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April at the Type Directors Club


Type Salon with Scott Stowell

SCOTT STOWELL

Thursday | April 15th | 6pm to 8pm

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Email the TDC at director@tdc.org or call 1-212-633-8943 to reserve your spot today!

TDC members: free
Non-members: $20
Students: $15

This salon will be held at the Type Directors Club at 347 W. 36th St, #603, NYC


TDC Urban Lettering Tour: Greenwich Village and Soho

PAUL SHAW

Sunday | April 25th | 10am to 1pm

The 10th TDC Urban Lettering Tour will return to Manhattan. We will focus on Greenwich Village and Soho, two neighborhoods that have gone from hip to forgotten as they have become overrun with tourists. Even though they have lost their cachet to New Yorkers their rich architectural and cultural history means that they are still full of intriguing, strange and beautiful examples of urban lettering. This is a chance to rediscover two of the city’s loveliest neighborhoods and to see what the throngs of sightseers are missing. In order to avoid as much of the tourist crowds as possible we will be starting earlier than usual.

Sunday, April 25 from 10 am to 1 pm. The itinerary and meeting point will be announced several days before the tour to participants.

Email the TDC at director@tdc.org or call 1-212-633-8943 to reserve your spot today!

TDC members: $35
Non-members: $45


Walking Tour of Midtown East of Fifth Avenue with Paul Shaw

PAUL SHAW

Tuesday | May 11th | 11am to 2pm

Midtown Manhattan is a tourist destination for good reason. It is full of some of the best buildings—and hence best lettering—in the city since it is the heart of 20th c. New York. It is not only the home of Art Deco and Gothic Revivalist skyscrapers but it also contains major churches, hotels and schools that are worthy of the letter-hunter. This is an opportunity to see what you have overlooked during your day-to-day business trips to the area. And to see what the tourists are missing.

Meet in front of Grand Central Terminal across from Pershing Square (42nd Street at Park Avenue). Bring cameras, notebooks, a sandwich, etc. and wear walking shoes.

About the speaker:

Paul Shaw is widely known and respected as a guide to urban lettering. With Garrett Boge he co-founded and led the original Legacy of Letters tours of Rome, Florence and Tuscany from 1997 to 2000. On his own he has conducted regular walking tours of lettering in New York City since 2005 for the Type Directors Club and other organizations. He has also led similar tours of Boston, Buffalo and Atlanta for SoTA (the Society of Typographic Aficionados). Paul has been a calligrapher for over 40 years and has designed 18 typefaces. He is the principal of Paul Shaw / Letter Design and teaches calligraphy at Parsons School of Design and the history of typography at the School of Visual Arts.

Email the TDC at director@tdc.org or call 1-212-633-8943 to reserve your spot today!

TDC members: $35
Non-members: $45


Swiss Miss + Silent Auction “Beautifully Banal”

TINA ROTH EISENBERG

Tuesday | May 11th | 6pm to 8pm

We will hear from contemporary designer and fresh-as-a-minute blogger Tina Roth Eisenberg, the force behind swiss-miss.com, a design journal of infectious enthusiasm and inspiring finds. Roth Eisenberg, who refers to herself as a “Swiss designer gone NYC”, started swissmiss in May of 2005 as a personal visual archive. Little did she know she would only 5 years after be stimulating the imagination of an average of 900,000 monthly visitors from all around the world. Based in Brooklyn, swissmiss broadcasts with an European viewpoint and a love for clean, Swiss functional design. Roth Eisenberg will share insights into the work she’s done in New York City and how her blog became a vibrant part of her business model and design studio.

About the speaker:

Tina Roth Eisenberg grew up in mountainous Switzerland, influenced by renowned Swiss design and a lot of fresh air. Tina is often referred to as swissmiss, her popular design blog and design studio. Swissmiss broadcasts with an European viewpoint and a love for clear, Swiss functional design. She has worked at several prominent NYC design firms, including Thinkmap, Inc., where she helped design the award-winning Visual Thesaurus. Tina is the founder and creative director of swissmiss studio, located in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Tina Roth Eisenberg, SwissMiss Studio

Email the TDC at director@tdc.org or call 1-212-633-8943 to reserve your spot today!

TDC members: free
Non-members: $20
Students: $15

This salon will be held at the Type Directors Club at 347 W. 36th St, #603, NYC


Walking Tour of Flatiron District and Union Square with Paul Shaw

PAUL SHAW

Wednesday | May 12th | 11am to 2pm

Since the 1980s this has been the creative heart of New York City. But instead of looking at design firms and advertising agencies this is an opportunity to walk the streets and see the lettering that helps give these two neighborhoods so much of their charm. Instead of Art Deco we will see a wider range of letterforms dating from the late 19th c. to the 1970s. Even a cemetery.

Meet at the Flatiron Building (intersection of Fifth Avenue, Broadway and 23rd Street). Bring cameras, notebooks, a sandwich, etc. and wear walking shoes.

About the speaker:

Paul Shaw is widely known and respected as a guide to urban lettering. With Garrett Boge he co-founded and led the original Legacy of Letters tours of Rome, Florence and Tuscany from 1997 to 2000. On his own he has conducted regular walking tours of lettering in New York City since 2005 for the Type Directors Club and other organizations. He has also led similar tours of Boston, Buffalo and Atlanta for SoTA (the Society of Typographic Aficionados). Paul has been a calligrapher for over 40 years and has designed 18 typefaces. He is the principal of Paul Shaw / Letter Design and teaches calligraphy at Parsons School of Design and the history of typography at the School of Visual Arts.

Email the TDC at director@tdc.org or call 1-212-633-8943 to reserve your spot today!

TDC members: $35
Non-members: $45


Etched in Flesh: Garamond, Helvetica, Univers, Caslon and more

INA SALTZ

Wednesday | May 12th | 6pm to 8pm

So you say you REALLY love type? Meet some typographic aficionados who have declared their typographic devotion indelibly: with typographic tattoos.

Typographic tattoo expert Ina Saltz will share images and the fascinating stories behind the tattoos from her new book, “Body Type 2: More Typographic Tattoos” (the sequel to “Body Type: Intimate Messages Etched in Flesh”). And she has invited some typographically tattooed guests to show their typographic commitment “in the flesh;” many are art directors, creatives, type designers, et al. The power of type and the beauty of words on skin will surprise and (possibly) shock you. Do the font selection and the chosen text send the same message? You be the judge.

“My life is type,” says Ina Saltz, Associate Professor and Director of CCNY’s Electronic Design and Multimedia program. That’s not surprising, given that she has been an art director for some of America’s best-known magazines, including “Time” and “Golf.” Of late, her fascination with type has expanded beyond type on paper or the computer screen to type on skin.

Her 2006 book, “Body Type: Intimate Messages Etched in Flesh,” (Abrams) became a cult hit in typography and design circles. Last month, a sequel, “Body Type: More Typographic Tattoos,” (Abrams) came off the press.

Both volumes are intellectual books about tattoos, she says. Some of the nearly 300 persons she photographed for the second volume have tattoos with quotations from Shakespeare, Dante, e.e. cummings and James Joyce among others. Almost all of her subjects are college graduates. Quite a few have advanced degrees.

In her new book, Professor Saltz describes how she first became intrigued with typographic tattoos. She explains that she spotted a young man on a cross-town bus with a tattoo of the word “happy” in Helvetica, a popular typeface, and asked his permission to take a photo. Shortly after, she attended a tattoo convention where she discovered how prevalent a trend it had become.

“It’s a phenomenon I tapped into,” she says. “What began as a simple act snowballed into a book, the first to exclusively document the phenomenon of typographic tattoos.” With her second “Body Type volume in print, she is working on a third. In 2009, she published a book for the trade, “Typography Essentials: 100 Design Principles for Working with Type” (Rockport Press).

Email the TDC at director@tdc.org or call 1-212-633-8943 to reserve your spot today!

TDC members: free
Non-members: $20
Students: $15

This salon will be held at the Type Directors Club at 347 W. 36th St, #603, NYC

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  1. Lindsay Thompson,

    I met Ina a year ago at an art opening, she told me about this project and asked me if I knew anyone who had typographic tattoos. Its really interesting to see this project popping up now on my school blog. The moral of this post is pay attention to who you meet, these creative types look the same as the rest of us.