2018 Student Briefs

2018 Student Briefs

The new ISTD briefs launched October 2017 for the 2018 Assessment.

Through its highly acclaimed Assessment scheme, ISTD engages with universities and institutions across the globe to raise the profile of typography in design education. Our goal is to give both tutors and students the opportunity to explore and develop typography as an inherent part of the design process and thus bring the typographic gesture to the forefront of their design education.

ISTD’s briefs continue to innovate and challenge.
Our practice is based upon the printed word but now embraces the gamut of media and technologies that we communicate with. Accordingly, we have progressively written our student project briefs for interpretation through a range of media. How and where we use the written word brings new issues, and also new opportunities to test our skills. First and foremost we are communicators skilfully utilizing design to inform, persuade and delight. This makes each project a more demanding yet stimulating exercise.

Providing contrasting subjects and media.
The 2018 briefs offer a range of challenges for students to flex their typographic muscle. Of the five briefs, one has been written in honour of our founder Vincent Steer to commemorate the Society’s 90th anniversary.

Registration for the 2018 Assessment
The new online platform for the ISTD Assessment is here. All tutors who usually enter student work have been informed about this new facility. If you are new to the assessment, please email to be put on the mailing list. Meanwhile we invite you to download and start work on the 2018 briefs.

John Paul Dowling FISTD
ISTD Education Director