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TDC Creative Week Type Walk: Midtown East from 42nd Street to 59th Street
Because of its constantly evolving architecture and businesses, Midtown is full of a wide array of lettering examples. On the east side, between 42nd Street and 59th Street, we have an opportunity to see many examples of Art Deco, 1920s Gothic lettering, some 1950s scripts, a little bit of neon, and plenty of post-1970s commercial typography (including the work of Paula Scher).
Meet at the northeast corner of Vanderbilt Avenue and 42nd Street (entrance to Grand Central Terminal).
Paul Shaw is widely known and respected as a guide to urban lettering. With Garrett Boge he co-founded and led the original Legacy of Letters tours of Rome, Florence and Tuscany from 1997 to 2000 and since 2010 he has been co-leading the revived tours of northern Italy with Alta Price.
On his own he has conducted regular walking tours of lettering in New York City since 2005 for the Type Directors Club and other organizations. He has also led similar tours of Boston, Buffalo and Atlanta for SoTA (the Society of Typographic Aficionados).
Paul is the author of Helvetica and the New York City Subway System which has been republished by The MIT Press this year. He has been a calligrapher for over 40 years and has designed 18 typefaces. He is the principal of Paul Shaw / Letter Design and teaches calligraphy at Parsons School of Design and the history of typography at the School of Visual Arts.