On Saturday, the European Design Awards 2018 were presented in Oslo during the ED Conference. The media design bachelor thesis “illitera” by Nico Bernklau and Tobias Müller was awarded as one of only three student works – winning a silver award.


The project addresses the issue of illiteracy through means of typo-/graphic design tools. It proposes an engaging participatory workshop series to create typeface systems together with illiterate people. The publication presents eight exemplary typeface results, a series of typographic posters designed by international professionals applying these typefaces as well as a documentary of the research and workshop process.

After winning awards at the DDC German Designer Club, the Type Directors Club New York and the ADC Germany, the project now also convinced the jury at the European Design Awards.

In their 12th edition the European Design Awards received submissions from 39 different countries. From Iceland to Cyprus and from Portugal to Russia, creative agencies, design studios and freelancers submitted a great part of last year’s creative production under 42 different categories, covering everything from branding and packaging to illustration and the digital applications.

A team of design critics, journalists from design trade magazines and academics, came together to what is known as the most qualified jury in the industry, to decide on the best of the best. The results of their judgement is to be announced on Saturday June the 2nd in Oslo.