Street Alphabet Competition

Competition closes: 08 Apr 2011

Voting period: 24 Mar 2011 - 08 Apr 2011

This competition has now finished
Congratulations to DEREK_BEERS whose entry was chosen by our judges as the winning entry!
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Street Alphabet Competition


Entry guidelines
- The brief is open to artists from all mediums, not just street art!
- Please fit your alphabet - just the letters A to Z - onto an A4 page
- Dimensions: A4, portrait
- For purposes of voting and pre-viewing in the web gallery, your entry needs to be formatted into a JPG or PNG format, RGB, resolution: 72dpi, max filesize: 1MB
- For optimal viewing in the gallery, please resize your image to 610 pixels width
- Please make sure your name, daytime phone number and email address are added to your profile on - you can edit your profile at any time but please make sure this information is present before the competition ends
- All work must be original and created for this brief and must not have been used or published elsewhere before
- If your entry is chosen as the winner, you will be contacted to send over the hi-res (300 dpi) version of it. So be prepared to have this quality version ready if you are chosen
- Remember to check out our inspiration page here!

Terms and conditions

- Entries with the highest votes may not necessarily win
- Please do not feature the Don't Panic logo on your design
- Entries received after the deadline will not be considered
- Entries that do not follow the design brief will not be considered but may not be deleted
- Entries can only be submitted via
- All entries will be moderated and any containing any offensive imagery will be removed
About judging
The top 5 entries from the top 20 entries with the most votes by the end of the competition will be chosen by MadC (Claudia Walde) and Charley Edwards (Pure Evil).
The top 5 will be printed and displayed (on A4) at Pure Evil Gallery in a dedicated space during the MadabC show and book launch from 14th April 2011. All will also receive a free copy of the book and an invitation to the private view and launch party. The overall winner will also receive £300 worth of Thames & Hudson books of their choice.

Street Fonts
Graffiti Alphabets from Around the World

Claudia Walde
Publication date: 28 February 2011
Price: £19.95

Claudia Walde, aka MadC, is a graffiti artist, designer and writer. She is the author of Sticker City: Paper Graffiti Art (2007).


Don't Panic has teamed up with Thames & Hudson to give you the chance to see your own street font displayed alongside those featured in Claudia Walde's new book, Street Fonts: Graffiti Alphabets from Around the World.

Simply create your own alphabet, A to Z. For inspiration, see some extracts from the book itself here.

To enter, follow the guidelines carefully and then upload your design below. You can upload from now, with voting opening on the 24th March, and closing on 8th April 2011. Good luck!

About the book

Street Fonts celebrates the beauty of graffiti writing. Claudia Walde spent over two years collecting alphabets by 154 artists - all of whom have roots in graffiti - from thirty countries, with a view to showing the many different styles of lettering within graffiti and street art cultures.

As graffiti artists tend to print the same letters of their tag again and again, they rarely design complete alphabets. Walde set them each the same brief: to design all twenty-six letters of the Latin alphabet. Their approach to the task and how they selected the media with which to express their ideas was entirely up to them, and the results are a fascinating insight into the creative process.

Some artists are world-renowned such as 123 Klan (Canada), Faith47 (South Africa), Inkie (UK) and Hera (Germany); others are lesser known or only now starting to emerge. Street Fonts, with over one hundred and fifty original alphabets exclusive to this book, shows a wide range of styles from classic old-school graffiti letter forms to modern font designs. It will be a source of inspiration for experienced writers, type designers and beginners alike.


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