Type Directors Club Announces TDC55 and TDC2 2009 Results

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News | Yves Peters | February 22, 2009

It’s award season all right. After the announcement of the SND30 winners now it’s the turn of TDC 55 and TDC2 2009. Here is the press release – we’ll post a follow-up with a closer look at the winners.


The fifty-fifth annual international competition, TDC55 this past January was slightly different than in the past. We had an early-bird deadline which many entrants responded to. In a year where many are struggling with finances, the entries were down slightly by 8%.

There was a total of 1733 entries from 33 countries: of the total, 957 (55%) from the U.S. and 776 (45%) from other countries. Total work selected included 215 from 20 countries. Of the total number 97 (45%) from the U.S. and 118 (55%) from other countries. The countries include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan.

Matteo Bologna, Mucca Design, Inc. chaired the TDC55 competition. Mr. Bologna stated that

the quality of the submission was incredible and it was heartbreaking seeing some of those entries being discarded by the judges who had to pick the best amongst the best.

The jury was comprised of

Werner Design Werks, Minneapolis, Minnesota, was the designer of the TDC55 Call for Entries and is currently designing Typography 30 which will be available early December and published by Collins Design, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

TDC2 2009

There was no change in the typeface design competition this year. We received the same number of entries. Of the 163 typefaces entered from 26 countries, 18 were selected. The winning typefaces came from nine countries. 78 % was outside the U.S. The winning typefaces are

  Display Designer Foundry Country
Klimax Bold Ondrej Jób Typotheque The Netherlands
Nebulon Carl Crossgrove USA
Optica Normal Manuel Guerrero Blue Typo Mexico
Orbe Rui Abreu RType Portugal
  Script Display
Adios Script Alejandro Paul Sudtipos Argentina
Montague Script Stephen Rapp USA
Alda Berton Hasebe USA
Copte Scripte Laurent Bourcellier
& Jonathan Perez
Typographies France
Expo Serif Pro Mark Jamra USA
Geneo Stéphane Elbaz France
Ginkgo Alex Rütten Linotype GmbH Germany
Haptic Henning Skibbe Germany
Hardys Kris Sowersby Klim Type Foundry New Zealand
Lirico Hendrik Weber OurType Belgium
Malabar Dan Reynolds Linotype GmbH Germany
Novel Christoph Dunst The Netherlands
Serrano Kris Sowersby Klim Type Foundry New Zealand
  Text System
Cassius Mathieu Réguer France

Fiona Ross, the Typographic Consultant in non-Latin scripts, Lecturer at University of Reading (p/t), and Associate Designer to Tiro Typeworks, chaired TDC2 2009.

I was pleased with the number of entries in what could have been a lean year and by the quality of the work entered. My task was made particularly enjoyable by the first-class team of judges, who each had strong opinions about the material they were judging but who were all in accord with the results.

The jury included

The results of both competitions are posted on the TDC web site.

The Type Directors Club is a non profit professional organization, celebrating over sixty years in the industry. TDC is dedicated to educating its international membership and graphic arts community about type, type design and its myriad of uses in the field of communications.

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1 Comment:

  1. ok, so how do i get Nebulon? it’s been growing on me ever since seeing this post.

    Posted by Simon Robertson on Jun. 30, 2009

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