About STA 100

The STA honors the 100 best examples of typographic excellence produced around the globe each year.

The History

The STA 100 international competition is 42 years in the making. Each fall, we bring the global design community together by inviting all creative professionals to submit typographic work and get recognized for it while building a network with unique industry opportunities in Chicago and beyond.

The Competition

We honor the 100 best examples of typographic excellence produced around the globe each year. Entries must have been published between September 2019 and October 2020. The fee structure for the STA 100 competition is designed to stimulate submissions from designers, agencies, freelancers, students, and organizations while encouraging new membership to our non-profit.

Thank you to the Design Museum of Chicago for once again supporting the STA 100. Learn about their important work at designchicago.org

The Judges

Judged by a panel of distinguished industry professionals, each member of the STA 100 jury has made a significant contribution to the field of communication design. Together, the panel brings unrivaled expertise to their selections, identifying only 100 winners and one Judge’s Choice award each. The winners are announced during a live event, which is followed by an open discussion of that year’s work.

Meet the Judges


Since being established in 1927, the Society of Typographic Arts (STA) has been a vital participant in the Chicago design community. We produce events, connect creative professionals, and develop publications. Today, we are a 501(c)(3) membership organization serving as the driving force in Chicago design, presenting a much loved schedule of events.

With a diverse and storied history, our network of industry experts spans the globe, promoting high standards in visual communication with emphasis on the culture, technology, and politics of typography. We preserve and advance the graphic arts while making the discipline accessible to and for everyone.

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Display typeface is Hesse Antiqua, designed by Gudrun Zapf von Hesse in 1946.

Poster design by Carlos Segura, Founder Segura, Inc.