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2013 Typography Annual

We saw a boost in entries for our third Typography Annual, especially in the identity, packaging and poster categories. Again, we were pleased with the international nature of the submissions and 21 countries are represented in the final selections.

“The quality level was high, across the board,” juror Gail Anderson said. “There were no duds—excellent posters, and strong editorial work dominated.”

“I was incredibly impressed with the quality of entries in the competition,” juror Jessica Hische said. “It was definitely tough to narrow it down from everything that was submitted.”

"As someone who is generally focused on typographic minutia and form/counterform, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the more playful lettering and alphabets that took a completely different approach from my own,” juror Jesse Ragan said. “Most of all, I was very pleased to see such unbridled enthusiasm and energy for making letters.

"Editorial designers are shifting the weight of visual communication from traditional illustration to illustrative lettering. It follows that the lines between illustration and lettering are getting less clear."

For the next generation of type designers, Hische said, "The future is bright and will be packed with designers that learned how to draw with vectors not long after learning to draw with crayons. We just have to make sure they value the work that they do and do their part to keep the industry alive and well."

"Something in the air lately has empowered a wide range of people to try their hand at lettering, and we saw some beautiful and unexpected results in the entries."
— Jesse Ragan
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2013 Typography Annual

This year our distinguished panel of jurors selected 154 winning projects from 1934 entries.

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2013 Typography Annual : FEATURED PROJECT

"Gira Sans is my personal take on the Grotesque model. I looked for inspiration in the early sans serifs of the ... more

Rui Abreu (Lisbon, Portugal), designer Fountain Type, foundry