If your artwork has the highest public community score at the end of the 7 day voting period compared with other entries published during the same week slot, then you will be awarded the Lettering Live Wire digital badge. You can proudly display it on your portfolio website, email signature or anywhere else you’d like to show it off. If your artwork is selected for this award, it will be scored by Typefolk judges at the beginning of the following month it was first entered.
If your artwork receives the highest judges score for the month, you will be awarded a Lettering Leader digital badge and digital certificate which both validate your skill and achievement. Upon being recognised as a Lettering Leader, your artwork will be automatically entered into the final stage of the awards.
In the following January (to allow for December monthly judging to take place) all artwork pieces which have been awarded Lettering Leader will undergo thorough and thoughtful scoring by the Typefolk judges. Again, the piece of artwork with the highest judges score will be selected as the winner of the Typefolk Awards for the year. A digital badge, printed certificate and trophy will be awarded along with the very esteemed title of Lettering Legend. If your artwork is the second highest scoring piece at this stage, you will be awarded a runner up trophy and printed certificate.
Artwork will be published on the website during the next available weekly slot. Depending upon entry volume, it may be a number of weeks before your artwork is published. We will send you an email to let you know when it has been published and can be voted on by the public community.
Yes, you will maintain ownership rights to any artwork you enter. By entering your artwork, you grant us free unlimited rights to publish, display, promote, distribute, feature and share it on the Typefolk website, Typefolk social platforms, in any Typefolk newsletter or communication and on any other related platforms or related printed media.
You should not enter any artwork which you do not have the rights to or is not your own. For example, an image containing fonts which you have licensed from someone else, even if you have modified the fonts should not be submitted.
You can enter artwork which you have made in collaboration with others and which you have the rights to share. Just be sure to get their permission, make sure they have read our Privacy Notice and include their name when you submit the artwork entry. Please note, if recognised as a Lettering Legend or runner up only one trophy will be provided.
You should not enter artwork which is not your own or which infringes on copyright or any trademarks. You should also not enter any artwork which may be considered obscene, offensive or inappropriate. Your artwork should be legible, and your submitted image be of high quality. If you are submitting a photograph of your artwork it should be both well and evenly lit. Your artwork image should also not contain external elements such as a frame. If submitted artwork images do not meet the Entry Guidelines and criteria specified here for publication and entry into the Typefolk Awards, we will contact you and where relevant give you the opportunity to submit an alternative image.
Lettering, calligraphy or type should be the primary focal point within your artwork. It’s okay if your artwork contains other elements such as a photograph background (providing it is your own image) or illustrations, but elements such as these should not overpower or be more prominent than the lettering, calligraphy or type featured within your artwork.
Refunds can be issued up until the point a team member has invested time and carried out actions to prepare your entry ready for publication on the website. This usually takes place within 48 hours of receiving an entry. After this point a refund is not possible. If you would like to request a refund, please contact us immediately.
Refunds will not automatically be issued if we choose not to publish your artwork. Your artwork will not be published if it does not relate to lettering, calligraphy or type, if we believe it is copied or not your own, or if it is considered obscene, offensive or inappropriate.
Scores are typically updated every 24 to 48 hours throughout the 7 days that a piece of artwork can be rated by the public community. Scores are not automatically updated. This is so that they can be checked for authenticity and for fraudulent activity.
Judges scores will be combined and published at the end of their rating periods.
Community scoring takes place over 7 days, as does monthly scoring by the Typefolk judges. End of year judging takes place over 14 days to allow for a more in-depth scoring period. Artwork will be scored by Typefolk judges early each month and at the beginning of the following year to allow for December monthly judging to take place.
In the very rare situation that a draw occurs, Typefolk judges will review scores and new judging criteria may be introduced in order to select an overall winner. Further time may also be taken to ensure as many of the public community or judges have scored the artwork as possible.
Yes, all of the scores submitted to Typefolk are manually reviewed by team members before being updated onto the website. We look out for suspicious behaviour or trends, and utilise other preventative measures to ensure scores are authentic.
The Typefolk judges are a panel of professional artists and designers, many of which specialise in lettering, calligraphy and type design. Between them, they have years of relevant experience and a lot of passion for the lettering arts, giving them a keen eye for judging.
Environmental impact is important to the team at Typefolk. The platform operates digitally, issuing many awards digitally so that unnecessary packaging waste is avoided and resource use is minimised. This also allows those that have earned awards to receive them quicker. Physical awards are created from renewable resources and shipped in recyclable packaging.
Day to day activities at Typefolk HQ use minimal physical resources and we are regularly considering ways to further reduce our environmental impact.
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