Typography Summer School is a meeting place for graduates of graphic design, wanting to bridge the gap between student and professional and learn more about typography. The school brings together leading practitioners and participants to study, exchange ideas, and investigate the discipline.
As well as running a range of projects within typography with real clients and budgets, the school acts as a think tank encouraging research and dialogue. This environment provides a forum in which to discuss what typography is, its relevance in design history and the part it plays in todays society. The school investigates the role of typographic design across ranging mediums, from books to film credits and posters to websites.
Typography Summer School was founded by Fraser Muggeridge and is independent from any college or educational organization. Typography Summer School New York was initiated in 2013 by Other Means. This website is designed by Other Means.
Live projects with actual briefs, clients and budgets. With these constraints participants gain experience in how to work in a professional situation.
- Daily talks from each visiting practitioner.
- Seminars, tutorials and informal discussions.
- An evening of film screenings.
- Advice on different career paths within typography.
Fraser Muggeridge and Other Means are joined by a visiting practitioner each day, from specialized areas of typographic design practice and educators at distinguished design schools. The 2014 tutors in New York are Julian Bittiner, Neil Donnelly, Bob Gill, Francesca Grassi, Hilary Greenbaum, Geoff Han, Other Means, Fraser Muggeridge, & David Senior. Bringing together a range of varied tutors will offer each participant a unique experience to learn from and apply to their future work.
Julian Bittiner is an independent designer based in New York, originally from Geneva, Switzerland. Committed to a loosely defined studio practice and an idiosyncratic, self-reflective outlook, his work is characterized by a search for meaningful new forms and ideas rooted in a specific time and place. An interest in the fostering of close relations with clients and collaborators has led to serial projects across media, typically in the cultural sector. Having originally studied fine art at Art Center in Los Angeles, he later received an MFA in graphic design from the Yale School of Art, and has been teaching there since 2008. His work and writing have been published internationally.
Neil Donnelly is a graphic designer who often works with clients in architecture and art, including the Guggenheim, Yale University, Domus, Columbia University, The New York Times, Princeton Architectural Press, Hatje Cantz, Storefront for Art and Architecture, and the Center for Urban Pedagogy. His work was included in the 2012 Brno Biennial of Graphic Design and his installations have been featured at the Gwangju Design Biennale, the New Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. He has taught courses and led workshops at Yale, Parsons, Maryland Institute College of Art, School of Visual Arts, Rutgers, and the University of Illinois, and he holds an MFA in graphic design from Yale. He lives and works in Brooklyn.
After freelancing as a designer/illustrator and teacher in New York, Bob Gill emigrated to London on a whim and stayed 15 years. There, he founded Fletcher/Forbes/Gill, later renamed Pentagram. He returned to New York to write and design Beatlemania, a multi-media and live history of the sixties which ran for three years on Broadway. His graphics have been exhibited in major museums all over the world and his lectures are legendary. He has written ten books on design and illustration as well as a number for children. He earned Lifetime Achievement awards from The New York Art Directors’ Club and The Designers & Art Directors’ Association of London. His latest book, published in 2012 is Bob Gill, so far.
Francesca Grassi is a New York based creative director, graphic designer, and regular visiting critic and jury member for the MFA program at the Yale School of Art. After graduating in 2007 with an MFA in graphic design from the Werkplaats Typografie, she started a design studio concentrating on working primarily in the cultural field; collaborating with artists, institutions and publishers. From 2009–2012, as Senior Designer for the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, she was Creative Director of the overall institutional identity, advertising campaigns, as well designing exhibitions including both the 2010 and 2012 Whitney Biennials. Her work with the Whitney Museum continues to this day, as a consultant on the spatial implementation of the Museum’s new identity in the New Building, a Renzo Piano architecture, due to open to the public in 2015. In 2012, in collaboration with graphic designer Geoff Han, they rebranded and redesigned the identity, which they continue to implement and maintain, for the non-for profit organization NADA, the New Art Dealers Alliance. Her most recent work also includes designing a new graphic identity for The Artist’s Institute, a project by Hunter College, NY.
Hilary Greenbaum is the Director of Graphic Design for the Whitney Museum of American Art. She manages the development of the museum’s identity across multiple platforms including advertising, exhibition graphics, signage, digital media, and various printed materials. She studied graphic design at the California Institute of the Arts (MFA 2006) and Carnegie Mellon University (BFA 2001), and has previously worked as a staff designer and design columnist for The New York Times Magazine. Hilary also currently serves on the board of directors for AIGA/NY.
Geoff Han is an independent graphic designer and educator working in the art, architecture and cultural fields. Since receiving an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University in 2006, he has worked collaboratively with clients including: Another Man Magazine, Columbia University GSAPP, common room, Creative Time, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, Goethe Institut New York, NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance), Christian Jankowski, PIN-UP Magazine, SANAA, and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Parsons The New School and has run workshops or been a critic at Columbia University, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Werkplaats Typographie and Yale University. In 2008, he was awarded Most Beautiful Book in the World.
Other Means is a graphic design studio in New York City founded in 2012 by Gary Fogelson, Phil Lubliner, Ryan Waller and Vance Wellenstein. Recent clients include ICA Philadelphia, Retrospective Gallery, Ludlow 38, Museum of Arts and Design, and The New York Times. In addition to their client work they teach in the graduate and undergraduate communication design departments at Pratt Institute; have been lecturers and visiting critics at California Institute of Arts, Parsons, Rhode Island School of Design, SVA and Yale School of Art; and co-run Primetime, a non-commercial project space in Brooklyn's Donut District (DoDi).
Fraser Muggeridge studio is a graphic design company based in Clerkenwell, London. Throughout a wide range of formats, from artists’ books and exhibition catalogs to posters, maps and postcard invites, the studio prioritizes artists’ and writers’ content over the imposition of a signature style. By allowing images and texts to sustain their own intent and impact, each project is approached with an elegantly pared-down aesthetic, with color, typography, paper stock and format playing a key role in arriving at a sympathetic yet subtly alluring object. Fraser teaches on the MA Book Design course at Reading University and on the BA Graphic Design course at Camberwell College of Arts, London.
David Senior is the Bibliographer at The Museum of Modern Art Library, where he manages collection development, including the library’s artists’ books collection. He also curates exhibitions of MoMA Library materials — most recently ‘Please Come to the Show’ (2013), ‘Millennium Magazines’ (2012), ‘Access to Tools: Publications from the Whole Earth Catalog, 1968–74’ (2011) and ‘Scenes from Zagreb: Artists’ Publications of the New Art Practice’ (2011) – and the annual program of events for the New York and Los Angeles Art Book Fairs. His writing has appeared in Frieze, Bulletins of the Serving Library, A Prior, Art Papers and C Magazine, and since 2008 he has published an artist’s book series through the New York Art Book Fair, with titles by Dexter Sinister, David Horvitz, Emily Roysdon and Eve Fowler, among others. He is a member of the advisory boards of Printed Matter, Art Metropole, Primary Information, Yale Union, and the Serving Library.
The school will be held in a public gallery in the Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan. The professionally-equipped space functions as a working studio environment within an art gallery space.
79 Walker Street
New York, NY 10013
$750 per participant, to be paid in full via electronic transfer upon receipt of acceptance and in advance of the course. Basic studio materials and lunch will be provided. Accommodation is not provided.
It is assumed that each applicant possess at minimum a bachelors degree level of eduction in graphic design, but all work will be assessed on its own merits.
Each participant should be familiar with the industry standard software packages (Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) and be able to bring a laptop to the school.
The number of participants is limited to 36.
Applications are open until May 15, 2014.
Please apply to Typography Summer School New York by sending a pdf portfolio and cv (or website reference) to: firstname.lastname@example.org@
Actual samples can be posted to:
Typography Summer School New York
325 Gold Street #204
Brooklyn, NY 11201
United States of America
Each application will be assessed by the tutors, with notification sent on May 31.
Typography Summer School
August 9–12, 2013
Daily visiting practitioners:
Mary Voorhees Meehan
Idil Atesli (TR)
Allison Ball (US)
Rob Chabebe (US)
Lea Charbonnier (DK)
Casey Courtney (US)
Ryan Diaz (US)
Philip DiBello (US)
Seth Hoekstra (US)
Daphne Hsu (US)
Christina Janus (US)
Allison Kerst (US)
Nina Krogh (DK)
Amelia Leuzzi (AU)
Jolin Masson (CA)
Robert Milne (AU)
Brian Okarski (US)
Charlotte Maeva Perret (FR)
Jamie Reid (UK)
Zhanar Serikpayeva (KZ)
Ariadna Serrahima (ES)
Mindy Seu (US)
Hayden Smith (US)
Yinan Eva Song (CN)
Jung Sulonem (KR)
Angelika Smuga (NZ)
Jessica Viscius (US)
Desmond Wong (CN)
Anna Zavialova (UK)
Read Amelia Leuzzi’s account.