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The TDC 69th Annual Competition

The Type Directors Club, the world’s leading typography organization and part of The One Club for Creativity, is calling for entries, for its 69th Annual Competition.

Previously divided into two competitions, one each for Communications Design and Typeface Design, the program is now a single competition under this year’s umbrella of TDC69, consisting of three disciplines: Type Design, Typography, and, for the first time, Lettering.

Winners of TDC69 receive a Certificate of Typographic Excellence and digital seal certifying their work is among the world’s best of the year. Winning work will also be featured in the highly respected TDC Annual, The World’s Best Typography®, and showcased in eight exhibitions that travel to museums, schools and design organizations around the world.

The new dedicated discipline for Lettering is for work where the letters were created or modified. This includes contemporary lettering, traditional calligraphy, sign painting, wordmarks and custom logos, digital or analogue distortions, eccentric display typefaces, and more. This new discipline has its own dedicated jury, made up of some of the world’s leading lettering practitioners and experts.

The Type Design discipline is for entries showcasing the design of typefaces. New this year, it also allows for entries of any thematically applicable code or software, such as software for creating or generating type.

The third discipline, Typography, is the broadest one. It encompasses any design or creation that uses type, lettering, or written language as a significant element, and is an expansion of what was previously the TDC Communications Design discipline. Typography includes graphic design, UI/UX, environmental design or architecture with typographic elements, film, animation and motion design, social media campaigns, new media, and anything else where typography is used.

Eligible work must have been produced or published in the 2022 calendar year.

The TDC competition regularly receives entries from more than 60 countries. To make TDC69 as accessible as possible on a global level, the organization is offering significant regional discounts on entry fees.

More details are available on both competitions can be found on the entry site.

The TDC 69th Annual Competition – Entry Fees

Entry fees start at $35 USD and vary depending on the submission deadline.