Wed, Oct 11th, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
2501 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis MN 55404

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Open to anyone interested in design

Join us on the eve of the 2017 AIGA Design Conference for conversation, cocktails, and an up-close look at today’s best typography from around the globe.

The Tokyo Type Directors Club (TTDC) is coming to Minneapolis! We’ve curated a special exhibition featuring bold, exciting work from the TTDC’s 2015, 2016, and 2017 global competitions. Help us kick off this unique exhibition—and the AIGA Design Conference—with a pre-conference party on October 11.

Cash bar available. Light appetizers will be served.

The Tokyo TDC Exhibition runs October 11 – November 7.
For more information and gallery hours, visit mcad.edu

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.


Hosted 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

Brent Larson
Brent Larson
Brent is an award winning Motion, 3D, and Graphic designer with 20 years of experience working in the architectural, manufacturing, legal, corporate, and film industries as a solopreneur, agency, and in-house designer. He has experience in illustration, graphic design, product design, 3D modeling & animation, motion graphics, video production, live & virtual event production, presentation design, art direction, and project management. He currently works as a corporate in-house Principal Motion and Graphic Designer in the MedTech industry.

Before becoming AIGA Minnesota President, Brent served as Vice President from 2022-2023 and Chair of the In-House Designers Committee from 2019 - 2023.

Brent volunteers as a mentor for emerging designers and is a member of the AIGA Minnesota Mind to Mind Mentorship Program Committee.

His interests include history, film, design, animation, illustration, 3D printing, model making, woodworking, golf, bowling, fishing, and restoring things.