weekly wrap up + alphabet contest winners!

It’s been a fast and furious week of voting but after narrowing down the applicants from 400 to thirty and now thirty to three, we have our winners! Before we dive into placement, I wanted to thank everyone who took the time to enter the contest and everyone who took the time to vote. I know we had some hiccups with the poll software and I appreciate your patience and dedication to registering your votes for your favorite alphabet. Because we had some seriously close calls, I decided to award two small additional prizes to honor their hard work and the tough fight. So, let’s congratulate the winners!

1st Place: Jason Jones’ “Skunkling” (Jason will receive a $500 prize from Veer.com and 150 Veer credits)

2nd Place: Andy Babb‘s “Dog Eared” (Andy will receive a $300 prize from Design*Sponge)

3rd Place: Brian Caroll’s “Icarus”. (Brian will receive a $200 prize from Design*Sponge)

Honorable Mention: Sommer Sheffield’s “Peacock”. (Sommer lost by a narrow one vote so I wanted to applaud her beautiful alphabet and the support behind her with a $100 bonus prize)

Honorable Mention: Ben Parson‘s “Black Toast”. (Ben had a close race with an actual tie-breaker required so I wanted to applaud his creative design and the support behind him with a $100 bonus prize)

Thank you again to all of the talented artists (including a very talented group of students from School Without Walls in D.C.) who entered, and all of you the passionately voted for and supported your favorites. A big thank you to Veer for being our sponsor and donating our first place prize! If you’re looking to experiment with fonts more, you can register at Veer today and they’ll load your account with 10 free Veer Credits (that’s enough to download a font or an image or two for your blog, business or studio). I’m heading off for the day so I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you on Monday! xo, grace

Below is a summary of this week’s highlights:

  1. Karen E says:

    Once again, the generosity and fair-mindedness of design*sponge blows a strong fresh breeze into modern culture! Hooray for the honorable mentions!

  2. Ben Parsons says:

    A huge thanks to Grace, design*sponge and too all the winners! This whole week has been soo much fun. Its stuff like this that keeps me creating.

    Thanks again!

  3. Alyssa Mae says:

    YAY! I LOVED the peacock font, I’m so happy they got a winners spot!

    Congrats to you all!

  4. Shalini says:

    They’re all such amazing and well deserved! I’m glad my personal favorite won.

  5. Alyson says:

    Amazing work, congratulations to all the winners and honorable mentions, and everyone we had a chance to vote for.

  6. Anna @ D16 says:

    Congratulations to the winners!!

    This contest was super fun. :)

  7. Therese says:

    So happy about the honorable mentiones. The two of them are so innovative and it is well deserved.
    And congrats to the other winners as well. Really great work!

  8. Alinia says:

    Peacock is the most beautiful font I’ve seen in a long time. Great job on the contest — I’m already looking forward to see what comes out of the next one. Are you going to show any of the non-finalists?

    1. grace says:


      for right now we’re not going to show entries beyond the top 30. originally we were only going to show 10 finalists but i wanted to share more so i opened it up to 20 more. any more than that and i think it gets to be a little too much. i really try to edit down to the best of the best for things like this :)


  9. Djen says:


    Icarus, Black Toast and Severed Limbs were my favorites, and I’ve really enjoyed ALL of the entries.

    What a fun contest!

  10. CassiMO says:

    woo hoo – i voted for dog eared… these were all so great. :)

  11. Jo says:

    What an interesting and exciting contest, and all the winners (and everyone who made the top 30) deserve lots of applause. And thanks to Design*Sponge and Veer. Of course, this was such a piece of cake, I’m sure you’ll want to do it annually! ;)

  12. Rosa says:

    So many great designs! All your recent font activity inspired me to post some Christmas typography on my own blog! Have a great weekend! Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Sommer says:

    Design Sponge is fantastic! looking forward to next year…

  14. Congratulations to the winners. Great choices. I quite like 3rd place!

  15. Anywhere to see the entire “Peacock” font?

    1. grace says:


      you can see more images from peacock in the alphabet contest finalists part 3 post :)


  16. C Ketterhagen says:

    It would be amazing if those who submitted fonts would be willing to upload them to dafont.com. Then the community could use them for projects, etc.

    Thanks Veer for sponsoring this…it was a lot of fun….

  17. Jarel says:

    I voted for Skunkling, Icarus, and Black Toast so I am super pleased with the results! There were so many talented entries though, so much fun to look at!

  18. Elizabeth says:

    I love the INCARUS font. So creative. If I had that font on a school paper I would spend the whole time doing the mazes in the letters and no time paying attention. haha

  19. MissLK says:

    They are all intriguing but I love the ‘peacock’ font the most!

    The feather flows with the brush stroke and around the corner awaits that fierce eye!

  20. ernø says:

    Congratulations to the winners, even if it was for sure difficult to make a choise.

  21. Love them all, but the Black Toast is my very favorite!!!


  22. Sue says:

    Wow beautiful and clever all. . . and what a nice bunch you all are to award those who just about made it as well. You don’t see that type of generous spirit these days much. No wonder everyone love this site so much.

  23. theaxx says:

    these are fun! I’m all about the toast & peacock ;)

  24. Hila says:

    this is such a fantastic project. I think that “Peacock” is my favourite.

  25. Emily says:

    I find it striking that for such a female-dominated site 4/5 winners are male. Grace, did less women apply? What’s up?

    1. grace says:


      i’m not sure if you saw my earlier comment but almost half of our finalists were women. sadly they did not get the votes they needed to move forward to the top 3 (although sommer received an honorary mention award). i would have loved to see more women in the final group, but this was a contest about who designed best alphabet and i think we have a great group of winners here, regardless of gender.


  26. Rachelskirts says:

    Great contest! I love all of the top three winners. Will they be made available at Veer.com for purchase at some point?


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