Communication Arts 2017 Typography Competition

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July 20, 2016
July 27, 2016

Communication Arts magazine, a professional journal for those involved in visual communications, announces its 7th annual Typography Competition Call for Entries.

This juried competition celebrates the best use of typography as the primary visual element in design and advertising, plus new typeface designs, calligraphy and handlettering.

Chosen by a jury of leading design professionals, the selected entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Typography Annual, in print and digital editions, and on, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work.

Each winning entrant will receive a personalized Award of Excellence and award certificates issued for firms, individuals and clients.

CA’s Award of Excellence is one of the most-coveted awards in the industry. If chosen, winning places you in the highest ranks of your profession.

Any typographic project first printed or produced between September 2015 and September 2016 is eligible.

Communication Arts 2017 Typography Competition Entry Fees

Regular entries — until 2nd September 2016 — cost:

  • Print/Digital Entries: $40 single entry/$80 series
  • Video Entries: $90 single entry/$180 series
  • Student Entries: $20 single print entry/$40 print series/$45 single video entry/$90 video series

Entries submitted after 2nd September 2016 require a $10 per entry late fee.


How to Enter
All competition entries are processed through online competition system.

Before you begin the process of entering a competition, please have the following information and materials ready. This will make the process go quickly.

Your contact information for registration and notification.
Title and basic credits for each project.
Printed copies or digital files of work you want to submit. See below for file specs.

Please submit only one version of each entry (i.e.: do not send printed copies if you already uploaded digital files of the same entry). Entries can be submitted in the following formats:

Print Entries: Must be unmounted and sent to our office by mail/courier. Do not tape series together. Send all multi-page projects—books, annual reports, etc.—in bound form. Any project over 18″ x 24″ must be submitted as digital images. If you enter a project in multiple categories and wish to submit printed samples, you must send an additional sample for each entry with the appropriate form attached.Wordmarks must be centered on an 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet. Place the company name and nature of the business under the mark.

Typeface designs must show a complete character set and a sample setting and fit on a single 11″ x 17″ sheet. Type families must show a complete character set and a sample setting for each variant. Each variant must fit on a single 11″ x 17″ sheet.

Digital Images: Must be RGB in JPG format with a maximum width of 1024 pixels and a maximum height of 768 pixels at 72 dpi. NO EXCEPTIONS. Digital images will be projected for the judges using an HD projector on a 6′ x 4′ screen.

Motion Entries: Must be in MOV, MP4 or MPG format, with a maximum file size of 1 GB. Include 4 seconds of black, no slates or bars, at the beginning of each video and 2 seconds at the end.

No entries will be returned. NO EXCEPTIONS. CA is not responsible for damage or loss of any entry. All entrants grant Communication Arts the right to reproduce work selected in the Typography Competition on the Communication Arts website and in materials used to promote the magazine, the competition and/or future related promotions.

Preparation of Packages
All pieces sent in physical form must have an entry form taped to the back of the work. Do not send work in poster tubes as they are frequently damaged in transit. Non-United States contestants should mark each package “Materials for Contest Entry. No Commercial Value.” No provision will be made by Communication Arts for U.S. Customs or airport pickup. International entries should be sent by post or international courier. All entries must be received by the final deadline date.

Forms and Entry Fees
Once you have completed the registration process, a PDF with a receipt or invoice and entry forms for physical submissions will be generated. You must print, trim and attach the entry forms to the back of your physical entries. If the entry is a print-based campaign, you will tape an entry form to each piece included in the campaign. Entries on disk require an entry form taped to the outside of each disk case. Multiple digital files may be placed on a single disk. Please tape all applicable entry forms one on top of the other so we can flip through them to verify the contents of the disk. Do not send any entries without entry forms attached.

Make checks payable to Communication Arts. Non-United States contestants must send an International Money Order, a check in U.S. funds drafted on a U.S. bank or complete a Wire Transfer. Please include the check or money order with your entries if you are delivering them via mail/courier. If your payment is being sent under a separate cover, please send your entries now, with a note saying that the check or money order is coming under separate cover. If you submit all of your entries online, please send a copy of the invoice you print out at the end of the entry process with the check or money order. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover through the competition system. Charges for your entry fees will appear on your statement as (“Commarts”). We do accept wire transfers, however, there is an additional fee of $25 (U.S.) to cover fees charged by the banks to process the transfer.

Refund Policy
All entry submissions are final and entry fees are nonrefundable.

Mail entries to:

Communication Arts Typography Competition
110 Constitution Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025-1107

(Via United States Mail, FedEx, UPS, etc. Entrants submitting from outside the U.S. please use an international courier.)

Notification of Acceptance
Only accepted entrants will be notified within two months after the final deadline date due to the number of entries we receive. Complete credits and any necessary material for the best possible reproduction in the Annual will be requested at that time.

If you have any other questions you can reach us by:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (650) 326-6040
Fax: (650) 326-1648

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