What is Ascenders?

Created by the Type Directors Club, Ascenders recognizes designers on the rise. Ascenders is for all typographic creatives age 35 or under (so if you were born in 1989 or later, keep reading). You can apply individually, or as a duo if you do your best work as part of a team. Learn about the 2023, 2022, 2019, and 2018 Ascenders, and be sure to follow #TDCASCENDERS.

What is the application process like?

The entry requires six of your strongest works, no more, no less. For each, you can submit up to six images or videos, and a short entry description.

What does winning mean?

Winners become part of the esteemed and rarefied TDC Ascenders family, a collection of creatives known to be at the apex of their craft. Only a select few winners are chosen every year, making the recognition that much more earned. Winners will be feted at a celebration held in New York on August 14, 2024.

Who's judging?

Our judges are top top typographic practitioners from around the world, including past Ascenders winners. The jury is chosen each year by TDC’s Advisory Board, whose aim is to balance deep expertise with a wide range of perspectives. For 2024, we have the following judges looking through the entered work:

TDC Ascenders Jury

Pouya Ahmadi

Studio Pouya Ahmadi

Gail Anderson

School of Visual Arts

Tamara Arkatova

Veronkia Burian

TypeTogether

Suzy Chan

Rejane Dal Bello

Studio Rejane Dal Bello

Han Gao

WorkByWorks Studio

Oscar Guerrero

SumoType

Jaemin Lee

fnt

Sol Matas

Studio Melli

Studio Melli

Muk Monsalve

Wael Morcos

MorcosKey

Alex Nassour

Nubia Navarro

Nubikini Studio

Gemma O'Brien

Felix Pfäffli

Studio Feixen

Kristyan Sarkis

TPTQ Arabic

Guille Vizzari

YaniGuille&Co.

When is the deadline?

  • Early Deadline: March 15
  • Final Deadline: April 19

The first Ascenders deadline is Wednesday, March 15, after which entry fees are increased. The final deadline is one month later, on Tuesday, April 19th.

How much does it cost?

Ascenders is a global competition, and recognizes the financial disparity between countries and regions. With this in mind, there are four different pricing tiers for entrants.

All fees increase by $25 USD after the March 15 deadline, so be sure to enter early!

And of course, TDC & The One Club For Creativity members receive discounted rates, with an additional $25 off no matter the region!

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Have more questions?

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