TDC Awards

The TDC competition, established in 1953, is the longest running, most prestigious, global typography and type design competition. Now in its 70th year, these awards are all about how letterforms are used and drawn, recognizing typographic excellence and celebrating new typeface designs in all global languages.

2022 TDC Awards - Typeface Design

RVS Basic

Agency 3type / Shanghai

Client 3type


Super Family / Type System / Variable Font

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RVS Basic is a brilliant and bold reverse-contrast typeface with an emphasis on Hanzi. Commercial letterings from the Republic of China and a calligraphic style named Qishu from Qing Dynasty jointly inspired the typeface. RVS Basic’s design is highly strict and geometric, yet it still leaves quirky cues here and there. Dots in Hanzi, for example, are deliberately drawn in circles and are smartly merged where appropriate. Such daring features bring a cheerful atmosphere to the typeface, creating an unique expression for each Chinese glyph. RVS Basic is ideal for display use in large size and smaller titles. Various opentype features will give you plenty of surprises when you play with the font.

2022 Awards

Total Points: 20

TDC Winner


Type Foundry

3type / Shanghai
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