Six in MENA Win in Type Directors Club TDC67 and 24TDC Awards
Posted on 2021 May,10

Five professionals and a student in Iran, Israel and Turkey are among the winners revealed by the Type Directors Club, the world’s renowned typography organization and part of The One Club for Creativity, for its two premiere global awards programs: TDC67 Communication Design and 24TDC Typeface Design competitions.

There were three prestigious TDC67 Certificate winners from Turkey.  Alp Eren Tekin Istanbul won for “Bağimsiz Çarşamba Movies Event” movie posters for Kadir Has University Cinema Club. 

Lom Creative Istanbul won for “Women's Classics” for Can Publishing in Book Jackets - Campaign.  Student Ruslan Abbas at ROOM Studio Istanbul received the Certificate for “Tannhäuser Display Typeface Specimen”.

A 24TDC Certificate went to Reza Bakhtiarifard and Omid Emamian, both in Tehran, for “Vazeh Classic Quranic Typeface” on behalf of Ofogh Rooydad Co.  

Michal Sahar, Michal Sahar Studio Tel Aviv also received a 24TDC Certificate for “Hebrew/Latin Extended Type Family”.

Entries were received this year from 57 countries.  A total of 274 TDC Certificates — 254 for TDC67 and 20 for 24TDC — representing 39 countries were unveiled in a special winners showcase.

Top global winners this year were COLLINS New York and San Francisco and Pentagram New York and London, each with eight TDC Certificates. The New York Times Magazine with seven Certificates.

“Opening the competitions following several months of hardship, unemployment and lost clients created a lot of uncertainty,” said Elizabeth Carey Smith, TDC past-president and chair of its Advisory Board.  “But as we found out, people channeled that uncertainty in incredibly creative, expressive ways, and we’re so proud of all the work submitted.  As an organization that strives to recognize typography all over the world, we’re also delighted this year to have entries from nearly 60 countries.”

TDC67, now in its 67th year, is all about how letterforms are used, recognizing typographic excellence and innovation along with the art and craft of typography and design.  24TDC, in its 24th year, focuses on how letterforms are drawn, and celebrates new typeface designs in all global languages.  Both competitions have professional and student categories, and receive entries from more than 60 countries.

TDC67 and 24TDC winners receive a 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.

This year’s awards competitions reflect TDC’s commitment to ensure diversity within its TDC67 Communication Design and 24TDC Typeface Design juries.

TDC kicks off The One Club’s virtual Creative Week 2021 on Monday, June 7 with announcement of this year’s Judges’ Choice winners and Best of Show for the TDC67 Communication Design and 24TDC Typeface Design competitions.  In addition, TDC will announce first-, second- and third-place Student monetary winners, and the first-place Student Typeface winner.

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 first editions 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.