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GRANSHAN celebrates the diversity and richness of the typographic scripts that underpin global communication, empower communities, and enable identity.

The bi-annual GRANSHAN Competition helps the type design community worldwide to become aware of the continuously increasing quality of projects and make it present to type users. The Competition is a powerful tool for the award winners and their very demanding projects, especially at a time when bilingual or even multiscript applications are becoming increasingly more important.

All type designers, type foundries, and clients with custom typefaces from all parts of the world are invited to take part in the competition.
 
GRANSHAN Competition 2021/2022 will open 1 October 2021 for entries.

Again we are looking for the best typeface designs in nine script groups: Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, Korean, South Asian Scripts, Thai.

To find the most excellent non-Latin Typefaces in the world, more than 50 international, well-known Script Experts will judge the entries in a three-level-process. The competition will again be led by two non-voting Chairpersons: For the first time by Veronika Burian together with the inventor of the GRANSHAN project, Edik Ghabuzyan. 

This time the announcement of the winners and the celebration of the GRANSHAN GRAND PRIZE will take place during the Munich Designweek MCBW from 5 to 13 March 2022.

Good luck to everyone!
Without type, everything is nothing!

General Information

GRANSHAN celebrates the diversity and richness of typographic scripts that underpin global communication, empower communities, and enable identity. The GRANSHAN Competition covers a growing range of scripts for communities on a global scale – from the most widely used, to scripts used by small communities or those under threat.  

All type designers, type foundries, and clients with custom typefaces from all parts of the world are invited to take part.

International type competitions – of which there are few – usually focus on the Latin script. The GRANSHAN type competition on the other hand explicitly seeks to recognise the most notable typefaces for individual scripts other than Latin 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 either in conjunction with new Latin typefaces or as script extensions  of existing Latin typefaces. Therefore, GRANSHAN now offers submissions in nine SCRIPT GROUPS in five CATEGORIES.
 

SCRIPT GROUPS

In this year's competition entries in the following nine SCRIPT GROUPS are welcome: 
·     Arabic (Arabic, Persian, Kurdish, Urdu)
·     Armenian
·     Chinese (traditional or simplified)
·     Cyrillic (Bulgarian, Mongolian, Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian, etc.)
·     Greek
·     Hebrew
·     South Asian Scripts (Devanagari, Bengali, Gurmukhi, Telugu, Tamil, Gujarati, Malayalam, Sinhala, etc.)
·     Korean
·     Thai

CATEGORIES

We have decided to further subdivide the submissions: Both in Category A (for non-Latin Typefaces) and in Category B (for non-Latin/Latin Typefaces). They now have their own sub-categories for Text and for Display Typefaces. Entries are possible in five categories to satisfy the wide range of multilingual typeface projects:

This category is reserved exclusively for non-Latin Text Typefaces, in one or more of the SCRIPT GROUPS listed above. Note that in this category, display typefaces shall not be accepted.
This category is reserved exclusively for non-Latin Display Typefaces, in one or more of the SCRIPT GROUPS listed above. Note that in this category, text typefaces shall not be accepted.
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 listed above can be submitted. Note that in this category, display typefaces shall not be accepted.
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 listed above can be submitted. Note that in this category, text typefaces shall not be accepted.
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. 

 

AWARDS

In each of the nine SCRIPT GROUPS (Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, etc.), for each of the CATEGORIES A1, A2, B1, B2, 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 lower in quality than the award-winning projects 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.
 

PRESENTATION & CEREMONY

The winners will be announced on the www.granshan.com website and will receive a GRANSHAN diploma. Posters of the winning entries will be exhibited at least at the Munich Design Week in March 2022. During the same event, a two day international conference is planned including an award ceremony of the winners of the GRANSHAN Type Design Competition 2021/22 in presence of Script Chairs, top winners and both Chairpersons.

Organizers of the GRANSHAN competition reserve the right to display submitted typefaces at the exhibitions, in press, social media and any other relevant publications. Therefore, we kindly ask for a short 20-word-bio and a portrait photo of the type designer(s) in printable resolution in A6.

No font source files will be made publicly available!

 

TIMETABLE

Submissions
Can be made using the submission tool on https://granshan.submit.to from 1 October 2021 to 31 December 2021

Start of jury work
15 January 2022

Announcement of winners
During the Munich Designweek between 5 to 13 March 2022
 

Jury & Evaluation

The 12th 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, 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 Chairpersons. 
 
The Chairpersons of the GRANSHAN competition, Veronika Burian and Edik Ghabuzyan, are responsible for the appointment of the Script Chairs and for moderating the competition as non-voting Chairpersons. This year, the competition's long-time co-chairman, GRANSHAN Foundation President Boris Kochan, will guide and support this process.
 

Competition Script Chairs

·     Arabic | Haytham Nawar
·     Armenian | Angela Poghosova
·     Chinese | Liu Zhao
·     Cyrillic | Alexei Vanyashin
·     GreekGerry Leonidas
·     HebrewShani Avni
·     South Asian Scripts | Kalapi Gajjar-Bordawekar
·     KoreanChang Sik Kim
·     ThaiAnuthin Wongsunkakon
 

List of Competition Script Experts 2021/2022

For each SCRIPT GROUP, a minimum of three renowned specialists have again agreed to support the GRANSHAN competition with their outstanding expertise on a voluntary basis. We will publish the names of the more than 50 Script Experts on the GRANSHAN website and in the social media channels over the next few weeks. 

Below you will find an initial overview – more to come:
 

Arabic

Dr. Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès, Naïma Ben Ayed, Lara CaptanBorna IzadpanahKamal MansourHaytham Nawar (Script Chair)Bahia Shehab

 

Armenian

Khajag Apelian, Ghayane Bagdasaryan, Davit Ghazaryan, Hrachuhi Grigoryan, Ruben MalayanAngela Poghosova (Script Chair)Carolyn Puzzovio

 

Chinese

Curt HuangQi Li, Yiyuan Ma, Sammy OrLiu Zhao (Script Chair)Jialing Zheng

 

Cyrillic Scripts

Vedran Erakovic, Vera EvstafievaTetiana Ivanenko, Alexandra Korolkova, Krista Radoeva, Aleksandra SamulenkovaAlexei Vanyashin (Script Chair)

 

Greek

Kostas Bartsokas, Eleni BeveratouGerry Leonidas (Script Chair)Panos VassiliouIrene Vlachou

 

Hebrew

Shani Avni (Script Chair), Nitzan CheloucheLiron Lavi TurkenichAdi SternAda Wardi

 

South Asian Scripts

Kalapi Gajjar-Bordawekar (Script Chair)John HudsonNeelakash KshetrimayumRathna RamanathanProf. Fiona Ross, Sumanthri Samarwickrama, Graham ShawVaibhav Singh

 

Korean

Chang Sik Kim (Script Chair), Chorong Kim, Yongje Lee, Yanghee Ryu, Jeong Jae Wan

 

Thai

Sirin Gunkloiy, Jana Igunma, Jinda Nuangjumnong, Panuwat Usakulwattana, Sasikarn Vongin, Anuthin Wongsunkakon (Script Chair with the support of Prof Fiona Ross)

 

Competition Chairpersons

Veronika BurianEdik Ghabuzyan

 

 

Evaluation procedure

All entries shall be anonymized and evaluated in a three-level procedure:

All entries shall be gathered in a longlist for each SCRIPT GROUP in each of the five CATEGORIES A1, A2, B1, B2, and C. The Script experts and the Script Chair shall evaluate every entry with an online scoring system. In addition to the scoring system, the jury members may add separate review comments to accompany their evaluation in a designated box. The results of the voting are visible to other experts. In this first step, the evaluation of the Script Chairs and of the Script Experts shall be equally weighted. Outcome: entries with a minimum score shall make it to the second level, the shortlist.
In this step, the Script Experts together with the Script Chairs of each SCRIPT GROUP will discuss in an online video conference which submissions are worthy of recognition. After the discussion each Script Expert and the Script Chair will make their own recommendation for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize, and special mentions, with an online scoring system. All the entries that reach this second level shall be published on the GRANSHAN website. Outcome: potential prize winners shall move on to the third level.
The price winners and the special mentions shall be determined in an online video conference of all Script Chairs together with both Chairpersons. The final jury will again evaluate the recommended prize winners of level two – with the possibility to downgrade and to determine the ranking from 1st to 3rd prize and special mentions in each SCRIPT GROUP.

At the very end, the Script Chairs together with the Chairpersons will decide the GRANSHAN GRAND PRIZE winner by vote.

COMPETITION ENTRY

Find here all information about the Competition

 

GRANSHAN Competition 2021-2022 information.pdf
 

 

Submission

 

RULES

ELIGIBILITY

 
Type designers from all over the world are invited to take part in the competition. All typefaces designed or digitized in or after 2018 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.  

In the submission form you can explain the concept behind the typeface and give details about any special characteristics you want to be taken into account when evaluating the typeface. Provide any information you think is relevant regarding historical or other models, and if the typeface is intended to function alongside other typefaces. This description will not be published – its sole purpose is to provide the jury with as much background information as possible for the evaluation.

Please anonymise your text and do not mention the name of the submitted typeface, the designer or the type foundry.

You can of course submit multiple entries to this contest. Please use a separate form in the online application for each entry and submit separate PDFs. Also please note that each submission must be paid separately.
 
Typefaces by the Chairpersons, the members of the organizing committee and Script Chairs are not eligible for submission. Script Experts are allowed to submit their own projects, but will be excluded from evaluating and voting for their own entry. Script Chairs and Script Experts have the opportunity to opt out due to bias for any of the submissions.

 

SUBMISSIONS

 
Submissions are accepted exclusively via the online submission tool available at https://granshan.submit.to. 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 October 2021 and 31 December 2021. 
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 GRANSHAN competition 2021/22 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.

REGULATIONS

Fees

 
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. 

This year the fee policy changed to better reflect differences in global living standards and possibilities, the difference between students, freelancers and small, medium and bigger type design foundries. 

There are three basic triers:

  1. Low income countries (on the basis of self-assessment),students, and freelancers
  2. Small and medium size companies with less than 20 employees or collaborators
  3. Bigger companies with 20 employees or collaborators and more 

The fees outlined in the table are set as a minimum. Any additional higher payment on a voluntary basis would be very welcomed.

Fees include VAT. Payment via wire transfer or Paypal.
 

  A1 A2 B1 B2 C

Low income countries,
students, 
freelancers

25,00 €     
$ 29.00
25,00 €     
$ 29.00
50,00 €       
$ 59.00
50,00 €       
$ 59.00
75,00 €       
$ 87.00
Small & medium companies 
(<20 employees/ collaborators)
50,00 €       
$ 59.00
50,00 €       
$ 59.00
75,00 €       
$ 87.00
75,00 €       
$ 87.00
100,00 €       
$ 117.00
Bigger companies 
(=/> 20 employees/ collaborators)
100,00 €       
$ 117.00
100,00 €     
 $ 117.00
125,00 €      
$ 146.00
125,00 €      
$ 146.00
150,00 €      
$ 175.00

Fees are payable via bank wire to:
GRANSHAN Foundation e.V.
IBAN DE23 7015 0000 1004 7672 71 
BIC: SSKMDEMM  

Or via Paypal to: granshan@granshan.com  




Please enter your »submission title« that is assigned by the system 
in the online submission form as a reference. You will receive a confirmation of payment by email within 14 days of the transfer. 


Please note that your submission will be admitted to the jury 
only after successful payment.

Thank you for being part of the GRANSHAN project!

Competition

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.

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