Open to the public

Missed the opening reception? You’re in luck. Take an up-close look at today’s best typography from around the globe in this special exhibition featuring bold, exciting work from the Tokyo TDC’s 2015, 2016, and 2017 global competitions, curated by Sharon Werner of Werner Design Werks, Jon Forss of Non-Format, and Erik Brandt, chair of the design department at MCAD.

The Tokyo TDC exhibition runs October 11 – November 7.
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About Tokyo Type Directors Club (TTDC)

The Tokyo Type Directors Club (TTDC) is a non-profit organization based in Japan. Begun in 1987, it is now one of the most prestigious organizations in the field of typography and graphic design. Since 1990 it has staged an annual international design competition: the “Tokyo TDC Awards.” This annual competition is a touchstone amongst the world’s leading art directors, designers, and typographic masters and is unique amongst its peers. It celebrates the spirit of typography and encourages and rewards experimentation in both form and language.

All submitted works are assessed and selected by international judges and fifteen of Japan’s leading typographers and graphic designers. Each year there are over 3,000 entries from all over the world. Of these, 300 are chosen for the annual publication and then over one hundred, representing the best of the best, are selected for exhibition and shown at venues across the globe. The MCAD exhibition highlights some of the strongest work from three different exhibition years—2015, 2016, and 2017. These pieces were selected by Sharon Werner of Werner Design Werks, Jon Forss of Non-Format, and Erik Brandt, chair of the design department at MCAD.

Throughout the years the TTDC awards freshness and vitality and has constantly challenged what is thought of as typography and typographics. This is a rare opportunity to see original work by the world’s leading type designers on display in Minneapolis, ranging from posters, character design and editorial/book design, to packaging and experimental work.

Co-presented by MCAD, AIGA Minnesota, & Werner Design Werks

Minneapolis College of Art and Design Werner Design Werks


With special thanks to our generous paper and printing sponsors: Neenah Paper, Franklin Press, and Studio On Fire

Neenah Paper Franklin Press, Inc. Studio On Fire


Contact Leadership

Katrin Loss
Katrin Loss
A member of AIGA since 1999, Katrin served on many committees and in a variety of roles for the Minnesota chapter since 2002, including chairing the Luncheon Lectures series from 2003–2010 and volunteering on the Design Show committee since 2010. In 2007, she joined AIGA Minnesota’s board of directors as the Associate Director, Luncheons and, in 2011, was named “Volunteer of the Year.” Most recently, Katrin served as AIGA Minnesota’s Vice President for two years, including overseeing the Programming Council. Prior to that, she served as AIGA Minnesota’s Director of Operations for five years overseeing and improving systems and processes in support of AIGA Minnesota’s numerous and diverse programming needs and co-chaired the 2014 AIGA Minnesota Design Show.

An award-winning art director/designer with extensive experience in brand development, Katrin currently works in-house for Best Buy’s Brand Design team. Katrin is a graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a BFA in graphic design, and also holds a degree in business administration and international trade from Staatliche Handelsschule in Hamburg, Germany. A strong creative leader with analytical skills, her background in design and business coupled with experience working and living in the U.S. and Europe permits a unique global perspective.

An active member of the design community for over 10 years, Katrin currently serves on MCAD’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.