competitions - Parachute® on Thursday, May 03rd, 2012

Seeking global recognition for your type design project? Granshan 2012 has announced the 5th International Type Design Competition for non-Latin typefaces. Entries can be submitted until May 21, 2012. The categories include Cyrillic, Greek, Armenian, Indian, Arabic as well as Latin typefaces. Type designers from all parts of the world are invited to participate. Eligible are all typefaces that have been designed or digitized after 2001 and meet the competition requirements. The organizing committee of Granshan, has decided for this year to hold the competition in Yerevan, Armenia celebrating the 500th anniversary of the first printed Armenian book and the declaration of Yerevan as World Book Capital 2012 by UNESCO. The winners will be announced at a press conference held by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia in Yerevan in the month of June. Following the announcement, winning works and further selected entries will be exhibited in Yerevan and subsequently shown in Munich during the month of November and in Hong Kong during the month of October at ATypI conference.

Further information can be found here: www.granshan.org

News - Parachute® on Friday, February 11th, 2011

The last issue of Creative Review showcases the winners of the first Type Annual for Excellence in International Typeface Design over the past year. A large number of entries were judged by Coralie Bickford-Smith who is senior cover designer at Penguin Books, John Bateson a fellow of ISTD and founder of Bateson Studio and Fiona Ross, lecturer, author and typographic designer. In addition several experts were consulted such as Maxim Zhukov, Miguel Sousa, Dr Mamoun Sakkal and Adi Stern. There were 4 main categories: display faces, bespoke faces, non-latin faces and text faces.
Parachute’s Regal Pro was selected to be among the winners in the text faces category. Back in October of last year it won again first place in the display category at the Granshan Awards. Regal Pro was originally created for the redesign of Grazia magazine and later was revamped and upgraded for commercial use. The original 3 basic families were expanded to include more variations, ligatures, swashes and additional support for Latin and Greek. The final version of Regal includes 6 families. Currently Regal Pro is available locally but will be officially released online shortly.

News - Parachute® on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Typotag is an established venue organized by the Typographic Society of Munich tgm (Typographische Gesellschaft München). This year it includes three inspiring exhibitions and a number of lectures. Part of the exhibition is the TDC 56 show which makes a stop in Munich with the winning competition entries of the Type Directors Club of New York. Typotag also welcomes the winners of the Granshan 2010 The 3rd International Eastern Type Design Competition which is aimed specifically to Armenian, Cyrillic, and Greek scripts. Finally, Typolyrics presents the works of several celebrated graphic designers as well as talented young designers from around the world, who use typefaces to give shape to lyrics of more than 170 songs from new wave and disco to metal and hip hop. The event runs from 13 to 31 of October 2010 at 32 Isabella Street, 80796 Munich, Germany.

Highlights from the opening day

News - Parachute® on Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

The results for Granshan 2010 the 3rd International Eastern Type Design Competition were announced recently. The competition took place in Dublin on the 9th and 12th of September 2010 during the ATypI conference. It was organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia and the Typographic Society of Munich (tgm - Typographische Gesellschaft München). Type competitions are often oriented towards the West and usually focus on the Latin script. On the other hand, the Granshan competition focuses on the importance of other script systems, such as Armenian, Cyrillic, and Greek. Parachute® received altogether 4 awards. Panos Vassiliou who, a few months earlier, received a silver award from the European Design Awards 2010, won three awards and Vedran Erakovic one.

More specifically, Regal Pro won first place in the Display category while the second place in the same category was won by the popular Champion Script Pro, which has been getting rave reviews ever since its first release. Regal Pro is a comprehensive type system which consists of text and display letterforms. It was developed originally for the redesign of Grazia magazine and is due to be commercially released late this fall. Adamant Pro, one of our newest entries won third place in the Cyrillic Text category. Finally, Encore Sans Pro a silver winner at the ED Awards 2010, won second place in the Greek Text category. During the last 3 years Parachute has received nine international awards.
In total, there were twelve awards given in four categories. You can view all the awards by visiting the official Granshan 2010 website. The works of the prize winners will be displayed at an exhibition in Munich, Germany from 13 to 31 of October organized by the Typographic Society of Munich (tgm) and from 14 to 25 of October in Yerevan organized by the Ministry of Culture of Armenia.

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