WELCOME TO HMCT

The Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography (HMCT) at ArtCenter College of Design was founded in 2015 in memory of Professor Leah Hoffmitz Milken, a renowned typographer, letterform designer, and esteemed faculty member at ArtCenter.

HMCT is dedicated to every aspect of the typographic field. Created to serve as a home, and catalyst, for the enhanced study of typography and letterform design, the Center serves as an educational forum, design laboratory, research center, and archive. As a meeting place for learning, discussion, and the exchange of ideas and skills, the HMCT presents workshops, special classes, symposia, lectures, exhibitions, and residency programs.

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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.

Facilities

Located in the 950 building of the South Campus of ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, CA, the HMCT offers an expansive studio for classes, workshops, lectures, and visiting typographers-in-residence.
The Archives of the HMCT houses a comprehensive digital font compilation; in addition, the Archives are continually adding to and updating the HMCT’s extensive assortment of important typographic books, printed matter, and unique selection of personal and professional work by notable letterform designers, educators, and typographers.

The HMCT is situated next to Archetype Press, which it oversees and maintains. The Press, a “working museum” boasting over 2,500 cases of foundry metal and wood types, allows students to learn hands-on the art and skill of creating with letterpress type.

HMCT houses three exhibition spaces: the South Campus Gallery, the HMCT Storefront, and the Archival Showcases. These exhibition spaces feature artwork from the HMCT Archives, ArtCenter students, faculty, and visiting designers. The changing exhibitions display notable work in typography, letterform design, and visual communication.

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 ArtCenter. 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 ArtCenter 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.

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