Communication Design Categories

  • Identity

    Always a series entry. If sending printed samples they must be mounted (see mounting instructions). Not to exceed six selected, representative items, e.g. logos/trademarks, stationery, envelopes, folders, identity manuals, photographs of signage, but not posters or packaging.

  • Logos/Trademarks/Symbols

    Include firm or institution name and, if necessary, a one-sentence description on the front bottom of the entry (not on the Entry Form). Maximum size: 11 × 17 inches (28 × 43cm). Photostats, computer prints or printed versions are acceptable.

  • Miscellaneous

    announcements, invitations, cards, menus, etc. —Invitations may include response card and envelope. Additional pieces constitute a series entry.

  • Mixed Series

    A series entry (which can be mixed with digital items) two more typographically and conceptually related items pertaining to different print and/or digital media categories.

  • Packaging

    Two or more items in one photograph comprise a series entry.

  • Posters

    If entering a printed poster you may ship either flat or rolled.
    DO NOT SEND DIGITAL FILES IF YOU ARE SUBMITTING PRINTED POSTERS.

  • Self-Promotion

    Any work to promote yourself or design firm/agency.

  • T-Shirts/Apparel

    All formats are eligible.

  • Web sites

    For judging submit one of the following:
    1. Screen captures of 2-4 representative screens
    2. A short video showing the key screens or animation.
    3. URL

  • Apps

    For judging submit one of the following:
    1. Screen captures of 2-4 representative screens
    2. A short video showing the key screens or animation.
    3. The Android or iOS app file.

  • Other (Banners, Email, Kiosks, DVD Interface, Presentations, other)

    All formats are eligible.

  • Movie Titles — Feature Films

    1. Opening Titles
    2. Visual Design
    3. End Credits

    All submissions should be uploaded to a video site (ex. Vimeo.com) and the link to the video submitted for entry. Files may be sent in QuickTime format, 1280 × 720 with h.264 codec, using a file transfer service (Dropbox.com, WeTransfer.com or similar services).

  • Motion — TV Shows

    1. Opening Titles
    2. Visual Design
    3. End Credits

    All submissions should be uploaded to a video site (ex. Vimeo.com) and the link to the video submitted for entry. Files may be sent in QuickTime format, 1280 × 720 with h.264 codec, using a file transfer service (Dropbox.com, WeTransfer.com or similar services).

  • Motion — Online Titles, Live Events

    All submissions should be uploaded to a video site (ex. Vimeo.com) and the link to the video submitted for entry. Files may be sent in QuickTime format, 1280 × 720 with h.264 codec, using a file transfer service (Dropbox.com, WeTransfer.com or similar services).

  • Motion — Unscreened work/Experimental

    All submissions should be uploaded to a video site (ex. Vimeo.com) and the link to the video submitted for entry. Files may be sent in QuickTime format, 1280 × 720 with h.264 codec, using a file transfer service (Dropbox.com, WeTransfer.com or similar services).

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Student Category

Eligibility

Enter unpublished student work designed for a class assignment in 2019. Entries must have been produced during 2019 as an assignment, under the supervision of an instructor. Submissions can be by anyone associated with the entry. Work designed for the TDC and by the Chair and Judges is ineligible.

No identification of designer/submitter (e.g. business cards) may be attached to front or back of print entries, other than official Entry Forms.

A one-sentence description of the assignment and the name of the school and the instructor MUST be included on the front bottom of the entry, not the entry form. If entering in digital form, attach a text document with your one-sentence description.

Judging

All student entries will be judged by the Communication Design Judges and judged side-by-side with the professional entries.

Cash Prize

In addition to being included as winners in the TDC competition’s world-traveling show, the TDC’s website, and The World’s Best Typography annual publication, judges will select a Student First Prize, Second Prize, and Third Prize. These top three honors each come with a cash prize of the following amounts:

Student First Prize
$1000 usd
Student Second Prize
$500 usd
Student Third Prize
$300 usd

Please note: Students are welcome to enter either personal or paid work (work NOT created for a class assignment) into the Communication Design Competition in the Professional category or the 23rd Annual Typeface Design Competition. Please see the corresponding RULES section for a complete list of competition guidelines.