alphabet contest: vote for your top 3!

by Grace Bonney

Man! It was a tight race but we finally have our third finalist in the Design Your Own Alphabet Contest and now it’s your turn to decide who should be first second and third! Starting now, you’ll have until tomorrow morning at 10am to choose the order of the contestants.

Who do you think should take the grand home prize? Vote below (after the jump) and tomorrow we’ll reveal who takes home 1st, 2nd and 3rd (Placement will be decided by the number of total votes for each artist). Before the contest officially comes to a close I just want to say thank you to everyone who entered. I honestly thought we’d receive between 30-50 applications drawn on notebook paper. I had NO idea that we’d been blown away by so many applicants of such exceptional quality. This makes me so excited for next year’s contest and to make sure we prepare for the applications and voting process way ahead of time. Thank you again to everyone who entered- your work was phenomenal and it was such an honor to share it here on the site. So, let the voting begin! Polls will close November 19th at 10AM EST.

*If you have a problem voting try your home computer (offices often share IP addresses) shoot me an email so I can confirm your IP and log your vote manually*

CLICK HERE to view the top three again and log your vote!

Image above: Jason Jones “Skunkling”

Image above: Brian Carroll (“Icarus”)

Image above: “Dog Eared” by Andy Babb

(Please only vote for your #1. #2 and #3 will be determined by the second and third highest vote numbers)

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  • wow Grace, (and team) kudos to such an exciting contest!! i’ve been on the ‘operations’ end of online voting and i know how much work it is! the typefaces are AMAZING, and big props to the team for putting on this super fun contest :)

  • I love love love skunkling. So much time and effort to do both upper and lower case, as well as numbers making it super functional. When can I download it?!?!

    Also I appreciate what a great moderator you are Grace! This was such a good idea putting peoples minds at work to be creative and productive.

  • C’mon Icarus – spread your wings and fly my dear font!

    ps – Is it possible to buy the icarus alphabet as a poster? Love it.

    • hi guys

      just another quick reminder before the polls close at 10am- i’ve noticed that the IPs of the people registering votes via comments are not showing up in the poll. just a reminder: votes left as comments will not be counted towards totals. if you’d like to vote for your favorite alphabet please do so in the poll above. if you can’t vote for some reason shoot me an email at designsponge at gmail dot com and i’ll register it manually right away. there have been quite a few complaints about not being able to vote but only 3-4 people have actually emailed me to log votes since yesterday. if you have a second, just shoot me a quick email and i’ll handle the voting for you right away. i just want to make sure your votes all get through :)


  • Although these fonts are nice, I am highly disappointed with the top three. They are so similar to fonts already in existence . It’s kind of a shame because of how many of the other fonts submitted were more original. I know it’s not any one person’s fault, I’m just disappointed.

  • Grace…I still LOVE love LoVe! BLACK TOAST! I’m so glad that you are planning to honor that talented designer in some way, as well.

  • katie: it’s too bad you didn’t include a URL in your comment, so that we could see all of the innovative fonts you’ve designed!

    take a moment to consider; what would typography be if no two fonts were similar? we wouldn’t have Futura if Renner didn’t do something similar in style to Kabel; wouldn’t have Helvetica if Miedinger hadn’t referenced Akzidenz Grotesk!

  • And that’s a wrap everyone!

    My thanks to Design*Sponge and its generous host, Grace! Thanks to Veer and to all that entered!

    Also, a hearty thanks and congratulations to Andy Babb and Jason Jones, both of whom I was honored to lose to!

    To all those with well-wishes towards Icarus, I will soon have information on its availability (and perhaps a poster of the alphabet) at http://www.litchytype.com

    Thanks all! This was a blast!

  • cheers to the MANY alphabet submissions that employed the human hand & use of physical mediums (ink, pencil, watercolor, coffee stains, pencil shavings, toast…etc.) People were really thinking outside of the box, and I found that SO inspiring and a breath of fresh air. blessed to have been a part of it all.

  • Such a fun contest! I managed to get in a vote in the three prior rounds but missed the finals by 45 minutes — cursed work meeting!

    Congrats to the winners and all those gorgeous fonts this week!

  • Grace definitely deserves an award herself for putting on and managing such a great contest.

    Congrats to Jason for his win with Skunkling, an awesome face with personality in spades, and to Brian, whose Icarus I could get lost in (excuse the horrid pun).

    Thanks to everyone who voted for Dog Eared; I hope to go to market with it early spring, so keep your eyes peeled!

  • I LOVE Skunkling and Icarus!
    I still keep my fingers crossed that we’ll gain access to all the fonts at some point though. They were all so awesome!

  • Okay, so now that we know the winners, where can we download them? I totally want to use Dog-Eared, Peacock, and Skunkling…

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