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2019 Typography Contest: Communication Arts

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Because we love art as much as you do, we are constantly on the lookout for contests where you can demonstrate your talents, as well as finding potential new artists to highlight on our website for celebrating art and displaying art for purchase. If you are an art major, a working artist or someone who is interested in creating and designing using words, the 2019 Typography Contest sponsored by Communication Arts is open for entries until September 7, 2018.

Communication Arts, founded in Menlo Park, California, is the largest trade journal for the arts represented by graphic design, photography, illustration, interactive media and advertising. The magazine will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of its founding in 2019. The competitions reflect the mission of the magazine, which is to celebrate commercial artists in different forms other than painting or sculpture.  

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The Competition

The typography competition has two categories: one for working artists, and one for students who have not yet graduated from a postsecondary school. Winners are selected through the use of a jury, who will select pieces done between September 2017 and September 2018. Categories considered by the jury include typography as the design itself, typography as a part of an advertisement or typography used in an advertising campaign. Entries can also be juried if they are new typeface designs. Calligraphy and hand lettering pieces are also eligible.

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Categories

All of the categories eligible to be used for judging are:

·        Advertising: which can be represented by posters, prints, and any advertising circulars including direct mail.

·        Brochures of any type

·        Posters of any time, including posters advertising a concert or other performances

·        Typography used in invitations or announcements

·        Creative Packaging

·        Books covers and book jackets, as well as the use of illustrations and typography within the book itself. Periodicals can also be entered.

·        Digital Media typography and illustrations, which can include applications, websites, and blogs

·        Logos and trademarks used in business design of papers, packaging and other business products

·        Typography used in movie design or animations.

·        New, commercially developed typefaces

·        Calligraphy or hand lettering used commercially

·        Unpublished or experimental work

·        Student Work: work created for school assignments.

·        Advertising: print/out-of-home advertising, advertising posters, direct mail, etc.

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Winners are featured in the Communication Arts Typography Annual, in both print and on the web. Because Communication Arts is a well-respected publication, one of the perks for winners of the contest is the exposure of their art to a wider audience, not just in the United States but around the world. The winner also receives a plaque to display. Past winners of the Typography Contest have had their work in art galleries and have gone on to show their work in showings across the country.

If you are interested in entering the Communication Arts Typography Contest, and perhaps have your work featured on websites dedicated to art and artists, be sure you have your entry formatted and entered by September 7, 2018. For more information about the contest, please visit https://www.commarts.com/competition/2019-typography.

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