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protoType – Experimental Typeface Design Competition

The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) is organizing protoType, a competition and exhibition of the most innovative ideas in type design.

The aims is to promote not only innovative fonts but essentially the speculative ideas behind them, in order to amplify their relevance to future design efforts, enriching the cultural landscape.

The typefaces selected for inclusion in protoType will be exhibited during TypeCon 2016 — scheduled for 24-28 August 2016 in Seattle — and have specimens published online, with the further possibility of being part of a traveling exhibition. In addition TypeCon will publish an explanatory video of one overall winner chosen by the jury.

A submitted design does not necessarily have to be an installable font, although the practical usability of a typeface may be taken into consideration by the jurors (who may request additional information to that end).

Participation is limited to three (3) submissions per entrant.

There is no eligibility timeframe for the submitted typeface designs.