Exhibitions: TDC53

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On July 17 at the One Club in New York, the Type Directors Club kicked off an exhibition of the winners of its 53rd annual competition, TDC53. Of 2,043 entries spanning 34 countries, 215 submissions representing 20 nations have been selected for the Type Directors Club annual, Typography 28, which will be published in December by Collins Design. The annual will be designed by New York's Number Seventeen, which also designed this year's "E-Z TDC" call for entries poster/mailer. Seen here are some jury selections, led by a hand-lettered Signage winner from Melbourne's Emery Studio, design and lettering by Mark Janetzki, creative direction by Garry Emery. The project, proposed by the City of Melbourne, is an installation in the City Square, a "public Nativity" of sorts, "presenting the Christmas story in an open and accessible way to a broad cross-section of the community," as the designers explained in their presentation. "The specific Nativity scripture from the Bible was visually expressed in a naive calligraphic style, laser cut from stainless steel sheet. Existing lighting between the wall and the screen was used to generate a compelling nighttime presence." TDC53 chair Graham Clifford of Graham Clifford Design adds, "The letterforms have a wonderful exuberance and energy, with their dipping and rolling baselines. Taking a traditional text out of its environment and into a public space and treating it in an unpredictable way is genius. And illuminating the wall at night brings a whole other dimension, symbolism and meaning to the work."

Other winners seen here: a Catalog selection by designer/CDs Jeffery Keedy and Penny Pehl, for the California Institute of the Arts; and an Installation winner designed by Catelijne van Middelkoop and Ryan Pescatore Frisk of Strange Attractors Design, The Hague, Netherlands, for Rotterdam's Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. The winning work will remain on display at the One Club through August 17.

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