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

gingerbeardman's picture

My first battle! Hello everybody.

YooperGrrrl's picture

My first battle, as well!

jakob_runge's picture

first battle for me, too.

designed with »sinews« form 26plus-zeichen.de

designed with »edelsans«

designed with »fracmetrica black«

eliason's picture

10 / t (for typophile!)

Solution must be typographic and contain only the numerals "1" and "0".
Erm... would you believe this is a discretionary ligature?

creativeputty's picture

Couldn't resist... Thanks for the inspiration from #1 and #2.

dezcom's picture

Couldn't figure a way to include Bo Derek :-)


Mans's picture

The way it used to be.

Mans's picture

If others are including subliminal messages, then so can I:

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Zara Evens's picture

@eliason: I think you found the perfect way to bend the rules :)

keady's picture

Hello everybody! I thought that maybe it's time to post first post here ;)
So it is :)

10 times 10!

apankrat's picture

> designed with »sinews« form 26plus-zeichen.de

Fill the white areas with the background color and it should start looking even more interesting.

Jan's picture

Let’s see. Any rules I didn’t bend? Eh, no.

Grant Hutchinson's picture

Happy birthday, Typophile. With love.

apankrat's picture

Slight spin on Jacob's idea with Edelsans:

Randy's picture

Compulsive rule breaker:

Thank you Punchcut!

riccard0's picture

Iteration one (the geometric bare minimum):

Iteration two (a more recognisable zero):

EN's picture

My first type-battle ever!

Grant Hutchinson's picture

@keady I’m always a sucker for concentric rings. Reminds me a bit of an entry of mine from an earlier Type Battle.

@riccard0 I really like those. Nicely done.

riccard0's picture

Thanks Grant! (your colorised variations are yummy :-)

Here’s another one:

(slanted 10° by the way ;-)

eliason's picture

your colorised variations are yummy

That was just the adjective I was going to use. Nice work!

I also like gingerbeardman's, Mans's first one, and keady's.

riccard0's picture

Sorry eliason for not acknowledging your creation as inspiration for my last one!

Also, Grant’s one remembers me of eastern arabic numerals. And since the rules state: - Solution must be typographic and contain only the numerals "1" and "0"., I think would be good to see some other than western arabic numerals:

nettoo's picture

Something like this? :P

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DavM's picture

Here goes

coffee's picture

I haven't seen the X already in this post. Maybe this is the first stone, make some ripples.

Paul Cutler's picture

Happy 10th Anniversary. This place has seen many battles, this just the latest. :)


dezcom's picture

The key to success, Paul!

Paul Cutler's picture

Agreed dezcom - the moderators and the people that "be" need to be congratulated for allowing people like me, and all others who want to express their opinions, latitude. It's a wonderful site.


keady's picture

Stripes, stripes, stripes... ;)

DavM, yours 10 is great for me! Also I very like heart from Grant, gingerbeardman's minimal and starry 10 by EN.
I will like battles here. I'm sure of it :)

keady's picture

And fast one inspired by DavM's work ;)

snailrider's picture

First battle here:

riccard0's picture

Chinese, or just 90° art deco?

Vladimir Tamari's picture

ihoff, I did not copy your black circle idea- after reading about the contest and starting my design, I scrolled down and there was your nice design!

ihoff's picture

Vladimir, thanks for the comment. I wouldn't think it was a copy, it's very different. But, you've definitely inspired my entry – let's call it a joint one, shall we?

ihoff's picture

...and this one. Inspired by Vladimir.

keady's picture

And another one. Or another ten ;)

keady's picture

Hmmm... ;)

francis bold's picture

London cockney rhyming slang for 10.

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