Century: 100 Years of Type and Design

Century: 100 Years of Type and DesignAll you have to do is open your eyes, it’s everywhere. From magazines and books, mobile screens and laptops, billboards and buildings, to packaging and products, Type is all around. That includes a new exhibit celebrating typography and its role in design over the past century at theAIGA National Design Center in NYC- Century: 100 Years of Type and Design. Created by Abbott Miller of Pentagram and curated and produced by Monotype, its part of the events honoring AIGA’s centennial year.

The exhibit runs through July 31st. AIGA members and the public are invited to view the Century exhibition at a reception during NYC x Design on Wednesday, May 14 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. at the AIGA National Design Center. According to AIGA, “Gathering rare and unique works from premier archives in the United States and London, Century will serve as the hub of a series of presentations, workshops and events held at the AIGA gallery as well as the Type Directors Club and the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography at Cooper Union in New York City. The Century exhibition features a range of artifacts representing the evolution from typeface conception to fonts in use. Typeface production drawings by the preeminent designers of the last 100 years, proofs, type posters and announcement broadsides are supplemented by publications, advertising, ephemera and packaging.”

Pentagram shares some more details on their site, “The walls and ceilings have been dotted with hundreds of typographic periods drawn from the Monotype library, and a pair of dynamic animations further express the variations of different typefaces. The design sets the stage for the remarkable host of artifacts on display, including rare works from the archives of leading design organizations including Monotype, AIGA, Pentagram, Mohawk Paper, the Type Directors Club, Condé Nast, Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, the Type Archive, the Herb Lubalin Study Center at Cooper Union, Alan Kitching and the Museum of Printing.” Here’s a peek inside the exhibit.

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