Calling all contestants

Interested in competing in the next International Type ThrowDown? We want to open up the contest and are looking for students from around the world to join us. Contestants should be university students studying art and design. If you want to be notified when we do the next contest, just send us your contact information and we will notify you when we do the next International Type ThrowDown, probably in the Spring of 2014. Send your name, e-mail address, and university you attend to typethrowdown(at)letterpresseducation(dot)org.

Round 3 voting begins January 18

We have moved through two rounds of voting and are taking a break for the holidays. Round 3 voting will begin on January 18th. Please check back then to vote for your favorites!

The International Type ThrowDown Comes to Town

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Inspired by The Type Fight, and Jessica Hische’s Daily Drop Cap project, students from six design programs around the world challenged each other to an International Type ThrowDown. In the midst of their busy classes, some during their final portfolio reviews for the semester, these students designed letters from four different non-latin alphabets. We chose the Arabic character jim; the Greek character phi; the Hebrew character aleph; and the Sanskrit character de. We created a bracket with eight fights in the first round  for each letter and invite you to vote for your favorites. Each round of voting will be up for a week with a short break in the action for the Christmas holiday. The schedule for voting is below, we hope you will check back often to vote for your favorites.

The voting will take place over the following dates:
Dec. 2–Dec. 8: Arabic and Greek round 1 voting (16 letters down to 8 in each alphabet)
Dec. 9–Dec. 15: Hebrew and Sanskrit round 1 voting (16 letters down to 8 in each alphabet)
Dec. 16–Dec. 22: Round 2 for all four alphabets (8 letters down to 4 in each alphabet)
There will be a slight break in the voting over the Christmas holiday.
Jan. 18–Jan. 24: Arabic round 3 voting (4 letters down to 2 finalists)
Jan. 25–Jan. 31: Greek round 3 voting (4 letters down to 2 finalists)
Feb. 1–Feb. 7: Hebrew round 3 voting (4 letters down to 2 finalists)
Feb. 8–Feb. 14: Sanskrit round 3 voting (4 letters down to 2 finalists)
Feb. 15–Feb. 21: Final round voting on all contests (2 finalists down to 1 winner)

All voting will end at 5 p.m. Central Standard Time in the U.S.

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