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GRANSHAN is the hub for global visual identity.

We celebrate non-Latin typefaces and typography, design and communication that enable communities to develop culture and enterprises in a balance between local, regional, and global.

“To bring together a multitude of experts in non-Latin typefaces from around the world proofed to be a very worthwhile endeavor: It is one ingenious way to keep diversity alive, to make sure that the written word in a variety of languages from anywhere in the globe stay fresh and juicy.” —Stefan Sagmeister

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GRANSHAN proudly promotes the first Korean Typography Competition: Oesol International Typography Award!

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We are very pleased to announce the results of the 12th GRANSHAN Type Design Competition: WINNERS

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The GRANSHAN Type Design Competition 2019 results are out!

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The Team Behind GRANSHAN


Boris Kochan is Designer & Publicist, Curator & Consultant. He is founder and CEO of KOCHAN & PARTNER, a branding and design agency in Munich and Berlin. For GRANSHAN he is Co-Chairman of the Competition and President of the GRANSHAN Foundation e.V.

Script Expert

Dr Fiona Ross specializes in non-Latin type design and typography. Since 1989 she has worked as a consultant, author, lecturer, and type designer. Since 2012 she is a jury member of GRANSHAN competition and held the Script Chair for South Asian Scripts until 2019.

Script Expert

Gerry Leonidas is an Associate Professor in Typography at the University of Reading, UK. He teaches, supervises, and lectures on typography, typeface design, and typographic education.

Script Chair

Since 2007 she has been a member of the GRANSHAN organizing committee and since 2013 she has been a member of the jury board of Annual International Type Design competition GRANSHAN.

Co-Chair TypeDesign competition

Veronika Burian is a type designer and the co-founder of the independent type foundry TypeTogether with José Scaglione, publishing award-winning typefaces and collaborating on tailored typefaces for a variety of clients. Furthermore, TypeTogether supports young people with a Typeface Publishing Program – the »Gerard Unger Scholarship«.

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Hrant Papazian is an Armenian native of Lebanon; his perspective on written communication was formed at the crossroads of three competing visual cultures. He now lives in Los Angeles, relishing the unique ethnic salad.


Dive into the realm of GRANSHAN activities!

In 2008 the Armenien Ministry of Culture founded a national type competition and one year later a visit of the typographic society munich (tgm) in Armenia took place.
What followed was a productive cooperation on behalf of non-Latin typography.
At this moment the idea of GRANSHAN was born.
The very first GRANSHAN conference then was held in 2012 and has been held now each year ever since.
Get a look at the spirit of GRANSHAN. GRANSHAN means professional exchange and international collaboration in the four pillars competition, conference, exhibition and publications. This is the fundament of all GRANSHAN projects.


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