The cold weather has finally arrived, officially making it winter here in New York City. If you’re looking for something to do indoors this month consider some of these engaging exhibitions on view now. MoMA’s “Standard Deviations: Types and Families in Contemporary Design” explores the ways in which designers inject “unique identity into objects produced on an industrial scale.” whether as a counterpoint to the homogeneity of mass production or an assertion of individuality in a post industrial era, I leave to you. Also included are 23 digital typefaces on view at the museum for the first time as well as an accompanying lecture series. Fellow typophiles may want to read Paul Shaw’s review on Design Observer in conjunction with attending the exhibit, which although critical, raises excellent points and made me want to go view it again with his review in hand. “Standard Deviations: Types and Families in Contemporary Design” will be on display until January 30, 2012.
Head over to the Art Directors Club Gallery at 106 West 29th Street (between 6th and 7th avenues) to check out their exhibit of design icon and ADC Hall of Fame Laureate Bob Gill, celebrating both his work and the release of his new book Bob Gill, so far. The exhibit will run from January 9–13, 2012. In addition, there will be a book signing party on Thursday, January 12th. Admission to the book signing is free but you must RSVP through the ADC website to reserve a spot.
A book’s form can be as compelling as the writing it contains. Great examples of this are now on view at AIGA’s National Design Center “50 Books/50 Covers” exhibition. The exhibition features the best-designed books and book covers published in 2010, and selected in 2011 by a jury of distinguished designers including Chip Kidd (designer, author and associate art director, Knopf, New York), Arthur Cherry (designer, Design by AAD, Kansas City), Barbara Glauber (principal, Heavy Meta, New York), Kimberly Glyder (designer, Kimberly Glyder Design, Philadelphia) and Joseph Sullivan (founder, The Book Design Review blog, Chicago). There’s also a fantastic interactive companion site, whatthebook.org exploring evolving definitions of the book. AIGA National Design Center is located at 64 Fifth Avenue (between 21st and 22nd Streets) in New York. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be up until February 23, 2012.
Also, while not technically an exhibit well worth mentioning is Pentagram Partner and author, Abbot Miller’s upcoming presentation on typography at the Type Director’s Club on February 16, 2012. The Type Director’s Club is located at 347 West 36th Street, Suite 603 in New York.