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Awards: 75 in APAC win in Type Directors Club competitions

NEW YORK, USA — The Type Directors Club, the world’s leading typography organization, announced the winners for its two premiere global professional awards programs — TDC68 Communication Design and 25TDC Typeface Design competitions — and the Young Ones TDC student awards, including 62 professionals and 13 students in Australia, China, India, Japan, Macao SAR, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

TDC68 Communication Design recognizes how letterforms are used, honoring typographic excellence and innovation along with the art and craft of typography and design. 25TDC Typeface Design focuses on how letterforms are drawn, celebrating new typeface designs worldwide. All of this year’s winning work can be viewed on the winners showcase.

China led the way in the region with 35 TDC68 and 25TDC certificate wins, including two each for Bytoby Hangzhou, Mint Brand Design Beijing, Ten Buttons Guangzhou and By-Enjoy Fujian.


India had six winners in the professional competitions, with two going to Novel New Delhi. Japan also had six winners, including two for SHA inc. Tokyo, both for “YouFab Global Creative Awards 2021” on behalf of YouFab.

Macau SAR had four professional winners, including two for Indego Design Macau. New Zealand also has four, with two in 25TDC going to Klim Type Foundry Auckland, one each for “The Epicene Collection” and “The Mānuka Collection.”

M-N Associates Ho Chi Minh City picked up all three of the professional wins for Vietnam, all for “Spark the new ‘Choy’?” on behalf of PetChoy.

Taiwan had three professional wins, Australia and South Korea had two wins each, and Philippines had one.

In the Young Ones TDC student competition, there were 11 winners in China — including three by Shanghai University Of Engineering Science — and two for South Korea.

Globally, Pentagram New York led the way with seven TDC68 Certificates of Typographic Excellence wins, followed by The New York Times Magazine with four. The Hague-based Typotheque was the top 25TDC Typeface Design winner with three certificates, one each for Greta Armenian, Lava Syllabics and November Tamil.

Entries for all the competitions were received from 63 countries. There were 202 winners from 36 countries in TDC68, 29 winners from 13 countries for 25TDC, and 58 winners from nine countries in this year’s Young Ones TDC student awards. Winners represent 36 countries, with the US leading the way with 66, followed by China with 35, Germany with 24, Switzerland with 11 and Netherlands with 10.

Winners were selected by a diverse jury of 27 leading designers from a dozen countries, reflecting TDC’s ongoing commitment to increase the level of diversity and representation in all aspects of its programming, membership, and on its Advisory Board.

TDC68 and 25TDC winners receive a TDC Certificate of Typographic Excellence and digital tag certifying their work is among the world’s best of the year. Winning work will be featured in the highly respected TDC Annual, The World’s Best Typography® and showcased exhibits that travel to museums, schools, and design organizations around the world.

TDC will unveil this year’s Best of Show and Judge’s Choice winners on July 13, 2022, at the opening of its annual exhibition of winning work at 41 Cooper Square Art Gallery at Cooper Union in New York. The exhibition will then travel to 20 cities in seven countries.

TDC68 and 25TDC competitions were supported by a striking branding campaign designed by TDC member Tereza Bettinardi, based in São Paulo, which creatively explores the “counterspaces” or inner parts of letters. Typefaces for the campaign were Proxy by Commercial Type and ABC Laica by Dinamo, both of which were generously donated by the foundries.

Established in 1946 in New York, TDC celebrates and amplifies the power of typography and serves as a global community united by the shared belief that type drives culture and culture drives type. The competition was established in 1955.

This year marks the second edition of these typography awards competitions since the announcement of TDC’s merger with The One Club for Creativity, the world’s foremost nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and celebrate the global creative community.

The One Club for Creativity, producer of The One Show, ADC Annual Awards, Type Directors Club Communication Design and Typeface Design awards, Young Guns and Creative Week,  is the world’s foremost non-profit organization whose mission is to support and celebrate the global creative community.  The One Show is a top global awards show for advertising, design and digital marketing, focusing on the creativity of ideas and quality of execution.  Established in 1921, the global ADC Annual Awards are the world’s longest continuously running creative award for advertising and design, honoring excellence in craft, design and innovation.  Creative Week takes place in May, and is the preeminent festival celebrating the intersection of advertising and the arts.

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