Title: 'Experiments in Indic typeface design using variations'
A workshop by Mr. Muthu Nedumaran
Typographer, Founder of Murasu System Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

Abstract:  Letter-forms in Indian scripts in general, contain richer stroke movements when compared to Latin. These strokes can impose a challenge when designing for denser weights, larger widths or other variations. When designing the bold face, for example, designers often vary the stroke contrasts to accommodate the denser stroke flow. With the recent variable fonts technology, we can now adjust the form of the letter along different variations. The workshop will focus on these techniques across various Indian scripts, identify problem areas and explore how the technique can be used to solve those problems using features available in font making tools.

Materials/ tools to be brought by student participants:
- N/A

About Instructor:

Muthu Nedumaran

Typographer, Founder of Murasu System Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

Muthu Nedumaran has over 3 decades of experience in typography. He started out by drawing large banners and posters with Tamil and Latin inscriptions while he was at school in the 70s. His initial works in the digital space were bit mapped fonts for the computer screen and dot matrix printers. Fast foreword a few decades, Muthu’s type design for all of the Indic and Indo-Chinese scripts are now bundled into operating systems like Mac OS X, Windows, iOS and Android. The popular Tamil type called 'Inaimathi' continues to render Tamil text beautifully on iPhones, iPads, HTC Android devices and even the Apple Watches. The same typeface is used as the standard type for Tamil text by the Ministries of Education in Singapore and Malaysia. Besides Typography Muthu has also innovated and built fast and efficient input methods for all the languages he works on in various platforms..