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Teaching Type: A Panel Conversation on Typography Education

April 1, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Design Incubation and the Type Directors Club bring together a panel of educators to discuss innovations, challenges and best practices for teaching typography to be held at the TDC, Saturday, April 1, 2017, 2pm–5pm. This event is free, but you must register.

As a mainstay of design, typography is a cornerstone of most degree programs in visual communication design. Still, questions abound. How and where typography is taught is as varied as its use in design applications.

We invite you to join fellow educators in a conversation which will focus on how, where and when we teach typography. Our panelists will explore the role of typography in the continuum of design education and identify areas where traditional programs experience shortcomings and challenges. What fundamental skills should be taught and whether the way we are teaching typography needs to change in a screen-based world. We will ask the audience to participate in identifying specific skill sets and methodologies which should be part of type-centric design curricula in the 21st Century.

The conversation will be moderated by
Doug Clouse
(President of TDC and Partner at The Graphics Office)

Liz DeLuna
(Associate Professor of Design at St. John’s University).

Juliette Cezzar
(Designer, Writer, and Assistant Professor of Communication Design at
the New School Parsons School of Design)
Juliette Cezzar is currently on sabbatical, researching pathways in the relationship between design and the transmission of cultural ideas. She is a designer, writer, and Assistant Professor of Communication Design at the New School Parsons School of Design, where she was the Director of the BFA Communication Design and BFA Design & Technology programs from 2011–2014. She served as President of the board of directors of AIGA/NY from 2014–2016. She is co-author of the book Designing the Editorial Experience: A Primer for Print, Web, and Mobile, published in 2014 by Rockport Publishers.

John Gambell
(Senior Critic at Yale School of Art, Yale University Printer)
John received a B.A. in English from Middlebury College in 1971. From 1977 to 1979 he studied printmaking and graphic design at Wesleyan University and worked on a range of photographic printing projects under the direction of Richard Benson in Newport, Rhode Island. After receiving his M.F.A. from Yale University in 1981, he served as graphic designer at the Yale University Printing Service. In 1987 he established a design studio in New Haven that produced a range of print publications and museum exhibition catalogs, as well as signage and packaging. He has been teaching graphic design since 1983 and was appointed senior critic in 1998. Mr. Gambell is the Yale University Printer.

Thomas Jockin
(Founder of TypeThursday, and Adjunct Professor at Queens College CUNY and Fashion Institute of Technology)
Thomas first became interested in type design when he met Joshua Darden, the chief designer and founder of the Brooklyn-based foundry Darden Studio. He spent three years as Joshua’s apprentice before moving on to study at the inaugural Type@Cooper program under Jesse Regan. He started his own foundry in 2011 with the release of his debut typeface, Garçon Grotesque. Since then, he has released two more type families: Ductus, a five-weight face whose style is both ancient and contemporary; and more recently, Azote, a multiline type family inspired by the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

Amy Papaelias
(Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the State University of New York
at New Paltz)
Amy teaches courses in web and interaction design, as well as 2D design and visual communication at SUNY New Paltz. She received an MFA in Intermedia Design from SUNY New Paltz and a Bachelor of Art in English Cultural Studies from McGill University. Her creative work investigates the performative possibilities of expressive typography in screen and digital environments and explores themes related to font intelligence, relationships between vocal and visual representations of speech, and the emotive potential of kinetic texts. This work has been recognized in the pages of Print and Communications Arts, and online at the Graphic Artists Guild, UnBeige, Typographica, I Love Typography, Typedia, and Design Observer, and others. She is a member the Type Directors Club and a founding member of


April 1, 2017
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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