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Century Exhibition on view at AIGA National Design Center

June 23, 2014 / By Julie Spivey

If you are in or around New York City this summer, stop by the Century Type exhibition currently on view at the AIGA National Design Center.

The exhibition presents an array of typographic artifacts from archives such as Monotype and the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography at Cooper Union.

There are limited edition posters, advertising, various ephemera and even a handwritten letter including notes on the design of Perpetua from Stanley Morrison and Eric Gill.

Some of the most compelling pieces are original typeface production drawings such as the 1907  Monotype designs for Neo Didot, and Mergenthaler Linotype’s 1937 Memphis Extra Bold Condensed and 1914 Bodoni.

Apparently the included NYC Transit Authority graphic standards designed by Massimo Vignelli’s Unimark in 1970 is one of the only remaining copies.

The exhibition is on view through July 31st and open from 11am–6pm Monday through Thursday and 11–5 on Fridays.


Notes on Perpetua from Stanley Morrison & Eric Gill


Graphic standards for NYC Transit Authority designed by Unimark


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