September 14 – 15

Chicago, IL


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Presenting Sponsors


MailChimp SVABranding Domtar Hoefler & Co Sappi Degreed Frere-Jones Type StudioOnFire Monotype Classic MOO
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Event Sponsors


Commercial Type Type Supply Shopify
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Supporting Sponsors


Adobe Scout Books
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Sharon Werner

Owner & Designer

Werner Design Werks, inc

St. Paul, MN

Sharon Werner, is the founder of Werner Design Werks, Inc. a three-person design firm in St. Paul, Minnesota, over 25 years strong. WDW, has made remarkable national and international impact with their commitment to simplicity, honesty and smart intuitive practicality in design. They strive to combine strong visual language with sound design solutions to create meaningful brands. Brands that people are passionate about. Brands that impact commerce and culture. This creative and business strategy has attracted and gained praise from both corporations and startup ventures that include: Moët Hennessey, dpHUE, SC Johnson, Suntory, Mr. Maks Ginbao, Target, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, Cabot Creamery, and Lucini Italia.

In addition to client projects, Sharon is co-creator and co-author of a series of type-centric children’s books; Alphabeasties and other Amazing Types, Bugs by the Numbers and Alphasaurs and other Prehistoric Types, published by Blue Apple Books and reprinted in France by Piccolo. The books teach kids that words on a page can look as expressive as they read. They can communicate a feeling, a tone beyond the simple word. "Grrr" can look angry, funny or fast depending on the typeface.

Their work has garnered awards and honors from numerous national and international design organizations. WDW was named Target Corporation’s Vendor of the Year. Their work is included in 100 World’s Best Posters and permanent collections of the Library of Congress, Musée De La Poste, Victoria & Albert Museum and the Cooper Hewitt Museum.

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