Winter DETI 2021: Videos Now Available
HMCT presented our second Design Educators Typography Intensive [DETI], a global virtual learning environment, January 22 and 23, 2021. With a focus on Branding and Typography, attendees were exposed to new approaches and pedagogies to take back to their own classrooms, and participated in active discussion groups via virtual chat rooms by asking questions and sharing insights. Renowned designers and educators generously shared their expertise during the four webinar instruction modules with university-level instructors, fellow designers, and students. Our keynote presenters for this Intensive were: Louise Fili, Mike Abbink, Dave Crossland, and Vanessa Eckstein. Instructors included Simon Johnston, Ty
Public Foundry Catalog Now Available
Available now Public Foundry: the catalog based on the work of HMCT 2020 Typographers-in-Residence: Joshua Trees,  Yvan Martinez, and Krister Olsson. To purchase a copy, contact Draw Down Books. In 2019, Google’s Artists and Machine Intelligence program granted the three a Focused Research Award to build Public Foundry, the first type foundry powered by the public using artificial intelligence. Although the digital revolution is commonly thought to have democratized the field of typography by making computer fonts publicly available, digital typeface design remains an esoteric practice. At the same time, public lettering and signage are being erased and homogenised
Billboard Project: ArtCenter South Campus
HMCT launch our billboard installation at ArtCenter South Campus [950 S. Raymond Avenue]. The inaugural exhibition displayed the typographic work of MGx students from the class of Prof. Ty Drake; we are currently showing the work of Prof. Simon Johnston’s grad students. The billboards are located in the South Campus parking lot just north of the 950 building.
HMCT Collection featured in Acid Free Magazine
HMCT Archive acquired a large collection of Polish posters from designer and ArtCenter College of Design educator Leonard Konopelski in 2020. Much of the work represented was produced by the Polish School of Posters, formed because the Communist regime of Poland (1944-1989) banned film advertisements issued by Western studios, and controlled all advertising imagery used for theatrical and other public events. Despite the draconian oversight of the Polish government, the School was so successful that it helped shape the global practice of graphic design, and its artists became known throughout the world. Among the most celebrated were Roman Cieslewicz,
Design Educators Typography Intensive, Winter 2021
Effective teaching should be shared, not a secret. This is the heart of the Design Educators Typography Intensive [DETI] that continues the legacy of ArtCenter Professor Leah Hoffmitz Milken who, for over three decades, left her mark on students and future generations of “thinking designers.” Made possible by a generous sponsorship from Google, our second DETI, focused on Branding and Typography. The program was open to all university-level educators and graduate students, as well as the general public with an avid interest in the future of typography and its continuing impact on all communications media. Attendees were exposed to
I was honored, but not surprised, about a request from HMCT to briefly write about collecting. I started collecting books and art in high school and, in my family, I’m considered the Benedictine. My partner is the Franciscan. As I near retirement from ArtCenter, I have already been donating European collectible posters to the HMCT and encouraging other designers to do the same. I will also give my design library to the HMCT, where I know the specialized nature of my book collection will be appreciated and used. When one thinks about collecting anything, especially art-related works, I feel


The HMCT (South Campus) Gallery is free and open to the public. It is accessible when school is in term, seven days a week from 9 AM to 7 PM.

The Storefront Gallery, located within the Center, is also free and open to the public most weekdays from 10 AM to 4 PM. (We advise you to call ahead to make sure the Storefront Gallery is open, 626-396-4343).


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