Print Typography & Lettering Awards


2015 Typography & Lettering Awards

Presented by PRINT


Typography is one of the most vital keys to successful design—and Print’s all-new Typography & Lettering Awards is here to celebrate it. But this isn’t just a competition for classic type designers: We’re looking for projects that feature great uses of type by any designer. We’re looking for handlettered work. And, of course, we’re also looking for original typefaces built from the ground up.

Typographic designs and handlettering communicate. They tell stories in ways that only they can. Yet all too often, both get overlooked in competitions these days—which is why we developed a competition that gives the artforms their full due and recognizes the best designers in each category.

Whether you design your own typefaces, design type-centric pieces or create gorgeous handlettered projects, we want to see your work.

As Helmut Schmid said, “Typography needs to be audible. Typography needs to be felt. Typography needs to be experienced.”

We want to do just that, and share your best work with our readers.

Enter today for a chance to be featured in Print magazine and receive a prize pack from


Deadline: December 4, 2015.




  • One Best in Class winner for each category will be featured in Print magazine.
  • Winners from each category, including the Best in Class, will be spotlighted in a public gallery on, which receives over 3 million visits annually.
  • Winners will be recognized in a public Pinterest gallery.
  • The galleries will be promoted in Print’s design newsletter, which reaches nearly 80,000 subscribers.
  • All winners will receive a prize pack of design books from Print’s official online store,, a subscription to Print magazine and a year-long membership to HOW U and HOW U Video.

Print will choose the top winners by Dec. 31, 2015. Dates for the online gallery will be announced at that time.


Early-Bird: Oct. 16, 2015

All entries must be submitted online no later than Oct. 16, 2015 (11:59 pm EST).

  • Regular: $45
  • Student Regular: $25

Regular: Nov. 20, 2015

All entries must be submitted online no later than Nov. 20, 2015 (11:59 pm EST).

  • Regular: $50
  • Student Regular: $30

Final Deadline: Dec. 4, 2015

All entries must be submitted online no later than Dec. 4, 2015 (11:59 pm EST).

  • Regular: $50
  • Student Regular: $30

By submitting work and entry fees, entrants acknowledge Print’s right to showcase the winners in Print magazine and on its website and related digital products.

Winners will be chosen on or before Dec. 31, 2015.


Handlettering: Dana Tanamachi of Tanamachi Studio
Dana Tanamachi-Williams is a Texas-bred, Brooklyn-based graphic designer and letterer who enjoys living a quiet life and working with her hands. After designing Broadway show posters at SpotCo and working under Louise Fili, Dana opened her own design and lettering boutique, Tanamachi Studio. She has been commissioned by clients such as Google, Yahoo!, Rugby Ralph Lauren, The Ace Hotel, Tommy Hilfiger, West Elm and Bloomingdale’s. In 2011, she was named a Young Gun (YG9) by the Art Directors Club and a Young Creative to Watch by HOW Magazine. In 2012, Dana had the unique honor of creating custom cover art for O, HOW, and TIME magazines, as well as an exclusive product line for Target in late 2013.

Typographic Designs & Typeface Designs: Dr. Shelley Gruendler of Type Camp
Shelley Gruendler, founder of Type Camp, is a typographer, designer and educator who teaches, lectures and publishes internationally on typography and design. She holds a Ph.D and an MA in The History and Theory of Typography and Graphic Communication from the University of Reading, England, and a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Graphic Design from North Carolina State University. Shelley has presented at TypoBerlin, ATypI, TypeCon, HOW, and TEDX; has published articles in Communication Arts, How, Slanted, and Step; and has judged international typography for Communication Arts, visual communication for Core77, and Canadian book design for the Alcuin Society. She loves traveling the world for Type Camp.


WHO: All type designers, graphic designers, and handletterers—from professionals and freelancers to students.

WHAT: Typographic Designs (pieces in which type has been heavily utilized to execute a strong design), Typeface Designs, and Handlettered Work created or published between Jan. 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2015. For Student Work, the entrant must have been a student when the project was created.

The following are not permitted to enter the contest: employees of F+W, A Content + eCommerce Company, and their immediate family members and Print and HOW contributing editors and correspondents as listed on our masthead.


You must register your entry online. You may submit up to 10 files per entry (5 MB per file). Acceptable file types include .gif, .jpeg, .png., and .pdf. For Typeface Designs, include a character set and samples of the type in use (the nature of the use will depend on the typeface); do not submit anything in perspective. For the Typographic Design category, include the names of the typeface(s) used in the design. For handlettering, if your work is based on an actual typeface, please include the name of it. For all entries, include shots of both the overall image and details.

Please make credits and descriptions as complete and accurate as possible, and please state the nature of the client’s business, where applicable.

We accept American Express, MasterCard, Visa and checks. If paying by check, please make it payable to: F+W Media, Inc.



      • Typographic Design: Overall designs in which typography has been used as the primary focus or element of the piece.
      • Typeface Design: Type that you or your firm have created.
      • Handlettered Work: Lettered designs created by hand.

*Each category will also have student sections, which will be judged alongside other student entries.




Questions? Contact us at:

Phone: 715-445-4612 x13430





Supported By Type Camp