Morisawa Type Design Competition 2014

Entry Guideline

Please read these guidelines below before the application.

Eligibility

The competition is open to any individual, group or nationality.

Entry Categories

- Kanji category
- Latin category

  • Either or both categories may be chosen. There is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant.

Award Categories

Morisawa Award

Entry works are to be judged for creativity and excellence of design.

Entry to Morisawa Award is essential.

Akashi Award

Entry works are to be judged for typeface designs appropriate for commercialization by Morisawa Inc.

Production of a prize-winning typeface will proceed under the conditions of the entry guideline.

Entry to the Akashi Award is optional.

Peopleʼs Choice

The general public is invited to cast a vote for a favorite entry work online starting in the middle of October.

Entry to the Peopleʼs Choice is optional.

Awards

Morisawa Award

Winners receive a testimonial, a trophy and a sub-prize money.

- Kanji category:
Gold Prize; JPY 1 million (1 work)
Silver Prize; JPY 500,000 (1 work)
Bronze prize; JPY 300,000 (1 work)
Honorable Mention; JPY 50,000 (3 works)
- Latin category:
Gold Prize; JPY 1 million (1 work)
Silver Prize; JPY 500,000 (1 work)
Bronze prize; JPY 300,000 (1 work)
Honorable Mention; JPY 50,000 (3 works)

Akashi Award

Winners receive a testimonial, a trophy and a sub-prize money.

- Kanji category:
JPY 1 million (1 work)
- Latin category:
JPY 1 million (1 work)

Peopleʼs Choice

Winners receive a testimonial, a trophy and a gift.

- Kanji category:
Highest number and 2nd highest number of votes (1 work each)
- Latin category:
Highest number and 2nd highest number of votes (1 work each)

Design Format

Download the application guideline(the competition entry rules and the design format) in this website.
Submitted designs must conform to the format specifications for the respective category:
Sheet 1 – 3 for Kanji category, and Sheet A – B for Latin category.

【 Download the Application Guidelines 】

Application Guidelines are provided in a compressed zip file that needs to be downloaded and unzipped. The zip file contains these items:

  • - Entry Guidelines & Format and Specifications (PDF)
  • - Guide File (Adobe Illustrator)
  • Application Guidelines
    Kanji category

    (ZIP 3.8MB)

  • Application Guidelines
    Latin category

    (ZIP 1.6MB)

To download files, please access this page through a PC.

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The application was closed on August 31, 2014.

How to Enter

Entry should be made on this website.
Registration and entry submission will open on June 1, 2014(JST).
Entry works must be submitted in a PDF file. No actual pieces sent by mail are accepted.
No entry fee is charged.

  1. (1) Register on the official website.
  2. (2) Obtain an entry ID and mark it on your entry work.
  3. (3) Submit entry works in a PDF file.

Submission Period

Entries must be submitted during the period starting on June 1 through August 31, 2014(JST).

Judges

Kanji category
Kenya Hara / Yasuhito Nagahara / Osamu Torinoumi / Taro Yamamoto
Latin category
Matthew Carter / Cyrus Highsmith / Sara Soskolne / Fred Smeijers
Akashi Award (the above judges are included)
Tsunehisa Morisawa
The Emeritus Jury
Masahiko Kozuka

Announcement of Results

November, 2014 (TBD)

Winners will be notified by e-mail, and publicly announced on both competition official website and Morisawa corporate website.

Organizer

Morisawa Inc.

Partner

The Font Bureau, Inc.
Morisawa Bunken Inc.

Supporter

ARPHIC TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
Beijing Hanyi Keyin Information Technology Co., Ltd.
SANDOLL Communications Inc.
TypeBank Co., Ltd.

Contact Information

Office of the Morisawa Type Design Competition 2014
c/o Morisawa Inc., 2-27, Shimomiyabi-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0822, Japan