Century: 100 Years of Type in Design

On view at the AIGA National Design Center (May 1–July 31)

Interest in type, typefaces, typography and fonts has grown far beyond the graphic design community, yet few truly understand how and why these vital components of design are created and applied. This exhibition, organized by Monotype and designed by AIGA Medalist and Pentagram partner Abbott Miller for the AIGA National Design Center, celebrates 100 years of type as a constant influence in the world around us.

Gathering rare and unique works from premier archives in the United States and London, “Century” will serve as the hub of a series of presentations, workshops and events held at the AIGA gallery as well as the Type Directors Club and the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography at Cooper Union in New York City. The “Century” exhibition features a range of artifacts representing the evolution from typeface conception to fonts in use. Typeface production drawings by the preeminent designers of the last 100 years, proofs, type posters and announcement broadsides are supplemented by publications, advertising, ephemera and packaging.

See the exhibition

The exhibition is on view from May 1 through July 31 at the AIGA National Design Center in New York City. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Gallery hours
Monday through Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

*Please note: Pre-registered and private tours, organized by Monotype, are available on Thursdays from 1:00–6:00 p.m. until June 18.

On June 18, the gallery will close at 4:00 p.m. and will remain closed on June 19 for a private event.

The AIGA National Design Center will be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

AIGA National Design Center Gallery [map]
164 Fifth Avenue (between 21st and 22nd Streets)
New York, NY 10010
212 807 1990

Exhibition store

Monotype is offering exclusive typeface merchandise to “Century” visitors, including posters, tote bags, mugs, tea towels and limited-edition prints. The Monotype Store is open to the public every Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and during special Thursday tours from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. During all other gallery hours, visitors can place orders online using a sales kiosk in the gallery.


Exhibiting and event partners for the exhibition include Monotype, AIGA, Pentagram, Mohawk Paper, The Type Directors Club, Condé Nast, Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, The Type Archive, The Herb Lubalin Study Center at Cooper Union, Alan Kitching and The Museum of Printing.

Exhibition design: Abbott Miller, Pentagram

Related events

During the exhibition, a series of related workshops called “Century Expanded” will take place at the Type Directors Club in New York City.


AIGA’s exhibition program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.