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


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Heather Michael
Heather Michael
For as long as she can remember Heather has been a lover of color and pattern and a skilled problem solver. Design brought these two passions together and there has been no looking back.

Heather holds a BFA in graphic design from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire where she was encouraged to join AIGA as a student. 

In her free time, Heather is out enjoying all the wonderful places in the Twin Cities with her partner, family, friends and dogs, Paisley and Guthrie.