TDC2 2009 results

It’s that time of year again. The Type Directors club (TDC) has just announced its 2009 typeface awards, with the winners being awarded the Certificate of Typographic Excellence in Type Design. Here are a several of my favourites:

Cassius from Mathieu Réguer:

cassius

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Malabar from Dan Reynolds:

malabar by dan reynolds

The Malabar family will be available for purchase pretty soon. Initially available in Regular, Bold, and Heavy; each with their respective Italics. Devanagari support to come later. Dan is also the author of the type blog typeoff. And this article’s masthead is set in Malabar Heavy Italic. [twitter]

Orbe by Rui abreu:

orbe by rui abreu

Following up on National’s success last year, Kris Sowersby collects another two statues for two custom typefaces, Hardys & Serrano.

All winning entries will be published in Typography 30. If you don’t have your copy of Typography 29 (with last year’s winners, and lots, lots more), then I recommend it.

Congratulations to all the winners. However, I am surprised by the omission of Skolar. I think (if it was entered) it would have come away with an award. Perhaps next year?

Which are your favourites?

Coming up …

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  1. Cassius looks very nice.

  2. Hardys is beautiful. Montague Script is fine as well.

  3. Malabar is just beautiful. Can’t wait to see it closer.

  4. Elí

    My favourites are
    Display Optica
    Script Adios
    Text Ginkgo
    Text system Of course Cassius is amazing
    Congratulations winners!

  5. Lovely fonts, may you suggest one for my site, which are all related to papers?

    http://www.papercraftscentral.net

    Thank you

  6. I love the serifs on Malabar heavy.. and the high x-height makes the italic lower-case h (in your example) gorgeous.. the crazy contrast is also interesting, best seen in the lowercase a in the heavy (or bold?) italic..

  7. Obviously, I’m biased, but I was disappointed not to see a single FontFont make the cut (FF Chambers? FF Netto? FF Pitu? FF Mister K? FF Utility?).

    That said, there is some excellent work among the winners. Congrats to all.

  8. I think Orbe by Rui Abreu is amazingly well drawn. My favorite no doubt. Klimax also looks great.

  9. A fine selection: these three are among my favourites too. But my absolute favourite from this year’s winners is the Copte Scripte font from Laurent Bourcellier & Jonathan Perez.

  10. @Stephen, I share your sentiments, especially on Chambers, Netto, and Mister K.

    Nonetheless, I think Malabar and Klimax are excellent.

  11. mic

    love cassius… can’t wait to see this get released :)
    Great blog btw, I vouch to never remove it from my netvibes feed page!

  12. I thought that Geneo looked very nice and seems like it’s going to have everything from extra light to black.

  13. @Zélia
    If you can’t wait to see Malabar up close, go to typefacedesign.org and downnload the PDF specimen of Martel. Martel was Malabar’s working title while I was designing it at the University of Reading. The Martel specimen will show you what went on to become Malabar Regular, Malabar Italic, Mabalabr Bold, and Malabar Heavy. I hadn’t drawn the Bold Italic or the Heavy Italic yet… those came later! Of course, there is quite a lot of Devanagari to see in that PDF specimen, too. That specimen is the only place you’ll be able to see my Devanagari character set, at least for the time being!

    @Alex Charchar
    Both of the Malabar samples on this page that feature a heavy italic a are from the Heavy Italic font. There isn’t any of the Bold Italic to see on this page. But don’t worry :-)

  14. ERE

    i think that “optica normal” is a great work, and excellent initiative.
    “Bravo México”, we did it again.

    Congratulations Manolo.

  15. Peter H

    Nice fonts!

    I have a question, I don’t now if it’s appropriate here…… I own a small research company (economic research). We make reports. I’m looking for a new font, it should be readable, modern but also reliable, so not ‘over the top’. I’d prefer to have lowercase figures as well.

    One of the candidates is the FF Meta serif and sans serif set. What suggestions would you have? Of course I’m also open to free fonts! But I am willing to pay for a good font as well. My idea is to have a modern serif font for the body text, and sans serif for the illustrations, tables, footnotes etc.

    Thanks in advance

  16. Peter
    That’s a big question, but if you’re already looking at FF Meta & FF Meta Serif, then you can’t go far wrong. Would be money well invested. Of course, there are myriad others to choose from, but without seeing what you’re working on, it’s impossible to be more precise.

  17. Ah cool, thought so, thanks ;)

  18. Nice. I love the idea of people still designing classic fonts. I been wanting to do so my self but always have an excuse to avoid starting to draw… Congrats to the winners!

  19. kate

    I really like the Malabar font. I like that it is a relatively rounded font, while at the same time it is straight and classy. I think it gives the impression of being a modern twist on a classic font because of the juxtaposition within itself of curved and straight and also the mixture of thin and thickness. This font also gives the option of regular, bold, and heavy, with the italic version of all of these. I never really understood the difference between bold and heavy, but having more options is generally a positive addition. I would like to see the font in its bold italic phase and heavy italic phases because a lot of times, I think that fonts lose their integrity when they are adjusted. Overall I like it!

  20. It was a great collection this year, and truly a pleasure to be among the judges. I’d also like to thank our contributing experts in absentia, whose comments helped us make sense of some of the year’s more esoteric entries — John Hudson especially shed some very useful illumination on the Coptic “Copte Scripte” that he mentioned above. I’d be delighted to see an image posted here.

    Congratulations especially to all the students from Reading and KABK who contributed such fine work to the TDC. You are colleagues who make the entire profession very proud!

  21. I just love Malabar. There is something reassuringly heavy about it, but it is still so readable. No wonder it is one of your favourites.

  22. Aliea

    Oh my gosh I am in love with Cassius! I cant wait for its release! Please let us know when it is!

  23. Felicitaciones a Ale Paul por su Adios very nice; excelentes tipografías
    saludos

  24. Nice. I love the idea of people still designing classic fonts. I been wanting to do so my self but always have an excuse to avoid starting to draw… Congrats to the winners!

  25. Amy

    Cassius is gorgeous. Those Ks! Delicious.

  26. Suzanne

    Cassius is brilliant, might just have to get myself a copy…

  27. Octoploid

    Malabar looks like a polished version of (TEFF) Lexicon.
    I like it.

  28. Thanks for the link to the ‘Martel’ pdf Dan. I absolutely love the Malabar font.

  29. Thanks for all the kind words about Malabar, everyone! For all Martel & Malabar fans, Malabar has finally been released, and you can get it over here.

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