We host annual competitions in support of emerging, early career, and world-renowned typographic talent, showcasing each year’s winning work in an exhibition at New York’s Cooper Union. After their initial debut, exhibitions travel to museums, schools, and design organizations around the US and 50 cities in 20 countries across the globe.

Winning work is honored in the pages of our beautifully designed annuals, distributed to TDC members worldwide.

Students are encouraged to enter the Communication and Typeface Design competitions. We offer a separate category for student submissions.

Communication Design

Our signature competition, established in 1953, regularly attracts upwards of 2,000 submissions from 50+ countries.

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Typeface Design

Created in 1998, the Typeface Design competition recognizes work from independent designers, agencies and foundries.

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Ascenders Competition

Our newest competition, Ascenders, honors type-based portfolios of designers who are 35 years of age and under.

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