The Society of Typographic Arts is Chicago’s oldest professional design organization. We are designers who promote high standards and focus on the art and craft of typography, design, and visual communication. We love design, we love designers, and we love Chicago.
As a vital hub for the Chicago design community, the STA sponsors lectures and conferences, develops publications, promotes cutting edge professional design, and maintains the Chicago Design Archive. We bring the design community together by inviting and encouraging all creative professionals to get involved, be heard and help build an organization with unique social, educational, and networking opportunities.
Since its inception in Chicago in 1927, the Society of Typographic Arts has been a vital participant in the Chicago design community, sponsoring seminars and conferences, and developing publications, including Trademarks USA (1964), Fifty Years of Graphic Design in Chicago (1977), Hermann Zapf and His Design Philosophy (1987), and ZYX: 26 Poetic Portraits (1989). For a brief time in the late 1980s, STA became the American Center for Design. In 1990, the STA reorganized with a renewed commitment to design in Chicago. Today, it serves as the driving force in Chicago design, presenting a diverse schedule of programming, sponsoring several design organizations and events, and hosting the Chicago Design Archive, a collection of significant work from the city.