Type Battle 40 // Typophile's 10th Anniversary

Zara Evens's picture

This week's battle: Draw the number 10, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Typophile.

To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we are inviting everyone to draw the number 10! After collecting the best entries, we plan to incorporate them back into our logo for this year and then perhaps even create some limited edition artifacts for the community.

Winner take all, no holds barred. May the best designer win.


- Solution must be typographic and contain only the numerals "1" and "0".
- Numerals must be custom drawn. No use of existing fonts!
- Image size: 550 width x 400 height. 72 dpi*
- Color: Black and White
- Format: PNG, GIF or JPG (Preferred in that order. Make sure there are no spaces in the name)
- Please keep an EPS or other vector formatted file on hand in the event we choose your design.

*Please try to keep your file sizes to a minimum! 50k per file max.


This is your chance to flex your type muscles on a weekly basis. You have one week to create and submit your entry. Anyone may submit a design response to the challenge. You may enter as often as you wish. Post anytime. Critiques and comments are welcome throughout the game, from participants and spectators alike. Smack talk is encouraged.

As with any street battle, there is no panel of judges and no prize — only the ability to call yourself the best on the block.

Link directly to this battle: http://www.typophile.com/battle40
Link to the battle directory: http://www.typophile.com/typebattles

WType's picture

Latecomer. Formed by 2 highly elaborate letters.

WType's picture


andrevv's picture


tIPODgraphic's picture

1 more! ^^

sangwooksohn's picture

modded ;0

matt_yow's picture

ihoff, your most recent birthday candle concept is superb!

ihoff's picture

Thank you, matt. I absolutely LOVE all your concepts on page 1. There are so many entries I like, I haven't bothered to comment. ;)

matt_yow's picture

when does this end? (I thought it was "one week")
I could keep making 1s and 0s for a few more weeks - but would prefer to know the outcome soon...

rubenDmarkes's picture

Late for the party, but whatever. =)
I don't know if it's been actually done or noticed, but that last one can actually be rotated to show a kind of a badge with an italic T (well, not the last one, now…), so I rotated it for your viewing pleasure and ease. =) It is pretty bad as a number ten (unreadable), but a great number one badge rotatable into a T (for Typophile, obviously) badge which can also be seen as a face. :P

ihoff's picture

dezcom (your first entry) – love the t – it's so strong, difficult to separate the black characters.

mans – so much symbolism here! i see: the conceptual aspect of celebration as 'looking back' and the printing aspect of reversing type.

keady – love the contrasts, vibrancy and perfect balance of your first entry. a winner, methinks. stripes, stripes, stripes also nice. another ten: lovely. also love 1 [heart]

jan – broke all the rules in such a clever way.

grant – another winner: the heart. so different. wow.

randy – clever! but i'd drop the explanation. so elegant and strong on its own.

dave m – artful – could see this printed 1m by 1m and hanging on my wall.

eliason – 1.26pm version – distinct and timeless.

coffee (2.18pm) – like the lower lefthand version best.

francis bold – would love to see your entry as two animal characters.

corey – beautiful reduction. another winner!

eims – elegant and fun!

phrostbyte 64 – love the playful aspect of your last entry on page (circles – reminds me of the cookie monster), and the goey one on page two is delightful.

matt_yow – all the entries on page 1 are winners.

visualchemist – love the overlapping of the word over the numerals.

apul – 20.Apr 11.57 entry – a winner!

tomh – love the symbolism of 10 years...turning a corner.

typomil – love it. especially the perfect 1.

tipodgraphic – like it.

diehair – piercingly beautiful.

colcon_canava (24.Apr.2010 6.30pm) – love this one.could see it as a large scale print.

rubenDmarkes – really like the fourth entry (1+planet)

fbrccn's picture

happy b - whoops

matt_yow's picture

fbrccn, wow! great post!! ^^

eliaschafino's picture

My first battle! happy Anniversary!

dtw's picture

Just as a reaction to some of the very geometric computery ones, here's something scratched out with a felt-tip. Drawing aids banned (ruler and Tipp-ex included)...

phrostbyte64's picture

@dtw: That's cool, but getting a clean vector is going to be a class a pain.

dtw's picture

Ha ha, you may have a point there...

ihoff's picture


dtw's picture

I like Nina's (which reminds us of the origins of the exclamation mark),
Huang's cricket bat made me smile (because I'm British – god, I hope it was a cricket bat having said that),
Gill's elegance, and
Ruben's clever T/face badge.

Quincunx's picture

Kinda late, but I thought I'd add my quick doodles as well. :)

johnkanesmith's picture

Better late than never. This is my first Type Battle. Great idea...

sofaman's picture

First post. Some really amazing submissions here.

zeimusu's picture

Up arrows and kites?

riccard0's picture

@itc_james: very clever composition! :-)

wormwood's picture

Conception came a little late...

phrostbyte64's picture

There are a lots of cool entries, 10's in anybody's book. But, where does it go from here?

ophello's picture

Hope I'm not too late...

Arno Enslin's picture

My favorite is one of ihoff’s tens – the one with the brackets:

ihoff's picture

Wow. Thanks.

dezcom's picture

Goal! Score one for Arno!

keady's picture

Endless battle ;)

ihoff's picture

Ha, Keady. Agree. 10 will soon become 11. I see 11s in Arno's last entry. :)

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