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TDC Medal to Mike Parker

New York - 13 April 2011

Mike Parker to Receive Type Directors Club Medal

Diego Vainesman, President of the Type Directors Club, announced that Mike Parker has been chosen as the recipient of the coveted TDC Medal for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the field of typography. The award presentation will be held Wednesday evening, April 6, 2011 at TDC headquarters in New York City.

For more than 50 years, print historian and industry leader Mike Parker has been shepherding the development of typography: from hot metal, to photocomposition, to digital. As Director of Typography for Mergenthaler Linotype, he managed the production of more than a thousand typefaces. In 1981, he and Matthew Carter co-founded Bitstream, the first all-digital type company. And in 2000, Parker joined David Berlow and Roger Black at the Font Bureau as a consultant, type historian, and type designer. In 2009, he released Starling, a new typeface series based on the 1904 proto-Times Roman designs of Starling Burgess.The TDC recognizes individuals in the typographic and graphic design communities who have excelled in the field of typography, whether in typeface design or type usage.

The first recipient of the TDC Medal was Hermann Zapf in 1967. Mr. Parker will be the 24th recipient of the TDC Medal. In the past 44 years, the following professionals have been honored: R. Hunter Middleton, Dr. Robert Leslie, Frank Powers, Edward Rondthaler, Arnold Bank, Georg Trump, Paul Standard, Herb Lubalin (posthumously), Paul Rand, Aaron Burns, Bradbury Thompson, Adrian Frutiger, Jerry (Freeman) Craw, Ed Benguiat, Gene Federico, Lou Dorfsman, Matthew Carter, Rolling Stone magazine, Colin Brignall, Günter Gerhard Lange and Martin Solomon. The TDC Medal is not an annual award. The most recent TDC Medal was awarded to Paula Scher in 2006.

The Type Directors Club is a non profit professional organization founded in 1946, and dedicated to educating its international membership about type, type design and its multitude of uses in the field of graphic arts.


For additional information:

Carol Wahler, Executive Director

article posted 13 April 2011 and last updated 13 April 2011.

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