These two groups of judges will decide which work represents the World’s Best Typography in January 2020.
Everyone who enters the competition before midnight, December 13 will have the opportunity for their work to be considered by this diverse group of international designers. The group will convene in New York City at Fordham University in January 2020 to review a wide range of design – typefaces, books, book jackets, posters, magazines, identities, exhibitions, apparel, websites, film and TV titles, and packaging.
23TDC TYPEFACE DESIGN JUDGES
Maria Doreuli, Contrast Foundry
Maria Doreuli is a creative director at Contrast Foundry, an independent studio that specializes in creating unique typographic voices. When she’s not sketching and drawing type at the studio, she is running various workshops and teaching.
Greg Gazdowicz, Commercial Type
Greg Gazdowicz hails from the suburbs of Gaithersburg, Maryland. He escaped to study at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he found his deep passion for graphic design, type design, and cycling. Greg has worked as a graphic designer at branding studios, start-ups and non-profits before working in the field of typeface design, and he completed the Type@Cooper Extended program in 2014.
Laura Meseguer, Type-Ø-Tones
Laura Meseguer is a freelance designer, typographer, and type designer based in Barcelona, working on both commercial work and personal projects. Her studio specializes in a wide range of typography projects, including lettering for monograms and logotypes, custom typefaces, and book design. She designs and produces typefaces that are distributed through her digital type foundry, Type-Ø-Tones. Some of her typefaces, such as Rumba, Lalola, and QanGus, received special recognition by the Type Directors Club.
Laura teaches type design and typography in Barcelona, and runs workshops and gives talks throughout the world. She is the author of TypoMag: Typography In Magazines and co-authored the book How to Create Typefaces: From Sketch to Screen with Cristobal Henestrosa and Jose Scaglione. Written in Spanish, this book has been translated into Polish, Portuguese, English, and Chinese.
Wael Morcos, Morcos Key
Wael Morcos is a graphic designer and type designer from Beirut, Lebanon and founder of Morcos Key, a Brooklyn-based studio. At Morcos Key, he leads projects with arts and cultural institutions, non-profits, and commercial enterprises in North America and the Middle East. Wael has been featured in Print Magazine’s 15 under 30, was named a Young Gun by the Art Directors Club, and an Ascender by the Type Directors Club.
TDC66 COMMUNICATION DESIGN JUDGES
Rebecca Gimenez, IA Collaborative
Rebecca Gimenez is an award-winning designer, truth seeker, servant leader, and evangelist for human-centered design. As Design Group Director at innovation consultancy IA Collaborative, Rebecca leads high performance teams to tackle complex and systemic design challenges—creating business-defining products, strategies, and experiences for clients such as Nike, Airbnb, and FedEx. Whether she’s leading a service design transformation initiative at Airbnb or launching FedEx’s digital design language and serving as the company’s enterprise-wide design steward, Rebecca is equal parts creative force and trusted strategic advisor. Prior to joining IA, Rebecca established the design team at the Whitney Museum of American Art and led the institutional rebrand, designed by the Amsterdam-based design firm Experimental Jetset. Rebecca has served as adjunct faculty at Parsons School of Design and as a visiting critic at Yale University, Columbia School of Architecture, and the School of Visual Arts. She holds an MFA in Graphic Design from the Yale School of Art.
Min Lew, Base Design
Min Lew, a partner and creative director of Base, spans the spectrum between design, strategy, and management. She has helped to build personality-driven brands for an eclectic range of clients such as MoMA, The New York Times, JFK Terminal 4, Meatpacking District, Neuehouse, Facebook, Coca-Cola, Gagosian Gallery, Milk, Museum of Sex, L’Oreal, Pantone, Wellesley College, and Kanye West.
A graduate of Yale University’s MFA program, Min is an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts and a guest critic at Parsons School of Design. She also served as a board member of the AIGA/NY and on the steering committee of NYCxDESIGN, and often speaks at design conferences. Both Min’s work and her thoughts on design and branding have been featured in such publications as The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, Adweek, Creativity, Creative Review, Surface, Fast Company, and others.
Alex Lin, Studio Lin
Alex Lin is the founder and director of Studio Lin. Alex holds an MFA from Yale University and has taught at Parsons and University of the Arts. In 2016 and 2018, Studio Lin was nominated for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards.
Silas Munro, Poly-Mode
Silas Munro engages multi-modal practices that inspire people to elevate themselves and improve society. Munro’s design studio Poly-Mode has designed identities and publications for exhibitions of Jacob Lawrence at MoMA, Mark Bradford at the Venice Biennale, and future commissions, Great Force for the ICA at VCU in 2019 and Willi Smith: Street Couture for Cooper Hewitt in 2020. Munro’s writing appears in Slanted, the Walker Reader, and the book W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America. He is particularly interested in the often unaddressed post-colonial relationship between design and marginalized communities. Munro has shown in juried group shows at CalArts and RISD. He has served as a critic at CalArts, MICA, VCU, and Yale. Munro is Assistant Professor at Otis College of Art and Design and Advisor and Chair Emeritus at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He has earned a Design fellowship at the Walker Art Center, been a Designer-in-Residence at NC State, and Design Director at Housing Works.
Dori Tunstall, Ontario College of Art and Design University
Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall is a design anthropologist, public intellectual, and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture, and design. As Dean of Design at OCAD, Dori is the first black and black female dean of a faculty of design. She leads the Cultures-Based Innovation Initiative focused on using old ways of knowing to drive innovation processes that directly benefit communities.
With a global career, Dori served as Associate Professor of Design Anthropology and Associate Dean at Swinburne University in Australia. She wrote the biweekly column Un-Design for The Conversation Australia. In the United States, she taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She organized the United States National Design Policy Initiative and served as a director of Design for Democracy. Industry positions included UX strategist for Sapient Corporation and Arc Worldwide. Dori holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University and a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.
Eva Wendel, Neue Gestaltung
Eva Wendel is principal and creative director of Neue Gestaltung, an independent design company in Berlin, Germany. Eva has been working with her partner, Pit Stenkhoff, since 1995. Together, they founded Neue Gestaltung in 2000. Their work is recognized for its passionate use of typography and its clear and distinctive visual language. Neue Gestaltung has won numerous awards.
With a strong focus on art direction, editorial design, corporate identity and innovative digital applications, Neue Gestaltung engages in both cultural and commercial projects.Using form, color, type and code they create unique visual narratives that accentuate and strengthen the credibility and values of their clients.
Neue Gestaltung: Website
Helen Yentus, Riverhead Books
Helen Yentus is vice president and art director of Riverhead Books. She has been designing book covers for over 15 years. Her work has been recognized by the AIGA, the Society of Illustrators, the Type Directors Club, and The London Design Museum. She has been named as one of PRINT Magazine’s “20 under 30” and has received an Art Director’s Club Silver Award of Art + Craft in Advertising and Design. Her work has been featured in various design publications and most recently her covers for Albert Camus were included in Taschen’s The History of Graphic Design, Vol 2.
Find out more about the competitions and categories here. The deadline for entries is midnight, December 13. After this date, higher entry fees will be applied to late entries received before January 11, 2020.