2010 Mahendra Patel

Indian designer and Professor of typographic / Ahmedabad, India

Born in 1943 in Ahmedabad, India, the typeface designer learned typography at an early age at Maharaja Sayajirao University, the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad and the Basel School of Design. During a one-year stay in Paris in 1971, he worked in the typeface Adrian Futigers. With him, he developed there the modern type design of the writing system Devanagari. Professor Mahendra Patel has been teaching and practicing typography for 39 years. For 8 of 13 official Indian writing systems, Patel designed the design of the characters. He contributed significantly to the development of a modern typography in India. His typeface designs are used on traffic management systems, for example on signs on motorways and airports, on maps and city maps. His typefaces are also used in cell phones and other digital devices. In 2010, he was awarded the Gutenberg Prize for his outstanding typographic designs and significant teaching. As a gifted teacher, he shaped generations of designers.