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2010 STA Student Poster Competition

The Society of Typographic Arts (STA) is pleased to announce its competition for the 2010 STA Student Poster Competition.

Since 1927, The Society of Typographic Arts has been and continues to be a vital participant in the Chicago design community by sponsoring seminars and conferences, developing publications, presenting diverse events and supporting design education.

The annual competition is presented to promising design students who demonstrate a significant understanding of the principles of design and visual communication.


Poster theme: Typography as meta communication

Meta – is a prefix used to express a higher, deeper, symbolic or more complex meaning. For example, the metaphor “dense as a jungle” indicates teeming with vegetation, but it also indicates complicated, tangled or difficult to understand. While physics describes the physical arrangement of the world, metaphysics describes the spiritual or cosmological significance of the world. Meta – points in many directions – to a concept, an explanation, a definition, an example, just to name a few.

Specifications: 24 in. x 36 in. vertical poster submitted as a PDF.


The Society of Typographic Arts (STA) will reproduce the top posters (at 24 in. x 36 in.) and invite all scholarship entrants to an upcoming event where winning posters will be revealed.

There will be two winning posters selected. The winning posters and any Honorable Mention posters will be inducted into the competition section of the Chicago Design Archive.

There will be two Jack Weiss Founder Scholarship Awards granted this year, worth $500 each.


  • Entrants must be a registered college student.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • One poster per entrant is allowed.

How to enter?

Submit your posters through the 2010 STA Student Poster Competition’s official website.

Questions can be directed to president [at] (please replace [at] with @).

Entry fee

There is a $10 submission fee, payable via PayPal.