The Society of Typographic Arts’s (STA) 100 competition is 40 years old. The STA brings the design community together by inviting and encouraging all creative professionals to help build a community with social, educational, and networking opportunities. Through events, activities, conferences and publications, as well as the STA 100 competition, the STA affirms its dedication to pursuing excellence in all forms of communication.
The STA seeks to identify and honor the finest examples of communication design and typography created around the world. The competition jury will select and present only the 100 best examples of typographic excellence produced in the previous year.
The jury of peer professionals represent a wide range of experiences and expertise that demonstrate careers of depth and substance. While they are diverse in their experiences, they are united in that each has made and continues to make a significant commitment to teaching what they have learned and applied.
Since it was founded in Chicago on October 17, 1927, the STA has existed to encourage excellence and professionalism in all aspects of design, printing and typography. Originally a chapter of the New York-based American Institute of Graphic Arts, in 1927 the Society of Typographic Arts created its own identity as an organization of Chicago’s leading professional designers, typographers, and printers.
Typographers R. Hunter Middleton and Osward Bruce Cooper were early Fellows of the Society, which was firmly established by 1939 when L. Moholy-Nagy and the Bauhaus came to Chicago. Through the years the activities of the STA and the work of its members have helped sustain the city’s tradition of excellence in all aspects of the graphic arts.