Entries Now Welcome for the Annual Type Directors Club Competitions


The TDC invites the submission of entries to its 60th annual Communication Design Competition and 17th annual Typeface Design Competition, the most highly-respected and selective competitions of typographic and typeface design from around the world.

Communication Design Competition: ENTER HERE!

Typeface Design Competition: ENTER HERE!

Winning submissions are displayed in seven exhibitions that travel the globe next year, and are also published in a beautiful hardbound annual, Typography 35.

This year’s communication design competition is being chaired by TDC board member Gail Anderson, and the annual and exhibition materials are being designed by the New York brand and experience design firm Collins.

The judges are:
Debra Bishop, More Magazine
Ted Halbur, Target Marketing
Debbie Millman, Sterling Brands
Jackie Seow, Simon and Schuster
Will Staehle, willco.
Paul Sych, Faith
Oliver Reichenstein, Information Architects

TDC board member Matteo Bologna is chair of the typeface design competition.

The judges are:
Andy Clymer, Hoefler & Frere-Jones
Ellen Lupton, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Jesse Ragan, Type@Cooper
Georg Seifert, Glyphs App

Collins has also directed the creation of a provocative microsite that accompanies the new call for entries. This site, the Type Generator, creates typographic expressions with data drawn from your local environment. Just type a word, choose a style and a fill, and then five conditions in your location will affect the creation of letterforms that spell your word:

The time
Traffic congestion in your area
Your city’s diversity of hashtags
Your city’s population density
Your local wind speed

Tap the space bar to secure your word, which can be saved to a gallery of typographic snapshots. These images capture relationships between individuals and larger systems and are metaphors for how design expresses the influences of time, place, and social interaction. Algorithms and context-aware computing help generate designs that reflect an ephemeral millisecond of our time. Data creates unpredictable new forms, and then the forms themselves become data, showing where it is windy, or where Twitter is popular. Wherever you can go online (except on your mobile device), the Type Generator turns your environment into letters.


Listen to four designers discuss generative type in this video by Collins.

The deadline for submission is Friday, December 13, 2013. If you submit by the early bird deadline of Friday, November 1, you will receive a substantial discount on the entry fee. As usual, all TDC members receive a discount on the fee. This year, all entries can be uploaded digitally.

Generate, Enjoy, Enter!

Collins designed the Type Generator with the help of Hugo & Marie and Mr. Henry.