An international group of judges will decide which work represents the “World’s Best Typography” in 2021.
Everyone who enters the competition will have the opportunity for their work to be considered by a diverse group of international designers. In January 2021 the group will review a wide range of design – typefaces, books, book jackets, posters, magazines, identities, exhibitions, apparel, websites, film and TV titles, and packaging.
Early bird deadline for entries is midnight, November 20. Regular deadline is January 8. After this date, higher entry fees will be applied to late entries.
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TDC67 COMMUNICATION DESIGN JUDGES
Melissa Deckert is a multidisciplinary designer, art director and co-founder of Party of One Studio. Formerly the Senior Brand Designer at Etsy’s in-house Brand Studio, her work spans a variety of disciplines including branding, book covers, lettering and murals. In 2018, Melissa co-founded Party of One with Nicole Licht, a collaborative creative studio based in Brooklyn, New York. Combining traditional design principles with handmade elements, colorful set design and unusual styling, Party of One creates compelling, story-driven visuals for brands, products and publications. Their clients include The New York Times, Mercedes-Benz, Playboy, The Washington Post, and Random House. Melissa’s work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators and Art Directors Club. Independently she has been a guest critic at Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, and The New School.
Jason is an award-winning designer and art director with Viking and Penguin Books in New York. Previously he worked with St. Martin’s Press and Rodrigo Corral Design. His work has earned recognition and honors from Communication Arts and Print magazines, the Type Directors Club, AIGA Eye on Design, the AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers competition, and the New York Book Show. In addition, his projects have been published in several books related to graphic design and publishing. Jason is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and the University of Rochester.
Jason Sfetko is an Art Director in the global brand design team at Nike in Portland, OR. He was previously the Deputy Art Director at The New York Times Magazine and studied design at Rochester Institute of Technology. In 2014 Jason was a member of the Design Team of the Year awarded by the Art Directors Club. He has also received an ASME National Magazine Award for design while at GQ and was named among the 25 Young Designers to Watch in 2012 by Complex.com. His work has been recognized by various organizations including The Art Directors Club, The Type Directors Club, The Society of Publication Designers, D&AD, and Graphis, among others.
Leandro Assis, aka LEBASSIS is a brazilian artist, art director and letterer based in Rio. Lebassis is known for super bold letterings, colorful palettes and playful illustrations, drawing the attention of global brands and agencies. Lebassis also uses his creativity and designs as a tool to promote positivity for black culture and LGBTQ+ rights.
Joyce N. Ho
Joyce N. Ho is a Hong Kong-born Australian designer. With a decade’s experience, there’s nothing she enjoys more than storytelling through motion and bringing ideas to life through design. As an art director and motion designer, Joyce’s work is textural and expressive. Her approach is design-led and she’s always excited to learn, experiment and explore uncharted territory whenever possible. Now based in Brooklyn, Joyce continues her obsession with all things motion and freelances in-between befriending all the cute dogs NYC has to offer. She has directed numerous noteworthy projects, including ‘Semi Permanent 2018’ titles, ‘The Expanse’ opening titles and was design director for “Volume 3” of Netflix’s ‘Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj’.
Joyce has been a finalist at SXSW Film Awards three times and her work has been recognized by The One Club, The ADC, The ADCC and the Australian Production Design Guild, among others. She was named one of “10 Women of Title Design” by Art of the Title in 2018 and was recently a Young Gun 17 winner.
In 2016, Leland joined Chobani as its first Chief Creative Officer and led its lauded brand transformation. In 2020, he became the company’s Chief Brand Officer. He is a Board Member of the One Club for Creativity and Advisory Board Member of NOMI Networks – a global organization dedicated to ending modern slavery. Leland is also the Co-Founder, Board Member, and former Co-Chief Creative Officer of COLLINS, the globally renowned design firm. His work has defined “the next big design trend” (AIGA Eye on Design), produced “the future of music videos” (Forbes), influenced federal climate legislation, federal childhood nutrition policy, presidential candidate platforms, and won every major global creative award. His re-launch of the Chobani brand earned nearly 9 billion media impressions and praise as “literally and absolutely perfect” (AIGA Eye on Design). His global re-imaginations of Spotify, Instagram, and Chobani were each recognized as “Best of the Year” (Fast Co, Wired, Brand New). He has won recognition as “Global 30 under 30” (Campaign), “Young Influencer” (Ad Age), “Most Influential Designers Today” (HOW Magazine), “Design Thinking Leader” (IBM), “Master of Marketing” (Assoc. of National Advertisers), “Tastemaker” (PDN Magazine), and “Designer to Watch” (Graphic Design USA).
Marta Cerdà Alimbau
Marta Cerdà is a Barcelona based independent Letterer, Illustrator and Graphic Designer. Her main body of work is focussed on the boundaries between typography and illustration. While Marta’s style is strongly eclectic, she believes that the separation of these two disciplines into specialized activities is a limitation for her work.
She graduated in Graphic Design in the University of Elisava, Barcelona. At the end of 2008, after working in agencies and studios between Barcelona, Düsseldorf and Munich, she won the ADC Young Guns and decided to found her own studio. Since then, she has worked globally, based in different cities like New York, Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Barcelona, working on projects which call for Art Direction, Design, Illustration and Custom Typography for Arts, Culture and Advertising Clients.
Marta has been awarded by major Design competitions like The Type Directors Club, The Society of Publication Designers and the Art Directors Club Young Guns, among others. She also lectures about Design at creative conferences and Universities internationally.
Juan Carlos Pagan, Jury Chair
Juan Carlos Pagan is a Designer, Typographer, and Creative Director. He received his BFA from Parsons School of Design in 2006, and completed his postgraduate studies in typeface design at The Cooper Union in 2011. Some of Juan’s clients include Pinterest, Cîroc, Under Amour, The New York Times, Variety Magazine, Apple, Google, Disney, and ESPN.
Juan has been honored for his work by The Type Directors Club, Communication Arts, The ADC, The One Show, Graphis, Cannes Lions, Clios, FastCo, 4A’s, and Print Magazine among others. In 2013 Juan received the Art Directors Club Young Gun Award (YG11), honoring vanguard creatives under the age of 30. That same year he was named the top of Adweek‘s Talent 100, and he graced the cover of that year’s issue. He was subsequently nominated for Print Magazines New Visual Artist 20 Under 30. In 2018 Juan received the Type Directors Club Ascenders Award, which recognizes designers who are 35 years of age and under for their remarkable achievement in design and typography. In 2019 Juan was asked to join the board of directors of the Type Directors Club.
Juan is currently the founding partner and Executive Creative Director of Sunday Afternoon. He previously held Head of Design and Creative Director positions at, 72andSunny NY, Deutsch NY, DDB NY, and MTV.
24TDC TYPEFACE DESIGN JUDGES
Peter Biľak works in the field of editorial, graphic, and type design. In 1999 he started Typotheque type foundry, in 2000, together with Stuart Bailey he co-founded art & design journal Dot Dot Dot, in 2012 he started Works That Work, a magazine of unexpected creativity, in 2015 together with Andrej Krátky he co-founded Fontstand.com, a font rental platform. Peter is teaching at the Type & Media, postgraduate course at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague.
Ryoko Nishizuka received her degree in type design from Musashino Art University in 1995, she joined Adobe in 1997, and is currently a Principal Designer of Japanese Typography. Ryoko was a member of the team that designed and developed the first Adobe Originals Japanese typefaces, Kozuka Mincho and Kozuka Gothic. She designed the typeface Ryo family, the world’s first full proportional OpenType Japanese font Kazuraki, Source Han Sans and Source Han Serif as the Pan-CJK typeface family and Ten-Mincho. She has won several awards including NY TDC, Tokyo TDC and the Morisawa Awards International Typeface Design Competition.
Noël Leu is a graphic designer and co-founder of the Swiss based type foundry Grilli Type. He usually spends a large part of the year traveling the globe to broaden his horizon, getting inspired, and to give lectures about design.
Agyei Archer is a multidisciplinary designer and art director from Trinidad, focusing on commercial work that integrates graphics, type design, and programming. He recently co-founded Unqueue, a mobile app designed to improve retail experiences in the Caribbean. Past clients include Google, RISD, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Caribbean Mental Health Foundation.
Agyei runs a small studio in Trinidad, and works on type projects that are both referential of the space he’s in, and with consideration of the implications for the global Black population as a whole. As a result, he’s interested in African Latin language support, but also non-Latin writing systems of colour. Most recently, he completed a digitisation of the Afáka script, the world’s only creole writing system, and he’s currently working on a variable font project for Google, scheduled to be released in [redacted].
Dr. Nadine Chahine is an award-winning Lebanese type designer and principal at ArabicType Ltd. She has an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading, UK, a PhD from Leiden University, The Netherlands, and a Master of Studies in International Relations from Cambridge University. She has numerous awards including two Awards for Excellence in Type Design from the Type Directors Club in New York in 2008 and 2011. Her typefaces include: Frutiger Arabic, Neue Helvetica Arabic, Univers Next Arabic, Palatino Arabic, and Koufiya.
Nadine’s work has been featured in the 5th edition of Megg’s History of Graphic Design and in 2012 she was selected by Fast Company as one of its 100 Most Creative People in Business. In 2016 her work was showcased in the 4th edition of First Choice which highlights the work of the 250 top global designers. In 2017, Nadine was selected by Creative Review to their Creative Leaders 50.
Graduated in Graphic Design from the Universidad del Área Andina, Bogota-Colombia. Master in Typographic Design from the Gestalt Studies Center. Teacher with more than 10 years of career. Speaker at national and international conferences, recently in the version of ATypI Tokio 2019 and Letrástica 3, Guadalajara. Winner of the 2018 FONCA Co-investment Grant from the Secretary of Culture of Mexico. She received the international Clap award for font design Xantolo, co-author of the book “Elementype, a practical guide to typographic use.” Co-founding partner of Tipastype.
Ksenya Samarskaya, Jury Chair
Ksenya Samarskaya is a strategic consultant and creative director, passionate about the nuances inherent in our visual and literary culture. Samarskaya has served on the board of AIGA/NY and taught creative practices at Harbour.Space University (Barcelona), IE School of Architecture and Design (Madrid), School of Visual Arts (New York), and the University of the Arts (Philadelphia). She has previously judged competitions for ADC/The One Club, Communication Arts, TISDC, TDC, and the SoTA Catalyst Award.
Samarskaya & Partners is a creative practice with a collaboration model at heart, featuring a rotating team of kick-ass designers, developers, copywriters, and artists, who come together to craft visual identities, brand strategies, marketing initiatives, editorials, and multiscript type design. Clients and collaborators have included Adobe, Apple, Google, IDEO, Intel, Monotype, Rosetta, Snoop Dogg, WeWork, YouTube, and others.
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Early bird deadline: November 20, 2020
Regular deadline: January 8, 2021