Beth (Mary-Elizabeth) Tondreau’s Profile

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Beth (Mary-Elizabeth) Tondreau
Adjunct Lecturer
Communication Design
Office Location
Zoom. See Syllabus.
Academic interests

Typography, History of Graphic Design, Art History, (History in General), Literature


Beth Tondreau is the owner of a small design company with the shortened name of BTDnyc (don’t call it a “boutique agency,” please!).

Prior to founding BTD in 1985, Beth Tondreau was Design Director at then-named Viking/Penguin, where she managed staff and projects for the Adult Trade and Penguin paperback divisions. Beth has also held positions as a designer and art director at other publishing houses in New York, London, and Boston.

Beth earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, completed Radcliffe’s Publishing Procedures Program, and pursued studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. While working in London, she learned from colleagues at William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. (now HarperCollins!). Beth has taught at FIT and NYU and guest speaks at Pace and City College—and is honored to teach at New York City College of Technology.

In 2019, Rockport Publishers (Quarto) reissued her 2009 textbook, Layout Essentials in a revised and updated edition. That is her only book. So far.

As a member of AIGA, the professional association for design, Beth was involved as a mentor in the now-completed AIGA/NY Mentoring Program and served on the Board of Directors of AIGA/NY.

In non design-related endeavors, she speaks fractured French and Italian and does an enthusiastic Lindy Hop.

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My Courses

COMD4611 Publication Design, OL276, Fall2020

COMD4611 Publication Design, OL276, Fall2020

Principles and practice of publication design. Analysis, research and design of the contemporary multi-page publication. Assignments leading to the design and production of a newspaper and magazine (and discussion of alternatives in the evolving industry). Integration of design and production during class and at home, using software such as Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

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