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, this, our second DETI, will focus on Branding and Typography. The program is 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 will
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
D&AD New Blood Awards
This year, HMCT partnered with Google to sponsor a brief for this prestigious international contest based in London. Our brief, Typographic Notes: The Empowerment of Music, challenged design students to find a genre, song or musical movement that best represents a cause and use typography to bring it to life. Our brief garnered almost 22,000 downloads in 119 countries; and we were number one in entry submissions. HMCT also provided one of the judges, ArtCenter Professor of Graphic Design Ty Drake, who judged the work remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
HMCT Wins Awards
HMCT was awarded the following for our 2019-20 exhibitions and catalogs: Type Directors ClubProject: Plan BCategory: Communication Design Communication ArtsProject: MIKE/SIERRA/TANGOCategory: Environmental Design Graphic Design USAProject: Plan BCategory: American Graphic Design Award
HMCT Archive Website
HMCT has a separate website devoted solely to our Archive of original and rare materials that document the history and teaching of typography, letterform, and graphic design. Be sure to re-visit often as we continually update our collection. PLEASE NOTE: We are currently unable to accommodate requests to view materials in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact Archivist Annamaria Roskewitsch if you have any questions. 
I was supposed to be in Italy for a press check at this time of year until the pandemic hit. As plans everywhere have been disrupted, I thought it might be interesting to travel vicariously to Florence using pictures I have taken on previous visits, specifically to one of my favorite buildings, the city’s railway station, or stazione, Firenze Santa Maria Novella; in particular to discuss the typography of the original signage. Opened in 1935, the building is considered a masterpiece of Italian modernist architecture; it was designed by Gruppo Toscana, led by architect Giovanni Michelucci. Although approved by


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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