Ascenders is a fast-growing portfolio-based competition dedicated to type in all its versatile forms and the inspiring up-and-coming designers — individuals or duos — who are elevating the medium, says TDC. 

Entrants submit six projects — typography, use of type, design and lettering — with short descriptions, a statement of their role in the project's creation and a list of individual credits where applicable.  

Entries are now being accepted, with entry fees increasing after the early-bird deadline of Wednesday, 13 March.  The final deadline is Friday, 19 April. Entries will be judged by a diverse jury of global leaders in the field, to be announced shortly, and winners will be announced in June 2024.

In order to make Ascenders affordable around the globe, TDC offers a tiered pricing structure with significant discounts based on the country where the entrant is located:
  • full-priced
  • mid-priced
  • low-priced, and
  • for eight countries, free. 

TDC members also qualify for discounts. 

"Global Ascenders 2024 winners will be a showcase for where the future of typography is headed," says Marta Cerdà Alimbau, a TDC advisory board member who runs her design studio in Barcelona, and helped develop 2024's programme.  "Our community is in constant evolution, and Ascenders attest to it."

Last year's Ascenders winners, selected from the highest number of entrants in the competition's history, included 35 talented young creatives from 14 countries and regions. Prominent past Ascenders winners include:
  • Au Chon Hin (2022)
  • Kevin Cantrell (2018)
  • Roxane Gataud (2022)
  • Gemma O’Brien (2022)
  • Juan Carlos Pagan (2018), and
  • Tré Seals (2018).

Cerdà Alimbau and fellow TDC advisory board member Parasto Backman, who operates Studio Parasto Backman in Stockholm have designed 2024's Ascenders branding and award.

"The design depicts the 'ascending' by embracing the idea of climbing the ladder towards progression, creative growth and the future of type," says Backman.

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