Malabar claims German Design Prize Gold

Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Gold
This year’s German Design Prize jury has selected my Malabar typeface as one of ten works from across the nation to received the coveted design prize of the Federal Republic of Germany in gold.

In June, the German Federal Ministry of Economic and Technology nominated my Malabar typeface for the 2010 German Design Prize. The design prize of the Federal Republic of Germany is the country’s highest distinction in the field of design. No other design award sets such strict criteria on entries. A company can only enter the competition of its product has already been recognized in another national or international competition. Over 1,200 items were nominated for the 2010 judging.

Earlier today, the German Design Council published the 45 winners for 2010 at I am very pleased to announce that Malabar is one of ten works awarded with a gold prize.

How are the competitions results? In the product design category, five works received gold, and 18 others silver. In the communication design category, five more works received gold, with 17 silver awards. Although other typefaces were nominated, Malabar is the only typeface design among this year’s winners. Congratulations to this year’s other prize recipients, as well as all of the 1,200+ design pieces that were nominated!

This gold in the Federal Republic of Germany Design Prize 2010 is the third award that Malabar has received to date. Earlier this year, the typeface was awarded a certificate of excellence in type design at the Type Directors Club of New York TDC² competition. In May, Malabar took home a silver prize at ED-Awards 2009, the annual European Design competition.

Malabar grew out of Martel, a multi-script design that I initially created in 2008 on the MA Typeface Design course at the University of Reading. The Latin component is currently distributed by Linotype, and you can buy it here. The Devanagari is still under development, and will be released soon.

The German Design Prize 2010 award ceremony will take place on February 12, 2010 at the Ambiente trade fair in Frankfurt. Ambiente visitors will be able to view Malabar in a German Design Prize exhibition on the fair grounds from February 12–16, 2010. Additionally, the German Design Council will distribute a 2010 year book internationally. Among other things, the catalog will include information about all of this year’s prize winners.

All German Design Prize 2010 winners may be browsed at


  1. Congratulations Dan! Well deserved.

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  4. Hey Dan, wonderful news. Congratulations to you.

  5. Thank you, Nora!

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  7. Jacques Le Bailly 26 October 2009 at 22:38

    Super Dan ! Congrats !

    What is your next project ? 😉


  8. Well, I’m spending time on some non-Latin things at work. After that, I have to finish up Malabar Devanagari. Right now, it just has one weight, and I think that it needs at least two more before I bring it onto the market. After that is done, who knows?

  9. congratulatios great work, great site and great idea

    hello from Mexico

  10. Great news! Welcome to the club (I got Gold for DB Type). Also great news that finally type has come to be recognized by these juries.

    Best from Mexico City where we miss you at the ATypI.

  11. I wish that I could be at the ATypI conference in Mexico City this year. But at least it seems (from the Internet chatter) that there is a healthy attendance, and that is good. I remember naysayers telling me that no one would travel this year, because of the economy…

    I’m not going to compare Malabar with DB Type, which lives on a much, much higher plane of existence. But I do definitely agree that it is very good when typefaces pick up top prizes in general design competitions. Type is an important “product”… and it is great to see a broad, national design community recognize this.

  12. Congratulations, Dan !

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