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  • A’ Design Award & Competition: are you ready to enter the best design battle ever?

    Submissions to the 2019 A’ Design Award & Competition are still open and obviously we want you to participate and register in one of the world's most prestigious and generous competitions.

    Established to promote and recognise the best design works beyond borders and craftsmanship, across literally all creative disciplines, the acclaimed The A’ Design Award & Competition has a noble aim of creating global awareness and understanding for good design practices and principles. 

    The competition highlights the best designs in all countries and all industrial fields and this year your creation could be a winner, literally.

    The largest competition of its kind, the A’ Design Award & Competition offers more than 100 categories to choose from, covering all design bases and industries.

    From the "Limited Edition Design Awards" category for exclusive creations through the "Graphics and Visual Communication Design" for the best symbols, logos, posters and typography the world has to offer, this is a competition that celebrates innovation and good aesthetics. 

    In case your are still wondering where you fit into this global movement of creativity a full list of categories is available here.

    Entries to the competition are peer-reviewed and anonymously evaluated by an influential jury panel of experienced academics, prominent press members and established professionals. It is good to know that unlike other awards, A' Design Award & Competition follows a peer-review process with anonymous voting and evaluation of entries.

    The Laureates of the A’ Design Award & Competition get fame, prestige, recognition, credibility, publicity and international awareness, in addition to a comprehensive and extensive winners’ kit which includes everything you could potentially need to celebrate the success of winning the A’ Design Award. 

    Winners of the A' Design Award are rewarded with extensive and exclusive marketing and communication services that promote their project to design-oriented audiences and influential publications around the globe and the A' Design Award Winners' Kit, the "A' Design Prize", includes the 3D Printed Metal A' Design Award trophy in Black Luxury Box, the annual yearbook which is available in both digital and hardcopy versions (if you are a winner you do get both), printed design excellence certificate in metal frame, free gala-night invitation for two people to the award ceremony which is ideal for networking, free participation and space allocation in the winners' exhibition (both online gallery inclusions as well as physical exhibition in Italy), free sales listing at SaloneDelDesigner, guaranteed publication through IDNN and DXGN Networks to 100+ magazines including Design Interviews & DM Design Magazine and of course a variety of pr and publicity services, world design rankings inclusion and so much more. Check them all here. 

    For your own inspiration, Typeroom has curated a selection of last year’s edition winners in the Graphics and Visual Communication Category to inspire you to submit your own projects to this niche group for the upcoming 2019 A’ Design Award & Competition which is impressive and these are some reasons why.

    Submissions to Typeroom's favorite category are open to both concept stage and realized works of symbols, logos, typography, posters, books and so much more.

    Best projects in this group are selected according to form, functional and emotional aspects of the design; innovation, aesthetic qualities, medium of choice, creativity, usefulness and accessibility are also taken into consideration. Find out more about the Graphics and Visual Communication Category here

    As the deadline for entries to the 2019 A’ Design Award & Competition is February 28 this is your almost last chance to nominate your design and be one of the great few who are destined to change the world so register here.

    Stay tuned to Typeroom, as a selections of winners will be featured on our platform on April 15. Could it be you?

    A' Design Award aims to provide a global audience for award winners to showcase their success and talents to. The A' Design  Award and Competition aims to act as blender; to bring together designers, companies, the audience and the press, it aims to highlight good products, services, and creators alike. Be part of this team and register till the 28th of February here

    TEDxUniversityofGuilan Visual Identity by Nima Rahimiha & Mohammad Hossein Naghibi, Silver A' Design Award 2018 for Graphics and Visual Communication Design

    Chinese Concept font Chinese character image, Font aesthetics by Wu Xuandong, Bronze A' Design Award 2018 for Graphics and Visual Communication Design

    Moon Two Tactile Font by Kegan Greenfield, Silver A' Design Award 2018 for Graphics and Visual Communication Design

    Likaisong Typeface by Chenglong Tao, Bronze A' Design Award 2018 for Graphics and Visual Communication Design

    Anti-Glitch Foundation Corporate Identity by Papanapa, Gold A' Design Award 2018 for Graphics and Visual Communication Design

    1000TON Typeface by Chenglong Tao, Bronze A' Design Award 2018 for Graphics and Visual Communication Design

    Alphabet experimental Exploration, Design, Logo, Letterforms by Julien Perraudin, Iron A' Design Award 2018 for Graphics and Visual Communication Design

    The Heart Sutra Poster by Zhang Xuwei, Iron A' Design Award 2018 for Graphics and Visual Communication Design

    Met Bookshop VI Design by Lulu Zhao and Genle Zhu, Bronze A' Design Award 2018 for Graphics and Visual Communication Design

    Ink Stone Promotion of poster design by Zhu Rineng, Silver A' Design Award 2018 for Graphics and Visual Communication Design


  • With a focus on diversity TypeCon is seeking proposals for this year's conference

    TypeCon 2019, one of the largest conferences centered around the typographic and lettering arts has big news for us all. TC19 has just announced this year’s Call for Programming

    This year’s conference will take place from August 28th – September 1st, in Minneapolis, Minnesota and The Society of Typographic Aficionados is accepting proposals for its 2019 TypeCon conference at the Hilton Minneapolis. 

    As one of the largest and most diverse US events for typographic and lettering professionals, SOTA is seeking dynamic individuals with a background in type, calligraphy, lettering, and similar creative arts to share their expertise with conference-goers in a friendly and accommodating environment.

    Submissions on any topic relevant to typography, lettering and design are welcomed, and may include a description of recent research or discoveries, an analysis of specific challenges facing the industry, or any other presentation that would benefit the larger type and lettering community.

    “I’m proud that TypeCon is an open, exciting, and friendly community of people who love letters. We’re committed to amplifying and showcasing traditionally underrepresented communities in type. First-time speakers are especially welcome!” says Mary Catherine Pflug, SOTA Vice Chair. 

    Open presentation opportunities include 20 minute talks, 20 minute Education Forum presentations, and a limited number of hands-on workshop sessions. Selected speakers will receive a number of benefits including complimentary admission to the main TypeCon program, as well as the opportunity to engage directly with industry insiders.

    All proposals are due no later than March 1st, 2019. To submit a proposal, or learn more about becoming a TypeCon 2019 speaker, visit

    The Society of Typographic Aficionados is the nation’s premier not-for-profit association of typographic professionals and educators. 

    Founded in 1995, SOTA is dedicated to increasing accessibility and awareness in the typographic and lettering arts, both within the United States and abroad. Each year, the Society organizes TypeCon: a conference centered around typography, lettering, calligraphy and graphic design. For more information about TypeCon and SOTA, visit and

  • Insights galore! Monotype presents The 2018 Font Purchasing Habits Survey results

    Mary Catherine Pflug is passionate about the type industry and the graphic designers who use fonts. For her "type design is a multi-faceted business, and today selling fonts is more than just design" therefore her "2018 Font Purchasing Habits survey" for Monotype is an insightful treasure for thought.

    Pflug's survey was sponsored by 10 other companies, consisted of 56 questions related to font preferences and purchasing habits, polled 15,745 creative professionals around the world and its goal is loud and clear. “What do customers really want?”

    According to the survey, the first thing font customers care about are the numbers of styles in a font family (82%) followed by number of glyphs (42%).

    When surveyed regarding font evaluation, customers want to see the entire character set (89%), type out their own words and phrases (77%), see if the font has alternates and ligatures (56%), and want to have the option to select and compare fonts with each other (53%).

    55% of respondents answered that they purchase 1 to 10 individual fonts in a year on average, 21% of them use OpenType features in fonts and most of them spent between $100 and $249 on fonts for either themselves or a client or organization in the last year. 

    As for the variable fonts some type education is needed. 36% of the creatives surveyed have never heard of variable fonts. The full results were announced at TypeCon 2018 and make sure to spend some serious learning time in the the full, extensive report here.

  • #TGIIF: The only Instagram account to follow this Friday is @guidodeboer

    Inspiration is just the beginning upon "entering" Guido de Boer's instagram account. 

    The Dutch designer and teacher at the Graphic Design department of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) and this 30 year old creative is on a mission to spread the art of the letterform in any way possible. 

    Guido de Boer graduated as graphic designer in 2011 at the University of the Arts in Utrecht (HKU). Right after his studies he started to work as independent graphic designer and artist. 

    "Guido’s tools are letters, which he almost always makes by hand. So, themes as spontaneity, directness and imperfection always appears in his work. With his collective High on Type he organised several Type- and Calligraphy events and traveled through a number of non-Latin-writing-countries to teach and learn about other letterforms" notes his resume. His Instagram tells us so much more. 

    Explore his work here

    Images @guidodeboer

  • GBH.London gives SailGP the dazzling sans-serif rebranding it deserves

    "If your mind is open, we will move mountains to work with you" is GBH's statement in the company's website, yet in their latest project the fearless creatives of GBH sailed away with a brand new dazzling visual identity for SailGP.

    The international sailing race in which athletes from different nations compete at high speeds in various locations across the world aims to make the sport more accessible to a wider audience. In exact the same spirit GBH.London decided to push the event into a brand new typographic route with an all-capitals logo in the sans-serif typeface Founders Grotesk by Klim Type Foundry

    This bold, seriously very contemporary visual language of the event which kicks off next month in Australia is already riding the biggest waves in typography as it shifts the old tranditional narrative of what sailing is all about across multiple platforms, both print and digital. 

    The game has been upgraded in dazzling ways and GBH.London is for the win.

    Images via GBH.London