TDC Launches TDC67 and 24TDC Awards

TDC Launches TDC67 and 24TDC Awards

Call for Emerging, Early Career, and World-Renowned Typographic Talents

Author: JAM

Established in 1946 in New York, The Type Directors Club—the world’s leading typography organization—celebrates and amplifies the power of typography and serves as a global community united by the shared belief that type drives culture and culture drives type. This year marks the first editions of  typography awards competitions since the announcement of TDC’s merger with The One Club for Creativity, the world’s foremost nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and celebrate the global creative community.

The TDC has opened the call for entries and announced diverse juries for its two premiere global awards programs: TDC67 Communication Design and 24TDC Typeface Design competitions in support of emerging, early career, and world-renowned typographic talent. “This year’s competitions will be more exciting due to the wider audience reach as a result of the merger,” said Carol Wahler, TDC executive director. “We expect to see many new, creative and innovative uses of typography.”

This year’s competition of the TDC67, now in its 67th year, is all about how letterforms are used, recognizing typographic excellence and innovation along with the art and craft of typography and design. 24TDC, in its 24th year, focuses on how letterforms are drawn, and celebrates new typeface designs in all global languages. Both competitions have professional and student categories, and receive entries from more than 60 countries.

To be eligible, work must have been produced or published in the 2020 calendar year. Early bird deadline for entry is November 20th, 2020, with final deadline January 8th, 2021. More details on both competitions can be found on the entry site. TDC67 and 24TDC winners receive a Certificate of Typographic Excellence and digital tag certifying their work is among the world’s best of the year. Winning work will be featured in the highly respected TDC Annual, The World’s Best Typography and showcased in an exhibition that is displayed at The Cooper Union in New York. In the student categories, three students for TDC67 and one for 24TDC will win monetary awards.

“For 74 years, TDC has been the world’s leading typography organization with a rich heritage of fostering and celebrating excellence in the field,” said Kevin Swanepoel, CEO, The One Club. “We are thrilled to now be a part of these prestigious awards competitions, and will provide the resources and infrastructure to broaden and grow their visibility in the global creative community.”

This year’s awards competitions reflect TDC’s commitment to ensure diversity within its juries and Board. The launch is supported by a captivating branding campaign designed by TDC67 jury chair Juan Carlos Pagan and his team at Sunday Afternoon. He and his team developed a design system, and a quirky custom typeface with letter-forms that embrace each other in fun, unconventional ways. They paired it with Geograph, a geometric sans serif from Klim Type Foundry. Pagan, who currently works out of Valencia, Spain and is a past winner of both TDC’s Ascenders and The One Club’s Young Guns eleven competitions recognizing young creatives.

TDC Launches TDC67 and 24TDC Awards

Deadlines: January 8th, 2021 (Regular Deadline),  February 5th, 2021 (Extended Deadline plus Late Fees Apply)
TDC67 Communication Design Jury: Juan Carlos Pagan (Chair), Marta Cerda Alimbau, Leandro Assis, Joyce N. Ho, Leland Maschmeyer, Jason Ramirez, Penguin Publishing Group, Jason Sfetko
24TDC Typeface Design Jury: Ksenya Samarsakya (Chair), Agyei Archer, Peter Bil’ak, Nadine Chahine, Sandra Garcia, Noel Leu, Ryoko Nishizuka
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TDC Launches TDC67 and 24TDC Awards

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