World's Best Typography 2017

Wed, Jul 19, 2017 9am - Thu, Aug 10, 2017 6pm

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Experimental design for the Lorimoto Gallery by Brooklyn’s Brian LaRossa and Allie Rex

Experimental design for the Lorimoto Gallery by Brooklyn’s Brian LaRossa and Allie Rex

At its annual award ceremonies at Cooper Union, the Type Directors Club opened The World’s Best Typography: The Type Directors Club 63rd Annual Typography Exhibition, a gallery exhibition that combines the juried results of this year’s Annual Typeface Design Competition, TDC 2017, and the Annual Communications Design Competition, TDC63.

The exhibition is on display in the downstairs gallery at 41 Cooper Square through August 10. Admission is free, open Monday to Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday noon to 6:00 p.m.

The exhibition displays the best fifteen typefaces designed during 2016, which the judges selected from 230 entries from 41 countries. In all, ten countries are represented in the show, with multiple typefaces from Germany, the United States, and France.

Among the standout typefaces identified by the judges are Nordvest by Nina Stössinger, Lingering Fonts by Zhang Weimin, Salvaje by Cristian Vargas, and the Qandus typeface system, which incorporates three different writing systems, designed by an international three-person team. See examples of each of these and the judges’ comments on the work here.

The larger portion of the exhibition features award-winning work from the TDC63, the communications design competition, including posters, book covers, book design, exhibition design, identity campaigns, and motion titles that represent outstanding uses of type. The show includes over 200 selections from 29 countries, which were selected by an independent panel from nearly 1,800 entries. See the photos of the show here.

Located at 41 Cooper Square, on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets.

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