Like many famous combinations – fish and chips, gin and tonic – type and design are inextricably linked but rarely do we explore that relationship in any depth. A new exhibition in New York does just that though, bringing together a host of rare works and unique artefacts to examine the centuries-old way in which these two entities have developed in partnership.
Its been curated by leading typeface foundry Monotype and put together with Pentagram partner Abbott Miller, who has raided the archives of Mohawk Paper, The Type Directors Club, Conde Nast and The Herb Lubalin Study Center as well as his own company and Monotype’s vast collections.
Abbott says: “We wanted to create an immersive environment that communicates the diversity of typographic form: the walls and ceilings are dotted with hundreds of typographic periods drawn from the Monotype library. The idea of multiplicity is reinforced in the graphic mark we created for the Century show, a letter ‘C’ rendered in segments of different Monotypefonts.”
As well as the historic type treasures on display, the legendary Alan Kitching has created five limited edition letterpress posters showcasing the work of five graphic design heroes: Tom Eckersley, Abram Games, F H K Henrion, Josef Müller-Brockmann and Paul Rand. An immersive and intelligent exploration of type in graphic design? The only downside is the whole not-being-in-New-York thing; so how about London next, eh chaps?
Century: 100 Years of Type In Design runs until 18 June at the AIGA National Design Center.
- The effortlessly lovely hand-drawn illustrations of Paula Bulling
- Kii Monroe Arens' delicious gig posters
- Alex Paulus’ textured are full of misshapen characters in odd situations
- Taiwanese graphic designer Wang Zhi-Hong’s sublime cover designs
- Carmel Buckley and Mark Harris disect the album covers of calypso singer Mighty Sparrow
- Robots, rules and corporate identity: inside issue three of Japanese football magazine Shukyu
- Wes Anderson directs H&M Christmas advert starring Adrien Brody
- The New Look: Looking back at Roundel’s 1980s identity design for British Rail’s Railfreight
- Discussing cinema with Laura Marling on her directorial debut, Soothing
- London’s first crisp restaurant, Hipchips, launches with branding by Ragged Edge
- Richard Sandler’s street photography conveys the intricacies of city life
- A "stress opus" from cartoonist Nadine Redlich