- There is no winning tier structure of gold, silver and bronze – all the best work is awarded a Certificate of Typographic Excellence.
- Each specialized jury has been selected and composed of the top creatives and designers from across the world to judge all submitted entries.
- The specialist jury, selected together with the One Club for Creativity and composed of the top creatives from across the world, will judge all submitted entries according to the Type Directors Club Awards criteria.
- During the judging process, the jury will base their decision on three criteria, reviewing if the entry is:
- an original and inspiring idea
- relevant to its context
- In the categories relating to craft, work is judged first on the strength of the craft, then on how it contributes to the success of the idea.
- Entries must have been produced or published during 2020.
- Submissions can be from anyone associated with the entry.
- Work designed for the TDC and by the Chair and Judges is ineligible.
- No identification of designer/submitter should be included in submission materials.
24Annual TDC Typeface Design Competition
Any new typeface designs produced or published between January 1 and December 31, 2020 are eligible. Typeface designs may be submitted by anyone involved in their design, production, or marketing. Typefaces created for the TDC, by the chair or jurors of the competition are not eligible for entering.
Extended or revised versions of older, previously published type designs are not eligible. This includes upgraded typefaces with newly expanded glyph sets in the original script (e.g., with added Latin glyph subsets, design variants, small capitals, ligatures, swashes, alternates, numerical styles, expert, localized and historical forms, stylistic sets, ornaments). However, designs that have authorized additions of scripts other than the original (e.g., from Latin to Cyrillic, Greek, Arabic, Armenian, Thai, Han/Kanji, etc.) are eligible.
Designs published before January 1, 2020 are not eligible.
Entries are to be submitted as PDFs or digital images. Please ensure high enough resolution to judge your work appropriately. Each entry may include up to a maximum of 12 proof pages. Proofs may include, but are not limited to, headlines, short or long passages of text, sample pages or double-page spreads of book or magazine make-up, or multi-column text. Proofs should demonstrate how the typeface was designed to be used. The requirements for proofs are:
To ensure anonymous and fair judgement of entries, the names of the typeface, designer, client, manufacturer or distributor must not appear anywhere on the front or on the back of the proof.
Proofs should show as complete a character set as possible given the size of the design's glyph complement and the number of styles in the submission. In the case of complex extended multi-script character sets, ensure that the showing is comprehensive enough to allow the jury to judge the design appropriately.
Complex System Showings
Submissions of text and display Type Superfamilies should follow the above guidelines, but may feature more than one font or style in each showing.
Marking of Entries
Entries must be clearly marked, in the front, upper left-hand corner of each sheet, with the appropriate Family, Competition, Script, and Design categorizations as detailed in the Categories section.
Single, Display, Latin, Original
Type Family, Text, Latin, Original
Type Superfamily, Type System, Custom system for a major news corporation
Single, Display, Armenian, Authorized extension of a Latin design
Entries submitted by PDF upload must be pre-formatted as US Tabloid (portrait or landscape; 11×17 in. / 279×430 mm). Either vertical or horizontal formats are permitted.
Each entry PDF with more than one page must be a multiple-page PDF.
Security settings must be set to allow full resolution viewingwithout passwords.
PDF entries must use embedded subsetted settings for fonts, to ensure that outlines, not bitmaps, are printed.
Non-embeddable fonts must not be converted to outlines; please generate embeddable versions for this competition PDF.
Single Typeface: Individual typefaces designed to stand alone, with no stylistic variants.
Type Family: Typefaces designed and entered for competition with stylistic variants such as roman, italic, and bold, or small capitals. Up to and including eight variants are allowed.
Type Superfamily: Typeface designs that comprise more than eight closely-related variants are considered Type Superfamilies. Superfamilies also include Pi and Dingbat fonts that are stylistically related to the main alphabetic or ideographic typeface designs, as well as variable fonts.
Type System: Extensive groups of related typefaces featuring separate designs for text and display composition, or groups of related typefaces featuring designs belonging to different style categories, such as serif and sans-serif, serif and slab serif, and serif and semi-serif. Digital fonts in Multiple Master or in OpenType format often fall within this subcategory.
Pi or Ornament: Typefaces featuring special character sets for mathematical, phonetic, and other specialized applications, as well as ding-bats, icons, symbols, and other pictorial items in a font format. Ornament and border designs are also included in this subcategory.
Typeface Design–Typeface Design is not part of TDC Communication Design and is a separate competition which is judged by a Typeface Design Competition jury. This MUST be a Student assignment to qualify.
NO ENTRIES WILL BE RETURNED
THE TYPE DIRECTORS CLUB IS NOT RESPONSIBLE IF THE ENTRIES DO NOT REACH THE TDC OFFICE IN TIME FOR THE JUDGING. NO ENTRY FEES WILL BE RETURNED. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE THE FREIGHT/POSTAL SERVICE YOU USE WILL DELIVER THE ENTRIES TO THE TDC OFFICE IN TIME FOR JUDGING.
Only winners will be notified the week of February 22, 2021 by email.
Entries selected by the jury will receive Certificates of Typographic Excellence. They will be exhibited in the 67th TDC Exhibition and appear in The World’s Best Typography®, Typography 42. The opening of TDC67 will be held in New York City and will be on display during the summer of 2021. Winners will be asked to supply digital files of the winning entries for use in The World’s Best Typography®.
Travel Exhibition Material
Winners will also be asked to supply eight (8) additional copies of winning entries for use in exhibitions outside New York. These shows travel throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asian countries. Credits of individuals and firms that have contributed to each entry will be included in the exhibitions and in The World’s Best Typography®.
Credits will be requested for selected pieces.
IN THE EVENT OF ANY DISPUTE REGARDING THE ELIGIBILITY OF THE ENTRY’S QUALIFICATIONS, THE CHAIRPERSON’S DECISION IS FINAL.
Entry is declared to be a 2020 production.
I hereby grant the TDC permission to show the work(s) in exhibitions, on the TDC website, and to publish it/them in the TDC annual and other publications. I also allow the TDC to use images of work(s) in all forms of publicity for the competition and exhibitions.
I hereby affirm that the materials I submit to the competition(s) and their publications will not infringe upon any personal, property or intellectual rights (i.e., copyright, trademark, and patent) of others and that I have full power to enter into this agreement and that all information is accurate and hold the TDC harmless from any action resulting from this entry material and information.