Title: 'Creating Open Type Fonts for Indic Scripts'
A workshop by Mr. Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer And Mr. Muthu Nedumaran
Type Studio Schriftlabor, Vienna and Typographer, Singapore
Abstract: The workshop will cover some basic concepts of OpenType, features that are required for Indic scripts and how the Glyphs app handles all the complexities for the designer. Participants need to come with their mac machines preloaded with the Glyphs app, even if it’s a trial version, to maximise the benefits from this workshop. Participants are also welcome to bring in their own fonts and work on adding OpenType as an exercise.
Materials/ tools to be brought by student participants:
Students need to bring, pens, pencils, erasers, scissors, cutters. Laptop is compulsory
Type Studio Schriftlabor, Vienna
Rainer Erich (‘Eric’) Scheichelbauer was born in Vienna. A trained photographer, Eric holds both a philosophy and a Dutch studies degree. He creates typefaces, works as a digital punchcutter for other type designers, and gives type design workshops on a regular basis. Since he has joined the Glyphs team in 2012, he has been writing articles, tutorials, and Python scripts, as well as the blog and the handbook. He lives and works in Vienna, where he runs his type studio Schriftlabor.
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.