ATypI typeface design competition
This year sees the first type design competition ever conducted by the ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale). Chairman Maxim Zhukov gave the competition the somewhat playful Russian name, bukva:raz!, which means "letter:one!". Bukva:raz! will cover a five-year period: typefaces designed or released between 1 January 1997, and 5 November 2001.
The year 2001 has been designated the Year of Dialogue among Civilizations by the United Nations. As befits a worldwide organization, ATypI reflects this in both its forthcoming conference, and its design competition, by specifically inviting entries in all scripts and writing systems: Latin, Cyrillic, Chinese, Hebrew, Arabic, Devanagari, etc. The judging is to take place in Moscow in early December 2001, organized there by the Type Designers Association.
The jury will be an international one, with expertise in type design for many writing systems. Among the judges are Matthew Carter, Yuri Gherchuk, Akira Kobayashi, Lyubov' Kuznetsova, Fiona Ross, and Vladimir Yefimov.
There will be no entry, hanging or publication fees, to encourage submissions from all countries and regions of the world.
There will, of course, be an exhibition and a catalogue. The deadline for submission is Friday, 5 November 2001. The call for entries is now available.