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Kiwi design school receives prestigious international typography scholarship

The Type Directors Club (TDC) is something of an institution in the graphic design community. Founded in 1994, it works to support excellence in typography—both in print and on screen—supporting research and education, and disseminating information relating to typography. And the good news for the Whanganui School of Design is that it has become the first New Zealand design school to receive a scholarship from the club. 

One of only five design schools internationally to participate in the programme, the scholarship will enable one second year student from the School of Design to receive a scholarship consisting of a $1,000 award to be applied directly to their senior year tuition. The scholarship is based solely on merit and will be awarded to a student whose work demonstrates exceptional talent, sophistication, and skill in the use of typography. 

And adding to the $100 award haul, the winning student will also nab a one-year student membership to the TDC which includes receiving the TDC annual, Typography 32, and invitations to all TDC programmes. A second student will be selected as a runner-up. 

TDC executive director Carol Wahler says the scholarships are intended to “encourage talented graphic design students to develop a love for typography and an appreciation of the significance of typography in the design process”.