Beth (Mary-Elizabeth) Tondreau’s Profile

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Beth (Mary-Elizabeth) Tondreau
Title
Adjunct Lecturer
Department
Communication Design
Office Location
Varies.
Academic interests

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

Bio

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 (which is now PenguinRandomHouse), 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 in Boston. While working in London, she learned from colleagues at William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. (now HarperCollins). Beth has served as a lecturer at FIT and NYU and has appeared as a guest speaker at Pace and City College. She is particularly 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. Ms. Tondreau has to write approximately 200 more books to catch up to design icon Steven Heller.

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

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

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Work Phone
646.623.8672. (Legacy work phone: 212.420.1412)
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My Courses

COMD1127 Type and Media

COMD1127 Type and Media

Foundation course in typography with emphasis on using type for a multiple of industry related applications ranging from print to interactive. Students are introduced to principles of type design and terminology including: variations of type structure, anatomy, font usage, grid, leading, kerning, tracking and alignment. (The avatar is reminiscent of the work of the conceptual artist Barbara Kruger.)

COMD1127 Type and Media D036 FA2022

COMD1127 Type and Media D036 FA2022

Foundation course in typography with emphasis on using type for a multiple of industry related applications ranging from print to interactive. Students are introduced to principles of type design and terminology including: variations of type structure, anatomy, font usage, grid, leading, kerning, tracking and alignment.

COMD1127 Type & Media, Spring 2022

COMD1127 Type & Media, Spring 2022

Foundation course in typography with emphasis on using type for a multiple of industry related applications ranging from print to interactive. Students are introduced to principles of type design and terminology including: variations of type structure, anatomy, font usage, grid, leading, kerning, tracking and alignment.

COMD1127 Type and Media (Model Course)

COMD1127 Type and Media (Model Course)

This openly available model course contains course information, learning outcomes, suggested weekly topics and projects, video resources, quizzes, and more. It may be cloned and adapted by any faculty member teaching this course. ___________________________ Foundation course in typography with emphasis on using type for a multiple of industry related applications ranging from print to interactive. Students are introduced to principles of type design and terminology including: variations of type structure, anatomy, font usage, grid, leading, kerning, tracking and alignment.

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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