The Type Director's Club (TDC) of New York announced that ping-pong Design of Rotterdam was awarded the Typographic Excellence Award in their 56th annual competition. The poster was chosen among 1500 entries from 32 countries.
The winning entry is ping-pong Design's latest poster for Drang Theater in The Hague, for the production of Nieuw Loevestein. The play deals with the miraculous survival of a cast-away, stuck on a deserted island after being thrown from his private yacht by a band of pirates (with nothing to sail in but his watertight Samsonite).
The visuals come from the hallucinatory mind of our protagonist; a whole fish as a message in a bottle. The award-winning typography is a handwritten reinterpretation of a famous brand of rum (see if you can spot which one).
Ping-Pong Design has worked with Drang Theater for seven years, and the posters have become sought-after collector's items for theatergoers. Posters from the same series have previously won prestigious international awards; in 2006 Ado/Ajax was nominated for the National Theater Poster Prize from the Theatre Institute of Amsterdam.
The poster is currently on display in the Cooper Gallery (NY) as well as seven exhibits that travel worldwide.