In 2011, the New Art Foundation ZNACZY SIĘ conducted the Type Design International Student Competition “Milosz 2011.” The Competition was set up to commemorate the centennial of the birth of Czesław Miłosz – poet, writer, translator and Nobel Prize laureate in literature. Upon awarding the prize to Miłosz, the Swedish Academy praised him as the author “who with uncompromising clear-sightedness voices man’s exposed condition in the world of severe conflicts.” Thus, we followed the lead and asked the Jury to look for the typeface Milosz that would not only bring out the craft of the type designer but would also reflect the spirit of Miłosz’s writings. A typeface that, in the words of Miłosz’s friend Jerzy Ilg, is “fervent and austere, mystical and sensuous, youthful and welcoming death, conquerous and subtle, serious and laughing hard.”

In October 2011, the international Jury – Barbara Kęsek-Bardel, Veronika Burian, Pilar Cano, Robert Oleś and Kuba Sowiński awarded the prize to Damien Collot of France. Mr Collot is a 2011 graduate of École supérieure d'art et de design in Amiens and his work was supervised by Mr Titus Nemeth. The Jury also awarded an Honorable Mention to a team of designers from School of Design in Zagreb, Croatia – Marko Hrastovec, Andrija Mudnic and Luka Reicher (supervised by dr. Nikola Djurek) for the design of the italics typeface. The entries by Renata Pokrywińska of Uniwersytet Artystyczny in Poznań, Poland (prof. Krzysztof Kochnowicz – supervisor) and Daniel Sabino de Souza of Eina-Escuela Superior de Disseny in Spain (Ms. Laura Meseguer – supervisor) completed the list of the finalists.

There are four variants of the winning Milosz Typeface: Regular, Regular Bold, Italics, Italics Bold. Milosz has all characters necessary to set a continuous text and may be used equally well for poetry and prose.

The Milosz Typeface is available to Czesław Miłosz publishers for text setting free of charge for two years (2012-2013). To contract the Milosz Typeface for publishing please contact the New Art Foundation ZNACZY SIĘ www.znaczysie.pl at fundacja@znaczysie.pl. The typeface is also available for sale (please contact Mr Damien Collot at www.damien-collot.com).

The samples of Milosz Typeface and of the entries by other finalists are posted on the Competition website/gallery.

▲ Winning entry - Damien Collot