As part of AIGA’s centennial celebrations, Monotype has curated a show featuring 100 years of type in design. The exhibition features five letterpress posters by Alan Kitching honouring some of design’s great names. We have two to give away
Photos: Bilyana Dimitrova
Century: 100 years of type in design is at the AIGA National Design Center in New York City until June 18 (exhibition shown above). The show forms part of the American Institute of Graphic Arts’ centennial celebrations. Created by Pentagram partner Abott Miller and curated and produced by Monotype, it features rare and archive material from the likes of Condé Nast, Herb Lubalin, MIlton Glaser and Kitching himself, tracing the use of type in graphic design over the past 100 years.
Production drawing Modern r s t. Image: Monotype
Condé Nast press specimen book
Eric Gill Series 430 Drawings. Image: Monotype
Gill Sans trial. Image: Monotype
1970 booklet by Kenneth Kuenster encouraging designers to turn on with Strathmore Text. Courtesy of Mohawk Paper
1957 spread from Schiff nach Europa by Markus Kutter designed by Karl Gerstner. Image: The Herb Lubalin Study Center
Vanity Fair’s Portfolio of Modern French Art Cover
As part of the show, Monotype commissioned five prints (shown below) to celebrate some great designers who were born in 1914: Tom Eckersley (detail shown top), Abram Games, FHK Henrion, Josef Müller-Brockmann and Paul Rand. Each of Alan Kitching’s prints references type used by the designers in their work.
According to James Fooks-Bale, Creative Director for Monotype, “We’re producing a limited set of 200 prints for each designer which will all be signed and numbered by Alan. In addition we’re producing a version which fits into a sleeve which in turn goes with the Monotype Collections series, there will be only 600 of those produced which include more copy content and photos of the designers in their home or studio.”
We have two of the prints to give away to one lucky reader: those for Paul Rand and Josef Müller-Brockmann (details below).
To win the pair of prints, designed by Alan Kitching with Daniel Chehade and printed by Advanced Graphics London and PurePrint Group on Colorplan Ebony 270gsm and Colorplan Pristine White 100gsm, we want you to give us your best typographically punning song title in the comments below. Deadline: 5pm UK time on Friday May 9th.
Funniest (in our opinion) wins. Don’t forget to include your email address so that we can send your prize.
AND THE WINNER IS…
Thanks for all the entries. After much deliberation (and with a special mention to Paul Taylor who entered about 20 times) we have decided that our winner is I’m So x-Heighted from Claire. We will be in touch with details of the prize