Type Thoughts

Milton Glaser

Milton Glaser has been an invited speaker on graphic design and its impact on culture at many conferences throughout the world. Milton Glaser (b.1929) is among the most celebrated graphic designers in the United States. He has had the distinction of one-man-shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Georges Pompidou Center. He was selected for the lifetime achievement award of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum (2004) and the Fulbright Association (2011), and in 2009 he was the first graphic designer to receive the National Medal of the Arts award. As a Fulbright scholar, Glaser studied with the painter, Giorgio Morandi in Bologna, and is an articulate spokesman for the ethical practice of design. He opened Milton Glaser, Inc. in 1974, and continues to produce a prolific amount of work in many fields of design to this day.


CHOBANI, IBM, SEPHORA have all one thing in common: a newly installed creative leadership commissioned a custom typeface to support their new brand identity redesign. Mike Abbink (Executive Creative Director at IBM), Tyler Smart (Senior Creative Director at SEPHORA, LVMH) and Leland Maschmeyer (Chief Creative Officer at Chobani), will present the fonts in action and then will be joined by the type designers Christian Schwartz (Commercial Type) and Matteo Bologna (Mucca Design) for a panel discussion about the importance of custom typography in branding.


Raw Typography: 
Rebel or Rebel

Steven Heller

Steven Heller has been an invited speaker on graphic design and its impact on culture at many conferences throughout the world. Steven Heller was art director the the NY Times OpEd Page and Book Review Sections. He is currently co-chair of the MFA Design / Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program and author of The Daily Heller for Print Magazine. He has authored, edited or coedited 180 books on graphic design and typography and his recipient of the AIGA Medal, The National Design Award and two honorary doctoral degrees.


Hot Type:
Dressing Up Adult Publishing

Dan Rhatigan

Dan Rhatigan has been an invited speaker on graphic design and its impact on culture at many conferences throughout the world. He works with Adobe Typekit in New York as the Senior Manager of Adobe Type, and also publishes the queer zine Pink Mince. Dan has over 25 years of eclectic experience in various industries as a typesetter, graphic designer, typeface designer, and teacher, including several years in London and New York serving as Type Director for Monotype. He has a BFA in graphic design from Boston University, an MA in typeface design from the University of Reading in the UK, and a very tattered passport.


Looking At Music

Brian Roettinger

Brian Roettinger has been an invited speaker on graphic design and its impact on culture at many conferences throughout the world. The work of graphic designer/artist Brian Roettinger is an uncanny union of punk ideology with a conceptually driven mode of modernist design. He frequently employs architectural strategies such as repetition and structure (think die-cuts and folds), while subverting this sense of order by manipulating the production process in unexpected or “wrong” ways (think pulling the sheet out of the printer before it is done).

Hailing from Los Angeles, Roettinger launched his own record label in 1998 called Hand Held Heart and began to release albums by bands such as the Beach House, No Age, and the Chromatics, featuring artwork that he designed and produced himself. The moniker Hand Held Heart came to encompass all of his creative output—curating, publishing, editing, artwork—including stints as the in-house designer for the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), art director for LA-based fashion magazine JUNK, a variety of projects for clients such as Saint Laurent to MIT Press, and most obviously, his ongoing work in the music industry.

He has worked for a wide variety of clients in the music business, from Jay-Z, Kesha, Lady Gaga, Duran Duran, and Marilyn Manson to name a few. He has received three Grammy nominations for album packaging, Florence + The Machine's, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (2016), Jay- Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail (2014) and No Age’s Nouns (2009). Roettinger has also created album artwork and campaigns for Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk, Childish Gambino’s Because the Internet, and "Awaken My Love", and most recently Kesha’s Rainbow, and Jay-Z’s 4:44.


Type in Couture

Elizabeth Carey Smith

Taking a colorful, beautiful romp through fashion history, this presentation looks at the typographic trends that have defined an industry. Perhaps no other category has so thoroughly examined how we define beauty, and the typographic details of fashion are no exception. Through research and interviews with top NYC fashion art directors, editorial design directors, and the Met Costume Institute, this talk examines the prolific nature of image making in the fashion industry. From Alexey Brodovitch’s work bringing constructivist principles to fashion typography to Moschino’s use of quotidian branding into clothing itself, we examine the gamut of letterforms in couture. A talk in three chapters, I’ll discuss and show editorial type, fashion branding, and letters on clothes. The presentation looks at the typographic precedents established in the most visual and self-aware industry we’ve ever known.


Woman (Designer)
On the Verge

Emily Oberman

This talk will be about how the current political climate has led us to join forces with  a few strong voices and help them come to life in both words and visuals. 


Design Matters Podcast Live

Debbie Millman and Matthew Carter

Debbie Millman and Matthew Carter have been invited speakers on graphic design and its impact on culture at many conferences throughout the world.

Named “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, Debbie Millman is also an author, educator, brand strategist and host of the podcast Design Matters. As the founder and host of Design Matters, the first and longest running podcast about design, she has interviewed over 250 design luminaries and commentators, including Massimo Vignelli, Milton Glaser, Malcolm Gladwell, Barbara Kruger, and more. In the 11 years since the show started it has garnered over a million downloads annually, a Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award and— recently—iTunes designated it one of the best podcasts of 2015.

Matthew Carter (b.1937, son of typographer and type historian Harry Carter) is one of the most influential type designers working today. He trained as a punchcutter at Enschedé in 1956. In 1963 he was hired by Crosfield, a firm that pioneered the new technology of photo-typesetting. He worked for Mergenthaler Linotype (1965-1981), and co-founded Bitstream Inc. with Mike Parker in 1981, adapting many typefaces to digital technology. In 1992, he founded Carter&Cone with Cherie Cone, and often collaborated with Font Bureau. In 1995, he won the Gold Prize at the annual Tokyo ype Directors Club competition for Sophia. In 1997, he received the TDC Medal for significant contributions to the life, art, and craft of typography.

Among his most well-known typefaces are Miller, Big Caslon, ITC Galliard, Mantinia, Bell Centennial, Verdana, and Georgia. In 2010, he received a MacArthur grant. He currentl lives in Cambridge, MA.