Global type comp entry call

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NEW YORK, Today: The Type Directors Club has opened the call for entries for the third edition of its global Ascenders competition, celebrating international typographers, letterers, and type designers age 35 and under. A Kiwi was a winner in 2019 (scroll down for a Q+A with Milk NZ design director Anthony Hos).

Ascenders is a portfolio-based competition dedicated to type in all its versatile forms, and the inspiring up and coming designers — individuals or duos — who are elevating the medium.  

Entrants submit six projects with short descriptions, as well as a statement of their role in the project’s creation, and a list of individual credits where applicable.  

Entries are now being accepted, with entry fees increasing after the regular deadline of April 30. The extended deadline is on May 31, and winners will be announced in July.


“Confirmed speakers include Wael Morcos (New York), Fer Cozzi (Buenos Aires) Albert Trulls (Barcelona), Mark de Winne (Singapore), Loris Olivier (Seoul), and Anthony Hos (New Zealand).”

In order to make Ascenders more affordable around the globe, TDC is offering a three-tier price structure with steep discounts based on the country where the entrant is located.

This year’s entries will be judged by a diverse jury of global leaders in the field, including some past Ascenders winners.

TDC, part of The One Club for Creativity, will host a series of online events April 21-23 for different regions around the world in the lead up to the submission deadline, where past Ascenders winners will discuss the programme and the trajectory of their careers.

Confirmed speakers include Wael Morcos (New York, 2018), Fer Cozzi (Buenos Aires, 2018) Albert Trulls (Barcelona, 2018), Mark de Winne (Singapore, 2018), Loris Olivier (Seoul, 2019), and Anthony Hos (New Zealand, 2019), with more to be announced.

This year’s Ascenders call for entries branding campaign and award are designed by Zipeng Zhu, founder, creative director at Dazzle Studios, Brooklyn, with additional custom lettering by Tien-Min Liao.


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