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Granshan 2010 type design competition

The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia and the Typographic Society Munich (tgm – Typographische Gesellschaft München) call for entries:   GRANSHAN 2010 3rd International Eastern Type Design CompetitionCreated especially for Armenian, Cyrillic and Greek fonts.

Type beautifies language. The codification of sounds, syllables, and words, each captured in signs, is a thrilling expression of cultural diversity. Frequently, the script system represents an integral part of the user's cultural identity – an unconscious, unchallenged link to their heritage. A simple truth, which is only revealed when the cultural setting is altered and letters suddenly are 'different'.   We are interested in exploring these notions of 'difference' and diversity. International font competitions, of which there are few, often are oriented towards the West and usually focus on Latin script. By holding this third international type design competition, GRANSHAN 2010, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia and the Typographic Society Munich (tgm – Typographische Gesellschaft München) intend to enhance the importance of other script systems, begining with three main fonts: Armenian, Cyrillic, and Greek.

Entry Categories   1. Armenian text typefaces 2. Cyrillic text typefaces 3. Greek text typefaces 4. Display typefaces

Citizens of the Republic of Armenia as well as foreign designers and organisations are eligible to take part in the competition (except Jury Members).

The Jury

Chairmen of the jury 

Edik Ghabuzyan, Head of Department of Creating and Keeping Armenian Fonts at the National Book Chamber, consultant in Type Design for Adobe Systems, Armenia.

* Boris Kochan, President of the the Typographic Society Munich (tgm – Typographische Gesellschaft München), Germany.


* Gerry Leonidas, Type Designer, Senior Lecturer in Typography, University of Reading, UK.

* Oliver Linke, Type Designer, teaches typography and graphic-design at the Designschule Munich, co-founder of Lazydogs Typefoundry, Germany.

* Hrant Papazyan, Type Designer, USA.

* Carolyn Puzzovio, Type Designer, Principal lecturer at the School of Art & Design, University of Lincoln, UK.

* Manvel Shmavonyan, Type Designer, non-staff employee of Paratype Inc, Armenia.

Please submit your entry eligible for at least one of the four categories by 20 August 2010 to the following Email address:armtype@gmail.com. Any person who participated in designing, producing or distributing the typeface is eligible to enter said typeface. A competition fee of 20 Euros is levied on each typeface entered.

Up to three certificates will be awarded in each of the four categories. In addition, the grand prize GRANSHAN 2010, awarded by the jury, includes a money prize of 1,000 Euros. Printed examples of the winning entries will be published in a documentation designed by tgm.

The winners will be announced at a press conference held by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia in Yerevan in the month of September. Following the announcement, winning works and further selected entries will be exhibited in Yerevan and subsequently shown in Munich during the months of October and November.

For further information, please go to http://www.granshan.org or contact Edik Ghabuzyan under the above-mentioned address. 

Co-heads of the organising committee of GRANSHAN 2010:

Edik Ghabuzyan and Boris Kochan.