GRANSHAN Type Design Competition
Results 2019

Give Voice to Type
The 11th GRANSHAN Type Design Competition

We are very happy about the large number of submissions at this year's GRANSHAN Type Design Competition. Many submissions are at a very high level – this affirms us in our work in promoting outstanding non-Latin typefaces to strengthen cultural diversity and identity.

The more than 50-member jury evaluated all submissions (= the longlist) in three rounds. First, each member voted online using a points system. Then the submissions with a defined minimum score of the first level (= the shortlist) were discussed in video conferences with the members of the Script Group and their Script Chair. Lastly at the final jury session of the Script Chairs together with both Chairmen it was then determined which typefaces should be awarded the 1st, 2nd or 3rd prize in each Category/Script Group, and which should receive a Special Mention. As the very last and most distinguished task it was decided together, if and if so, which 1st prize should be selected as Grand Prize. For organizational reasons, the final jury session was not scheduled to be held in Tokyo as a face-to-face meeting, but a bit later than planned as a video conference.

Please follow this link, which brings you to the results page. Here you will find an overview of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes (and of course the Grand Prize) with the submitted posters. In the lower part you will find all awards, including the Special Mentions and also the annotations of the jury, in case there were comments or restrictions concerning the submissions. In addition, all PDFs of the original submissions of the winning works are documented in the lower part, and, as far as they are available, photos and short bios of the type designer.

In future the GRANSHAN Type Design Competition will take place every second year, the next time in 2021. In the meantime, next year we will start with a new competition dedicated to fonts in use: the GRANSHAN non-Latin Typography Competition will in future be held alternately with the Type Design Competition. Start is expected in July 2020.

A big thank you to all submitters! As well as to the jury members and the supporters and partners who volunteer for this unique project worldwide promoting non-Latin scripts!

Edik Ghabuzyan
Co-Chairman of the Type Design Jury 2019    

Boris Kochan
Co-Chairman of the Type Design Jury 2019

The Type competition

International font competitions – of which there are few – usually focus on Latin script. But small type foundries, global corporations and leading universities have all uncovered a secret: promoting non-Latin typefaces opens up enormous economic potential and fantastic design opportunities.

The GRANSHAN non-Latin type competition recognises the most notable typefaces for individual non-Latin scripts as well as multiscript families.

The number of multilingual typeface developments has grown continuously in recent years – and there are more and more non-Latin typefaces designed on the basis of Latin typefaces. Therefore, GRANSHAN now offers submissions in nine SCRIPT GROUPS in three CATEGORIES.

Competition Script Chairs and Experts

Arabic Scripts | Borna Izadpanah, Ahmed Mansour, Kamal Mansour, Haytham Nawar (Script Chair), Bahia Shehab

Armenian | Tatevik Aghababyan, Khajag Apelian, Davit Ghazaryan, Angela Poghosova (Script Chair), Carolyn Puzzovio, Tigran Sosoyan

Chinese | Curt Huang, Julius Hui, Qi Li, Yin Qiu, Liu Zhao (Script Chair), Jialing Zheng

Cyrillic Scripts | Vedran Erakovich, Vera Evstafieva, Tetiana Ivanenko, Dmitry Kirsanov, Botio Nikoltchev, Kyrylo Tkachov, Alexei Vanyashin (Script Chair)

Greek | Kostas Bartsokas, Gerry Leonidas (Script Chair), Georgios D. Matthiopoulos, Panos Vassiliou, Irene Vlachou

Hebrew | Yehuda Hofshi, Liron Lavi Turkenich, Adi Stern (Script Chair), Ada Wardi

South Asian Scripts | Kalapi Gajjar, John Hudson, Neelakash Kshetrimayum, Rathna Ramanathan, Prof. Fiona Ross (Script Chair), Graham Shaw, Vaibhav Singh

Korean | Chang Sik Kim (Script Chair), Joosung Kim, YunJung Park, Jiwon Yu

Thai | Suppakit ChalermlarpBen Mitchell, Smich Smanloh, Sasikarn Vongin, Anuthin Wongsunkakon (Script Chair with the support of Prof Fiona Ross)


Competition Chairmen
Edik Ghabuzyan, Boris Kochan




For further information or general enquiry, contact




Choose a category

This category is reserved exclusively for non-Latin text or display typefaces, in one or more of the SCRIPT GROUPS listed below. You can submit the following scripts:
  • Arabic Scripts (Arabic, Persian, Urdu)
  • Armenian
  • Chinese (Traditional or simplified)
  • Cyrillic (Bulgarian, Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian, etc.)
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Korean
  • South Asian scripts (Devanagari, Bengali, Gurmukhi, Telugu, Tamil, Gujarati, Malayalam, Sinhala, etc.)
  • Thai
This category is designated for non-Latin text typefaces with a Latin version to be
used in combination. This can be a Latin version newly developed together with the
non-Latin part or a pre-existing design. In case of a new developed Latin version, the quality of the Latin will also be evaluated along with the quality of the non-Latin typeface. In any case, the interaction between the non-Latin and the Latin version will be rated. Typefaces from the nine SCRIPT GROUPS given above can be submitted. Note that in this category, display typefaces shall not be accepted. You can submit the following scripts:
  • Latin with Arabic Scripts (Arabic, Persian, Urdu)
  • Latin with Armenian
  • Latin with Chinese (Tradional or simplified)
  • Latin with Cyrillic (Bulgarian, Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian, etc.)
  • Latin with Greek
  • Latin with Hebrew
  • Latin with South Asian scripts (Devanagari, Bengali, Gurmukhi, Telugu, Tamil, Gujarati, Malayalam, Sinhala, etc.)
  • Latin with Korean
  • Latin with Thai


This category is reserved for text typefaces with at least two non-Latin complements intended to work together. An accompanying Latin version shall be accepted but  
not required. In this category, display typefaces shall not be accepted.
Type designers from all over the world are invited to take part in the competition.
All typefaces designed or digitized in or after 2015 complying with the requirements of the competition are eligible for submission.
Typefaces may be submitted by anyone involved in their design, production, or marketing (please define your position).
All submitted typefaces shall comply with and use the Unicode encoding system. Entries can be single typefaces or type families, revivals or new developments. Custom fonts are welcome as well as student projects.


Please download the GENERAL INFORMATION, the RULES & REGULATIONS and the POSTER KIT and read all of it carefully.

  • Submissions
    Submission are accepted exclusively via the online submission tool available at
    Participants can register for free and create an unlimited number of drafts. The submissions won’t be charged unless you press the SUBMIT button. For further assessment, only those submissions will be considered that comply with the conditions of participation and that were submitted between
    1 May 2019 and 15 July 2019. NOW EXTENDED DEADLINE until 24 July 2019
    Drafts are not considered completed submissions.

    By filling in and sending the application form, you confirm that you have the right to submit the typeface to the 11th GRANSHAN competition 2019 and that you indemnify GRANSHAN Foundation e.V. from all claims made by third parties. The organizers are not responsible for the information given in the application form.

  • Pay for each submission
    Your registration in the submission tool as well as the creation of drafts are free of charge. Submissions are subject to a fee from the time the submission is completed. After that, submissions cannot be cancelled or refunded.

    Category A: € 24.00 | $ 27.00 (incl. VAT)
    Category B: € 48.00 | $ 54.00 (incl. VAT)
    Category C: € 72.00 | $ 80.00 (incl. VAT)

    Please find payment details within the RULES & REGULATIONS PDF (further below)

    Please enter your »submission title«, that you used in in the online submission form as a reference. You will receive a confirmation of payment by e-mail within 14 days of the transfer. Please note that your submission will be admitted to the jury only after successful payment.

  • Submission format

    Please submit your project as PDF in
    420 x 297 mm / A3 landscape format.

    Also add two posters as PDF in
    850 x 1189 mm portrait format.

    Find all futher information within the RULES & REGULATIONS PDF (further below)

    For questions and requiries, please contact

The 11th GRANSHAN Competition Jury once again consists of numerous internationally acclaimed experts: for each SCRIPT GROUP a minimum of three dedicated specialists will provide reviews of the submission. Each SCRIPT GROUP is moderated by a so-called script chair (see left), who is also casting a vote and whose vote acts as a tie-breaker.

To ensure continuity in the evaluation over the years, the script chairs are designated for several years. The script specialists are chosen collectively by the script chairs together with the chairmen.

The President and the Vice President of the GRANSHAN Foundation, Boris Kochan and Edik Ghabuzyan, are responsible for the appointment of the script chairs and for moderating the competition as non-voting chairmen.

In each of the nine SCRIPT GROUPS (Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, etc.), for each of the CATEGORIES A, B and C a first, second and third prize can be awarded as well as special mentions. With the special mentions, the jury will honor projects where single aspects or a very advanced stage of development have convinced the jury, while their overall impression remains behind the award-winning works of this or previous years.

One GRANSHAN GRAND PRIZE of € 1,000 will be awarded by the jury at the end of the judging process to the best of the best.


Find here all information about the Competition

General Information.pdf    Rules and Regulations.pdf




The GRANSHAN Project startet in 2008 with a type design competition, originally focussed on the Armenien market.
Since 2010 its an international competition, here are some pics from former jury meetings.

Main Jury at work
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Granshan Jury
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Arabic | Jury
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