Communication Arts Magazine Announces Winners of its 9th Annual Typography Competition


Menlo Park, California, October 4, 2018—Communication Arts magazine, a professional journal for those involved in creativity in visual communications, has announced the winners of its 9th annual typography competition. One hundred and twenty-nine projects were selected by a jury of creative professionals; 1,653 entries were submitted to the competition. The selected projects will be reproduced in the January/February 2019 issue of Communication Arts, both in print and digital editions, and more than 25,000 copies will be distributed worldwide assuring important exposure to the creators of these award-winning projects.

SEALS’ winning projected was a series of social media banners for a lecture at The Washington Post.



Communication Arts Typography Annual Finalist


Communication Arts magazine, a professional journal for those involved in creativity in visual communications, has announced the winners of its 9th annual typography
competition. Three hundred and eight projects were selected as finalists by a jury of creative professionals; 1,653 entries were submitted to the competition. Seals is honored to have our two entries to make it to the final round. One was a logo designed for Push Real Estate, and another being a series of social media banners designed for a lecture at the Washington Post.



Feature: The Dots


This Black History Month 2018, we’ve brought together a group of outstanding industry heroes to each nominate 10 black changemakers and creators that are shaping culture, arts, design, business, tech and beyond.

Seals had the honor of being nominated (and first choice) by the legendary Gail Anderson.

For those who don’t know Gail, she recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Design Awards.

Read more about Seals’ nomination here.

P.S., it’s Black History Month in the UK.



Seals Wins 50Books / 50Covers Competition


Today AIGA, the professional association for design, and Design Observer announce the results of “50 Books | 50 Covers” of 2017. Book designers and publishers entered nearly 800 book and cover designs from 40 countries. After careful and considered review, the jury—consisting of Rodrigo Corral, Carin Goldberg, Maricris Herrera, and Jessica Helfand (chair)—recognized submissions that successfully demonstrate design excellence in book and cover design.

I’m extremely honored to be among this select group.

The books, which are exemplars of the craft and effect of good design, will become part of the AIGA collection at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University’s Butler Library and at the Robert Haas Arts Library at Yale University.

Take a look at the winning project here,



Creative Crush: Tré Seals


Uphouse is an amazing company I’ve been doing amazing work with for almost (?) 2 years now. It started when they contracted 3 designers from around the world (including myself) to brand their company. While my (amazing) solution wasn’t chosen, we’ve been working together ever since.

After becoming one of the first Ascenders of the Type Directors Club, UpHouse made an amazing introduction to their clients in the interview with quite a few amazing questions I’ve never been asked before.

Check out the interview here.



AIGA DC: Nonbook Book Club Slack Chat


Where are all the people of color in typographic design?

We’re hosting a live chat with Jon Key of Morcos Key and Tré Seals of Vocal Type on the AIGA DC Diversity & Inclusion Slack chat on the #nonbook_bookclub channel.

Join us for a conversation with this dynamic duo and hear what they have to say about typography, design, and the lack of representation in this niche field.

Learn more about the event here.



TDC Announces Ascenders


The Type Directors Club is extremely pleased to present the 2018 Ascenders, nineteen designers under the age of 35 who show remarkable achievement in typography, type design, and lettering. The board of the Type Directors Club had the difficult task of selecting this group from 230 outstanding designers from 39 countries. The board was impressed with the quality and diversity of the entries, which offered proof that outstanding work is being done around the world. The selected group of 2018 Ascenders come from thirteen countries.

The names of the Ascenders were announced on July 18 at the TDC’s annual awards ceremony in New York City. The nineteen designers will receive awards designed by Matteo Bologna, their work will be exhibited at the Type Directors Club from August 15 to September 7, 2018, and they will be included in the 2019 TDC annual book, The World’s Best Typography.

I’m honored to be among the first group of Ascenders, and the youngest (24) among the 19 amazing winners.



Letterforms: Typeface Design from Past to Future


Designer, author, educator Timothy Samara is a world authority on type and graphic design. His 2004 Rockport book, Typography Workbook has become an essential reference text for design classrooms and industry professionals.

Now, in Letter Forms: The Design of Type, Past to Future he takes readers even deeper, expertly guiding them through the aesthetics as well as the technical considerations of his subject. He begins with an overview spanning the invention of movable type to today's digital typography, and ends with a showcase of contemporary fonts.

Through my font foundry, Vocal Type Co., I have the extreme honor of being featured in this amazing book, 5 times!

Buy your copy here.



The Typographic Details Behind Typewolf’s Favorite Sites of July 2017


This is the 42nd installment of my monthly feature on Typewolf where I share my favorite type-driven websites from the previous month and then write a little about the typographic details behind the designs.

See what Typewolf has to say about Seals’ website here.



Nicely Done: Tré Seals


Famous for creating long-lived typefaces marked by high performance and high style, H&Co creates the fonts that help shape the world’s foremost institutions, publications, causes, and brands.

After having my website featured on Typewolf, the amazing Johnathan Hoefler reached out in amazement at the number of typefaces I used on my site (8 of them, all by H&Co.). He also loved my design worked and offered to have one of my favorite designers, Bethany Heck, interview me for their blog.

Check it out here.



Mindsparkle Mag: Site of the Day


Mindsparkle Mag is more than a high quality online magazine. It is a platform for like-minded people sharing the same values and beliefs. Mindsparkle Mag promotes the most beautiful and inspiring projects in the fields of Design, Web Design and Video. We showcase the finest selection of websites we love, and our Design category covers the best of graphic design, branding, photography, art, interior, product design and architecture. Since its launch in 2011, Mindsparkle Mag has steadily built up a global community.

Today, Seals had the opportunity to have his site featured as “Site of the Day.” Check it out here.



FEATURE: Typeroom


TYPEROOM is an online platform for the Typophile Generation. Showcasing outstanding typographic works, featuring inspiring stories about the letterforms that matter, premiering breaking news and interviewing type designers from around the globe, TYPEROOM is a curated portfolio for the discerning typophile. We would like to be a point of reference for the creatives whose projects and ideas justify the true purpose of typography, in other words, helping humans communicate better

As one of my favorite, but underrated, design blogs that I've been following before they were even called Typeroom. Recently, they did this amazing write up on myself and my font company, Vocal Type Co. Not only that, but the title is awesome! Check it out!

Tre Seals' Vocal Type transforms people's voices to letterforms