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The awards come as easier typeface software and better browser capabilities enable the release of dozens of fonts each week.
According to TDC President Graham Clifford, “More and more people are producing fonts, but I don’t know if the quality is as good as it should be.” The awards are a way of determining what good typography design is in a newfound glut of typography. Of the submissions, he said that there aren’t any obvious trends, but “the overall quality of work is of a very good standard.”
Eleven judges picked 215 communication design winners and 14 typeface design winners out of 2,000 entries hailing from 33 countries, for an eclectic and lively exhibition. Winners included a range of typographers, from students to esteemed foundries.
Below, we’ve reprinted some of the winning entries.
Best in Show went to this poster by Armin Vit from Austin Design Firm UnderConsideration:
The winner expressed his gratitude in the below (quite funny) video acceptance speech. Enjoy!
Student Best in Show went to Stanley Xing Chen of the Art Center College of Design.
Some typface winners:
For designers, these typography winners show where the best and brightest in the field of typography are heading with their font designs. For everyone else, TDC59 shows some more beautiful writing on the wall and on the web.
For a full list of the winners:
Rani Molla has a digital media master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School and is the editorial producer at GigaOM. She’s a journalism reader, writer, photographer, videographer, data visualizer and general doer. Follow her on Twitter.