I've enjoyed judging some fairly illustrious type design contests with some great people, as well as numerous more humble events, portfolio reviews and the like. It's an incredible opportunity to exchange opinions with colleagues about the submitted work as well as the state of the art.
Most recently I judged the print submissions of the Kansas City NPO design awards (2010). Here are a few photos from two of the events.
TDC2 2002 (photos on the left below)
Linotype's Type Design Contest (photos to right),
Bad Homburg, Germany
Right top: Otmar Hofer (Linotype), Erik Spiekermann, John Hudson, Jill, Akira Kobayashi and Gerald Unger
Ed Benguiat, Jill, Gerald, Linotype guys standing (Otmar and Bernard Hofmacher), John Hudson, Akira and Erik
Ed Benguiat, Jill, Gerald
Above: John Downer and I also spoke to a very well attended meeting of the Type Director's Club.
Photos by Rick Cusick