New York Writes Itself: taking words heard on the streets, and translating them into letterpress art. Because when it comes to New York, you can't make this shit up.

The Art Directors Club will host NEW YORK TYPES, a letterpress art exhibition translating real words heard by locals on the streets of New York into quotes and stories visually presented on the walls of the ADC Gallery by some of the city’s leading letterpress artists.

The exhibition will run December 15, 2011 through January 6, 2012, is presented in collaboration with New York Writes Itself, a new ongoing series of creative productions fueled by the people of New York, and ad agency Leo Burnett New York (

NYWI is a new type of media platform designed to connect the people of New York with the city’s creative community. The foundation of NYWI is a website that acts as a running archive called ‘The Script’, where people can write down these New York moments.  Locals registered as “scribes” can submit short-form content like unique quotes, characters, and scenes they witness in New York.

‘The Script’ is then open to the city’s creative community who can use it as inspiration to re-create as writing, art, music, short films, photography or whatever they like.  The project will aggregate different kinds of real-time inputs from the people of NYC to generate interesting and entertaining content that will appear all around the city.

“New York Writes Itself is a project for every New Yorker.  It’s a celebration of the many different voices that make walking our streets an experience that is never the same twice,” said Max Goodwin, cultural architect, Leo Burnett New York.  “We are thrilled to partner with ADC and the Letterpress community to present New York Types.  This exhibition is an example of how New York Writes Itself connects the gritty everyday New Yorkers with the city’s creative community to share the unique and wild stories happening every day in our great city.”

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