Terminal Design Inc.
125 Congress Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Founded in 1990 by James Montalbano and located on the terminal moraine in Brooklyn, New York, Terminal Design’s typeface and lettering designs have been solving the most challenging typographic problems for some of the world’s most influential and iconic brand leaders in the media, fashion, and environmental industries.
Montalbano’s professional career began as a public school industrial arts teacher, trying to keep his young students from crushing their hands in the platen presses. Having to teach wood shop was the last straw and he quit and went to graduate school. After receiving an M.Ed in Technology Education, he studied lettering with Ed Benguiat, began drawing type and working in the wild world of New York City type shops and magazine art departments. His career continued as a magazine art director, moving on to become a design director responsible for 20 trade magazines whose subject matter no one should be required to remember. He was talked into designing pharmaceutical packaging, but that only made him ill. When his nausea subsided, he started Terminal Design, Inc. and hasn’t been sick since.
Since 1995 Montalbano has been working on the Clearview type system for text, display, roadway and interior guide signage. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Print, Creative Review, ID, Wired, and is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
He is a past president of the Type Directors Club (TDC), and has taught typography at Pratt Institute and type design at School of Visual Arts (SVA). He currently teaches type design at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.