Mission Statement

The mission of the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography is to set the global standard of excellence in typography and design education; provide a valuable service to the educational and professional communities as well as the public, reinforcing the meaning and value of typography;

elevate and advance the teaching and understanding of both letterform design and typographic practice; and honor the past while also anticipating the future of typography in print, digital, and emerging media.

The mission of the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography is to set the global standard of excellence in typography and design education; provide a valuable service to the educational and professional communities as well as the public, reinforcing the meaning and value of typography; elevate and advance the teaching and understanding of both letterform design and typographic practice; and honor the past while also anticipating the future of typography in print, digital, and emerging media.

Facilities

Located in the 950 building of the south campus of Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, CA, the HMCT will house an expansive studio for classes, workshops, and visiting typographers-in-residence, a comprehensive digital font collection, and an extensive archive of important typographic books and printed matter including items from the

HMCT is situated next to, and aligned with, the programs of Archetype Press, which boasts over 2,500 drawers of foundry metal and wood types. In addition, the center oversees the South Campus Gallery, offering several typographically focused exhibitions annually.

Located in the 950 building of the south campus of Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, CA, the HMCT will house an expansive studio for classes, workshops, and visiting typographers-in-residence, a comprehensive digital font collection, and an extensive archive of important typographic books and printed matter including items from the HMCT is situated next to, and aligned with, the programs of Archetype Press, which boasts over 2,500 drawers of foundry metal and wood types. In addition, the center oversees the South Campus Gallery, offering several typographically focused exhibitions annually.

About Leah Hoffmitz Milken

Professor Leah Hoffmitz Milken was a multi-award-winning graphic designer renowned for her letterform expertise. As a consultant to the top design firms in America, she contributed to, and helped evolve, some of the most recognizable logotypes and identities seen today. Throughout her career, she specialized in the creation of unique logotypes and typefaces for multiple industries and media. Corporate brands benefiting from her expert typographic eye include FedEx, Nokia, United Airlines and Disney.

As an educator for three decades, Leah left her mark on students through her skilled tutelage in typography and visual problem solving, inspiring future generations of “thinking designers.” Since joining the faculty in 1992, Leah influenced a generation of graduates, many of whom have become internationally recognized experts in graphic design and typography. Notable former students include Mike Abbink, senior creative director at IBM Watson, and designer of the typefaces Kievit and Brando, and Josh Finklea, designer of the typeface Post Grotesque.

Leah’s profound dedication to teaching and her desire to give back to her students were recognized in 2008 when she was presented with an Honorary Alumna designation from Art Center. She was also active in the College’s Legacy Circle, an alumni-led volunteer group raising support for student scholarships. In 2013, Leah was awarded the Art Center College of Design Distinguished Achievement Award for her commitment to design, typography and education. She is an honors graduate of Ontario College of Art in Toronto and pursued her graduate studies at the prestigious Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland. Awards and citations from organizations of note include the American Institute of Graphic Arts [AIGA], Graphis, Type Directors Club, Association Typographique Internationale [ATypI] and The Library of Congress.

Professor Leah Hoffmitz Milken was a multi-award-winning graphic designer renowned for her letterform expertise. As a consultant to the top design firms in America, she contributed to, and helped evolve, some of the most recognizable logotypes and identities seen today. Throughout her career, she specialized in the creation of unique logotypes and typefaces for multiple industries and media. Corporate brands benefiting from her expert typographic eye include FedEx, Nokia, United Airlines and Disney.

As an educator for three decades, Leah left her mark on students through her skilled tutelage in typography and visual problem solving, inspiring future generations of “thinking designers.” Since joining the faculty in 1992, Leah influenced a generation of graduates, many of whom have become internationally recognized experts in graphic design and typography. Notable former students include Mike Abbink, senior creative director at IBM Watson, and designer of the typefaces Kievit and Brando, and Josh Finklea, designer of the typeface Post Grotesque.

Leah’s profound dedication to teaching and her desire to give back to her students were recognized in 2008 when she was presented with an Honorary Alumna designation from Art Center. She was also active in the College’s Legacy Circle, an alumni-led volunteer group raising support for student scholarships. In 2013, Leah was awarded the Art Center College of Design Distinguished Achievement Award for her commitment to design, typography and education. She is an honors graduate of Ontario College of Art in Toronto and pursued her graduate studies at the prestigious Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland. Awards and citations from organizations of note include the American Institute of Graphic Arts [AIGA], Graphis, Type Directors Club, Association Typographique Internationale [ATypI] and The Library of Congress.

Directors
Gloria Kondrup
Professor
Executive Director, HMCT

Gloria Kondrup spans both fields of art and design. As a design consultant to national and international firms, she has contributed to, and helped evolve, extensive branding, identity, and packaging systems. Corporate brands benefiting from her expertise include Aon, Avon, and Goodwill Industries. As the owner of a letterpress and fine stationery company, she developed over 100 retail and custom stationery and gift items sold on-line, through direct mail, and in national retail chains. As a full-time professor at Art Center College of Design, Gloria Kondrup has been a dedicated design educator for over two decades teaching typography and visual problem-solving. As the Director of Archetype Press,

Art Center’s unique and vibrant letterpress studio, she redefines the value of typography and analog technology in the digital landscape. She was recently appointed Executive Director of the new Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography.

Her fine art printworks and fine art press books are in private and public collections including AIGA, The Getty, and the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry. Because of her interest in social, cultural, and environmental issues she received the AIGA Greening of Design award.

Gloria Kondrup received her bachelors degree in Fine Art and her masters degree in Design.

Gloria Kondrup spans both fields of art and design. As a design consultant to national and international firms, she has contributed to, and helped evolve, extensive branding, identity, and packaging systems. Corporate brands benefiting from her expertise include Aon, Avon, and Goodwill Industries. As the owner of a letterpress and fine stationery company, she developed over 100 retail and custom stationery and gift items sold on-line, through direct mail, and in national retail chains. As a full-time professor at Art Center College of Design, Gloria Kondrup has been a dedicated design educator for over two decades teaching typography and visual problem-solving. As the Director of Archetype Press, Art Center’s unique and vibrant letterpress studio, she redefines the value of typography and analog technology in the digital landscape. She was recently appointed Executive Director of the new Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography.

Her fine art printworks and fine art press books are in private and public collections including AIGA, The Getty, and the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry. Because of her interest in social, cultural, and environmental issues she received the AIGA Greening of Design award.

Gloria Kondrup received her bachelors degree in Fine Art and her masters degree in Design.

Simon Johnston
Professor, Graphic Design Department
Creative Director, HMCT

Born in England, Simon Johnston was educated at Bath Academy of Art and at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland, where he studied with Armin Hofmann and Wolfgang Weingart. In London in the 1980s he co-founded the design studio 8vo and was instigator and co-editor of the typography journal Octavo. Relocating to California, his current design practice, Simon Johnston Design, focuses on publications for galleries and museums. Clients include the Whitney Museum, Gagosian Gallery,

Getty Museum, Steidl Verlag, Blum and Poe Gallery and Yale University Press. He has lectured in the US, Asia and Europe, and his work has received many awards and been exhibited internationally. He is a professor and Director of Print in the Graphic Design Department at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, teaching typography and design. He divides his time between education, book design, and his own art/photography practice.

Born in England, Simon Johnston was educated at Bath Academy of Art and at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland, where he studied with Armin Hofmann and Wolfgang Weingart. In London in the 1980s he co-founded the design studio 8vo and was instigator and co-editor of the typography journal Octavo. Relocating to California, his current design practice, Simon Johnston Design, focuses on publications for galleries and museums. Clients include the Whitney Museum, Gagosian Gallery, Getty Museum, Steidl Verlag, Blum and Poe Gallery and Yale University Press. He has lectured in the US, Asia and Europe, and his work has received many awards and been exhibited internationally. He is a professor and Director of Print in the Graphic Design Department at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, teaching typography and design. He divides his time between education, book design, and his own art/photography practice.

Orly Olivier
Associate Director, HMCT

Orly Olivier is multi disciplinary artist with a background in photojournalism. After several years in the photographic field Orly realized that her passion was not in photography but in philanthropy and serving the underserved. Since retiring her press pass she has worked as the Visual Arts Director at Heart of Los Angeles and Managing Director at the Breed Street Shul Project in Boyle Heights.

Orly continues to use her photographic skills to make work under the artistic name Petit Takett. Named after her grandmothers bygone restaurant Takett’s in Tunisia. The project uses food,

entertaining and Orly’s personal family history as way of discussing religious and familial culture with a broader audience. She writes a blog and hosts large - scale dinner experiences at venues all over Los Angeles. The multi faceted art project and event series Petit Takett, Love, Legacy, and Recipes from the Maghreb was exhibited at Skirball Cultural Center.

Orly Olivier is a graduate of Art Center College of Design in Photography 05’.

Orly Olivier is multi disciplinary artist with a background in photojournalism. After several years in the photographic field Orly realized that her passion was not in photography but in philanthropy and serving the underserved. Since retiring her press pass she has worked as the Visual Arts Director at Heart of Los Angeles and Managing Director at the Breed Street Shul Project in Boyle Heights.

Orly continues to use her photographic skills to make work under the artistic name Petit Takett. Named after her grandmothers bygone restaurant Takett’s in Tunisia. The project uses food, entertaining and Orly’s personal family history as way of discussing religious and familial culture with a broader audience. She writes a blog and hosts large - scale dinner experiences at venues all over Los Angeles. The multi faceted art project and event series Petit Takett, Love, Legacy, and Recipes from the Maghreb was exhibited at Skirball Cultural Center.

Orly Olivier is a graduate of Art Center College of Design in Photography 05’.

ABOUT THE LOWELL MILKEN FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Lowell Milken Family Foundation focuses its efforts on groundbreaking and comprehensive initiatives that provide powerful opportunities for educators, students and people of all ages. The Lowell Milken Family Foundation is based on a core belief that human capital remains the world's most important asset, and education remains the best means for cultivating human capital by providing young people with the skills, knowledge and experiences to prepare them for rewarding and productive lives. Working with ArtCenter College of Design to establish the Hoffmitz Milken Center for

Typography has resulted in an enriching partnership through which to honor Professor Leah Hoffmitz Milken’s memory, as well as her extraordinary knowledge of and deep commitment to typography. The Lowell Milken Family Foundation is proud to support this mission through the work of the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography as it fosters excellence in an academic field that is central to design education, culture, and visual communication.

The Lowell Milken Family Foundation focuses its efforts on groundbreaking and comprehensive initiatives that provide powerful opportunities for educators, students and people of all ages. The Lowell Milken Family Foundation is based on a core belief that human capital remains the world's most important asset, and education remains the best means for cultivating human capital by providing young people with the skills, knowledge and experiences to prepare them for rewarding and productive lives. Working with ArtCenter College of Design to establish the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography has resulted in an enriching partnership through which to honor Professor Leah Hoffmitz Milken’s memory, as well as her extraordinary knowledge of and deep commitment to typography. The Lowell Milken Family Foundation is proud to support this mission through the work of the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography as it fosters excellence in an academic field that is central to design education, culture, and visual communication.