MADA students awarded by Tokyo Type Directors Club

Published:  May 9, 2014

The Tokyo Type Directors Club stands apart from its peers, as a TDC with its own perspective on type design, rewarding experimentation with type’s form and with language. Its annual competition attracts over 3500 entries from all over the world, of which 300 are selected for its annual and then only 120, representing the best of the best, selected for exhibition.

Desktop has been informed that two MADA (Monash Art Design Architecture) students – ex. Honours student Claire Wohlnick and recent undergraduate Melanie Blewonski – have been selected for the exhibition and the annual, and a further three students David Morton, Dylan McDonough and Josh McCormack have been selected for the annual.

Clare Wohlnick

“More than any similar organisation, the Tokyo Type Directors Club is less driven by ‘temporary commercial and market-led concerns’ and is more focused on the timeless craft and art of Typography,” MADA Professor of Design John Warwicker, who has judged the awards, explained. ”Anyone can enter. This year saw some of the best designers world, from Japan, Europe, China and the USA, submit work so it is a remarkable achievement that students from MADA are represented in both the annual and the show.”

Melanie Blewonski


Dylan McDonough

The selected work shows the results of some rigorous experimentation of type, as a form of language and communication, and as form and shape, to be dissected and arranged beyond the traditional parameters the discipline acknowledges. All the selected students, bar one, pushed type past the point of legibility, treating type as image or as data to be closely decoded. Josh McCormack retained legibility in order to display the declarations and statements of the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus — the philosophical work of Ludwig Wittgenstein addressing the relationship between language and reality.

Josh McCormack

All the work selected by the TTDC appears to directly reflect the ambitions of MADA, which focusses on the pivotal role of research in creative practice, encouraging students and researchers to collaborate on “provocative ideas and forms that examine our existence” across design, art and architecture.

David Morton

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