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Competition: Counter

Competitions, News | | May 8th, 2018

Dear FontStructors,

Who says referendums are a threat to true democracy? In the perfect world of FontStruct, they work beautifully. Before we’ve even started, we have a winner!

The results of our recent Twitter poll:

Counter it is …

Competition Brief

Counter Competition FontStruct

Our theme is Counter: “the area of a letter that is entirely or partially enclosed by a letter form or a symbol (the counter-space/the hole of)” as wikipedia describes it.

What goes on within those little pools of nothingness inside your letters? Are they empty, or filled? Does their surface swallow all light, or shimmer or glow?

Of course you can choose any other sense of “Counter“ (arithmetical, political, military etc) if you wish. – You don’t have to pursue the typographic angle.

Potential sources of inspiration could be our sets: “Filled Counter”, or “Pattern Fill”.

Competition Time Period

Wednesday, 8th May 2018 – Saturday 1st June, 2018

Competition Rules

  1. You must be a registered FontStruct user.
  2. Your submission(s) must be posted and made “public” between 8th May 2018 and 1st June, 2018. 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 than 1st June, 2018 at 11pm PST. Additionally, your submission(s) must remain public at least until 10th June 2018 in order to give the judges enough time to review all qualifying entries.
  3. Your submission(s) must be tagged with a “CounterComp” tag. (For fairness, during the competition time period, no FontStruction with the “CounterComp” tag will be awarded a Top Pick.)
  4. Your submission(s) must be downloadable. If your FontStruction cannot be downloaded, the submission will not be including in the judging.
  5. Your submission must be a newly published FontStruction. Simply adding the “CounterComp” 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 grid squares 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 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 June 2nd and June 9th. Three prizewinners will be chosen. One of these will be the FontStructors’ Favourite. Winners will be announced in a FontStruct Blog post on Monday June 11th.


Each winner can choose a t-shirt printed with a FontStruction glyph of their choice.

FontStructors’ Favourite

The valid entry with the greatest number of legitimate favourites at 11pm PST on 8th June 2018 will be one of the three prizewinners.


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

May the best FontStruction win.

Fontstructions used in the image above, from left to right: zyrup eYe/FS by elmoyeniquethe pattern exchange by fourMasthead Black by oliviajohnsontm Bulba by thalamicDizz by geneus1Sleepless by four, and soundwave by escaphandro.

FontStruct would like to thank our current principal sponsor: Google Fonts




  1. Sed4tives

    Finished my attempt, so‘count’ me in!

    BTW: Should I publish it right away or rather wait till near the end of the competition?

    Sed4tives — May 8, 2018 #

  2. Rob Meek (meek)

    @Sed4tives. When you publish is entirely up to you as long as it’s within the competition timeframe.

    Rob Meek (meek) — May 10, 2018 #

  3. KyooshiFonts

    mmm hmm

    KyooshiFonts — May 15, 2018 #