bernard. Joining Anna for this salon will be Walter Bernard himself.

We hope that you are excited as we take our members and friends online on this new journey.

And until we can all meet and see each other again, face to face, eye to eye, we want to thank you for supporting the TDC.

Carol Wahler
Carrie Hamilton
Paul Carlos