The GRANSHAN Idea

IDEA and HISTORY

In 2008 the Armenian Ministry of Culture founded a national type competition. When the typographic society Munich (tgm) visited Armenia in 2009 a new organisation was born: since 2010 both institutions organize the type contest successfully together. Every year the winning entries of the competition are documented and international presented in an exhibition (e.g. in Alexandria, Moscow, Munich, St. Petersburg).

In 2012 the first GRANSHAN Conference took place in Yerevan (UNESCO World Book Capital 2012) with guests and speakers from all over the world. This conference was focused on the technical challenges by the integration of non-Latin typefaces – and on script systems like Cyrillic, Greek, Arabic, Indian and of course Armenian.
In Armenian the word for script is “Granshan” – the original idea for the GRANSHAN competition comes from Edik Ghabuzyan, who is the leading Armenian type designer. Together with Boris Kochan he is chairman of the type competition and the conceptional force behind the competition and help to coordinate the conferences.

Archive of previous conferences:
2016 – Cairo, Egypt 2016.granshan.com
2015 – Reading, UK 2015.granshan.com
2014 – Munich, Germany 2014.granshan.de
2013 – Bangkok, Thailand 2013.granshan.de
2012 – Yerevan, Armenia

Earlier competitions

Grand Prize awarded to Jamal Bustan and Dr Mamoun Sakkal (USA) for Bustan typeface. For all winners see: 2016
Grand Prize awarded to Borna Izadpanah (UK) for Lida typeface.

Founding Members GRANSHAN E.V.

Founding Member Foundation

Kurt Eichner is a lawyer in Munich and advises the GRANSHAN Foundation in all legal and commercial matters. In addition to his law office, he first led the business of social organizations for many years and today he is responsible for the commercial and administrative activities at KOCHAN & PARTNER as Chief Financial Director.

Co-Chairman Main Jury, Vice-President

Edik Ghabuzyan was the initiator and founder of the international type design competition GRANSHAN and now is the co-head of the organizing committee and jury board of the competition. 

Main Jury

Chang Kim is a typographer, visual communication designer, and educator at San José State University and a jury member of GRANSHAN Competition since 2013.

Co-Chairman Main Jury, President

Boris Kochan designs and creates companies, organisations, relationships and networks. He is the chairman of the international project on Non Latin typography, GRANSHAN, and jury member at design competitions.

Main Jury

Gerry Leonidas is an Associate Professor in Typography at the University of Reading, UK. He teaches, supervises, and lectures on typography, typeface design, and typographic education.

Main Jury

Since 2007 she has been a member of the GRANSHAN organizing committee and since 2013 she has been a member of the jury board of Annual International Type Design competition GRANSHAN.

Founding Member Foundation

Christina Resch is a founding member of GRANSHAN and manages various creative projects: from annual conferences to competitions. Working in the creative industries she overlooks and coordinates the cooperation of a diverse, multi-disciplinary team.

Founding Member Foundation

Susanne Zippel, is a consulter and designer for visual communication. She has lived in Asia for more than a decade and achieved a wide range of insights into Asian art. Since 2015, she is taking part in the GRANSHAN project and is supporting it.

Granshan Jury
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Impressions from Cairo 2017
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Signage at Granshan conference
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Arabic | Jury
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GRANSHAN conference 2014
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