The gift will support the center's ongoing explorations of the future of typography in print, digital, emerging media, and transmedia design, including ongoing curricula development, programming, research, and partnerships that have made the center a home for the enhanced study of typography and letterform design. In the three years since its creation, the center has awarded $175,000 to faculty, students, and scholars in multiple disciplines working to address the importance of typography in visual communication.
In 2014, the foundation helped establish the center with a $2 million gift in memory of ArtCenter faculty member Leah Hoffmitz Milken, who died in October of that year after battling a rare form of brain cancer. "The excellent work of the center embodies Leah's extraordinary knowledge about typography, her deep passion and dedication to her students, and her commitment to give back to a field which she thoroughly cherished," said Lowell Milken, her husband and the founder of LMFF. "It is an ideal way to honor's Leah memory."
"Far from becoming an archaic specialty, typography is central to modern life," said HMCT executive director Gloria A. Kondrup. "As pervasive as human language, typography has become a more critical agent as digital technologies transform our lives."