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Stencil Competition

Competitions, News | | September 20th, 2012

Stencil Competition

It’s been quite a while since FontStructors have had the chance to battle for fun, honour and prizes in an official competition. Now, the wait is over.

The brief for this latest competition is to design a FontStruction for stenciling. All entries to this competition should be some form of stencil FontStruction published on or before October 12th 13th 2012 and tagged with “Stencilcomp“.

There’s quite a diverse collection of wonderful stencil designs in the FontStruct gallery already, both categorized and tagged, and FontShop also has a huge collection of stencils fonts to admire. But, perhaps a better place to look for original inspiration would be in your life and in the world around you. We hope you will be gripped by the pragmatic and purposeful spirit of the stenciling tradition.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with stenciling you can find lots of great resources online – introductions and tutorials, both basic and detailed. One important idea is that of islands and bridges. For a reusable stencil there can be no islands without bridges! Here are some examples including a Helvetica “O” with its isolated island, some stencil letters with bridges (in yellow), and an apocalyptic approach – no islands!

Bridges and Islands

Every entry to this competition should be accompanied by an uploaded sample. You certainly don’t have to, but we would strongly recommend making and applying an actual stencil from your work.

Here are a few examples of great stencil designs from the FontStruct’s archive. Below that come the detailed competition rules which you should read before entering.

Stencil FontStruction Examples

Competition time period

September 21st – October 12th 2012

Competition rules

1. You must be a registered FontStruct user.

2. Your submission(s) must be posted and made “public” between September 20th – October 12th 13th 2012. Although you are encouraged to share your submission(s) at any time between these dates, your FontStruction submission(s) must be public (marked “share with everyone”) no later then October 12th 13th at 11pm PST. Additionally, your submission(s) must remain public until October 26th in order to give the judges enough time to review all qualifying entries.

3. Your submission(s) must be tagged with a “StencilComp” tag. (For fairness, during the competition time period, September 21st to October 26th, no FontStruction with the “StencilComp” tag will be awarded a Top Pick or be available for a Featured FontStruction pick.)

4. Your submission(s) must be downloadable. If your FontStruction cannot be downloaded, the submission will be disqualified.

5. Your submission must be a newly published FontStruction. Simply adding the “StencilComp” tag to an already published font is not allowed.

6. For each submission, you must post at least one sample image in the comments of the FontStruction.

7. No letters in each submission can be MORE THAN 48 bricks high.

8. FontStruct cloning is permitted but the judges will be looking for original work.

9. You may enter up to three FontStructions to the competition.

10. This is a friendly competition. Cheering, favoriting and fun banter is encouraged but cruel and uncivil behavior will not be tolerated.

11. No rules regarding licensing. You may choose any Creative Commons license you like for your FontStruction.

Judging and announcing the winners

All qualifying FontStructions will by judged by the FontStruct staff and guest judges, between the October 13th 14th and October 20th. Three prizewinners will be chosen. One of these will be the FontStructors’ Favorite. Winners will be announced in a FontStruct Blog post on October 26th.


All winners will receive a signed and numbered copy of the FontStruct poster.

In addition, all winners will have their winning FontStructions posted as Featured FontStructions for two weeks after the winners are announced.

FontStructors’ Favorite

The valid entry with the greatest number of legitimate favorites at 11pm PST on October 12th 13th will be one of the three prizewinners.

Spread the Word

Tell your friends. The button floating above every FontStruction is a really quick and easy way to point your friends and followers to your work. Maybe you can drum up some more  favorite s for your entry in that way, or entice some novice FontStructors into the game.


If you have questions just add them as comments to this post.

Let’s get FontStructing!


  1. demonics

    I’m looking forward to this one! This seems like the best FScompetition yet. How very creative.

    22 days! OK, I’ll have to get started this weekend!
    Fun competition!

    demonics — September 20, 2012 #

  2. will.i.ૐ

    This one’s gonna be epic!

    will.i.ૐ — September 20, 2012 #

  3. Rahi-Tak

    Heehee, I can’t wait! :D
    I’m going to try and do three different entries.

    Good luck, everyone participating!

    Rahi-Tak — September 20, 2012 #

  4. aphoria

    Woo hoo! There goes my weekend.

    aphoria — September 21, 2012 #

  5. CMunk

    This looks like so much fun! I would get to work immediately if it wasn’t for my being busy moving. I hope I will find time for it somehow!

    CMunk — September 23, 2012 #

  6. minidonut

    First time to enter a competition. I’ll keep it a bit in my style. If you see my fonts, you’ll understand… *evil laugh*

    minidonut — September 24, 2012 #

  7. Umbreon126

    Small height but exploding with random scripts? Just joking :P

    Umbreon126 — September 25, 2012 #

  8. minidonut

    Deadline extended? Wha… o.o

    minidonut — October 11, 2012 #

  9. CMunk

    Thank you, Meek. I really needed that extra day. The other deadline sort of collided with my school work :P

    CMunk — October 12, 2012 #

  10. softhunterdevil

    Entered the competition today, not sure if timelimit has passed, as its is 13-Oct by Indian Standard Time.

    softhunterdevil — October 13, 2012 #

  11. elmoyenique

    It was fun. And the “heavy weighs” of FS publishing all togethers at the last hours… WOOOOW…! I’m glad to participate on this challenge, I’ve learned a lot! Thanks FS!

    elmoyenique — October 14, 2012 #