Gerard Unger Scholarship

January 2015

TypeTogether is pleased to announce the Gerard Unger Scholarship (previously known as the Typeface Publishing Incentive Programme), an initiative to help promising typeface design students develop their careers. Started in 2014, this annual programme supports and offers guidance to at least one selected project. The aim is to enable exceptional projects started during a course of study to be finalised and published commercially as soon as possible after the end of the course. The designer whose project is selected will receive feedback on their design and guidance from the entire TypeTogether team toward completing the family on a commercial basis. Additionally, a sum of money will be provided to allow the designer to continue working on the typeface after the course of study is over.


Who can apply
Any student enrolled in a postgraduate course in typeface design during the 2017–2018 or 2018–2019 academic years.

How to participate
Submit a project by email in PDF format to incentive[at] Required page size is A4. No more than 10 pages per submission. The file should include:

1. Your name and contact details
2. The course and institution in which you are studying
3. The name and contact details of key tutor in your program of study
4. The brief for your typeface (no more than 300 words)
5. Proofs of the typeface (include both details of large lettershapes and text setting)

Key dates
All projects received by March 31, 2019 will be judged. At least one winner will be selected and announced before May 1, 2019.

What the selected designers get:
1. Mentoring
Veronika Burian, José Scaglione, and the rest of the TypeTogether team will provide advice on the commercial, aesthetic, and technical sides of font-making. TypeTogether will offer feedback about design features, help with the testing procedures, and share knowledge, tools, and processes to control the quality of the final product. Mentoring is the core of this programme and will be consistently available from the start of overviewing the contractual terms until the release the typeface.

2. Publishing
A publishing contract that includes the selected type families in TypeTogether’s retail library. This contract allows designers to opt out at any time and offers a 50% royalty rate, which is one of the highest rates in the industry (if not the highest). Designers retain all the rights and ownership of their work.

3. Internship & Funding
The selected designer will enter a working relationship with TypeTogether as internship for a period of 4 months after their graduation or when possible. The student will be expected to work a certain amount of hours per week to develop their typeface only. They will work remotely but within a professional environment were they will learn different aspects of the type-founding industry. The exact terms will be decided in accordance to preferences and possibilities of the selected student and the necessities of the typeface. Their work will be supervised at different stages by the TypeTogether team.
The selected designer will receive € 5.000 paid out in monthly deposits for an internship to develop their own typeface within TypeTogether’s structure.  Additionally, selected designer will receive funding (up to € 1.000) for an educational trip to attend to a top-level typography conference.

For more information about this program please contact us at incentive[at]

José Scaglione, Veronika Burian, and Juan Bruce, taking a look at Juan’s typeface, Noort, selected for the second Incentive Programme.

Noort in use in the specimen submited as part of the Master in Typeface Design, University of Reading, 2015.

Detail of Noort, released in 2017.

José and Veronika giving feedback to Roxane Gataud, the first recipient of the Incentive Programme. Her Bely family was released in 2016.

Poster specimen of Roxane Gataud’s typeface, Bely

Detail of Bely’s specimen.

Specimen created by Quentin Schmerber for the Temeraire family, third recipient of the Incentive Programme, 2016.

Temeraire, by 2016’s recipient, Quentin Schmerber. The type family was released in 2018.

Lanka, designed by Bogidar Mascareñas, was the fourth recipient of the Incentive Programme, 2016.

Specimen of Lanka, by Bogidar Mascareñas, for the TypeMedia 2016 exhibition. Photo by Marc Rouault.

Specimen of Lanka, by Bogidar Mascareñas, for the TypeMedia 2016 exhibition. Photo by Marc Rouault.

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