Century: 100 Years of Type in Design opens May 1
Interest in type, typefaces, typography and fonts has grown far beyond the graphic design community, yet few truly understand how and why these vital components of design are created and applied. This exhibition, organized by Monotype and designed by Pentagram for the AIGA National Design Center, celebrates 100 years of type as a constant influence in the world around us.
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.
Exhibiting and event partners for the exhibition include Monotype, AIGA, Pentagram, Mohawk Paper, The Type Directors Club, Condé Nast, Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, The Type Archive, The Herb Lubalin Study Center at Cooper Union, Alan Kitching and The Museum of Printing.
Exhibition design: Abbott Miller, Pentagram
See the exhibition
The exhibition is on view from May 1 at the AIGA National Design Center in New York City. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Monday through Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
*Reserve your private tour taking place Thursdays from 1:00–6:00 p.m.
Join us in celebrating the last 100 years of type in design by tagging #Century
From the early days of typesetting by hand, through to the evolution of web typography, Monotype has a long and constantly evolving typographic history.
Whether it’s meticulously formed type from the 1800s, or hand-hinted typefaces for new digital environments, we have always celebrated and supported the craftsmanship that underpins type design.
Our libraries feature iconic typefaces including Helvetica®, Frutiger®, and Univers® families as well as contemporary releases from the Monotype Studio. Monotype has designed custom typefaces for brands including Vogue, Sony, Centrefold, and The Times. Both our history and continuing endeavors rely on collaboration in the design industry.