'Exploring Positive and Negative Spaces'
A workshop by Prof. D. Udaya Kumar
Faculty Member, DoD, IIT Guwahati

Abstract:  In Typography and Type Design, negative spaces play an important role as much as the positive spaces.In fact, they are inseparable elements wherein one cannot be seen without the other. However, in comparison to the positive space, negative space lacks an eye for attention and understanding. The workshop aims to explore and develop a deeper understanding of positive and negative spaces of letterforms.Participants will be given a typeface to study and analyze its characteristics especially the positive and negative space.From the insights they will create interesting typographic explorations through the play of positive and negative spaces.

Materials/ tools to be brought by student participants:
Pencils, Erasers, Cutters and Pen Drives. Students need to have laptops with Adobe Illustrator installed.

About Instructor:
Prof. D. Udaya Kumar

Dr. D. Udaya Kumar is the designer of Indian Rupee Symbol.

At present, he is teaching at IIT Guwahati as an Assistant Professor in Department of Design. He has completed his PhD in design from Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay. Udaya has a Master’s degree in Design (Visual communication) and Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. He worked as a senior designer and then as a design head in a monthly magazine – Intelligent Computing CHIP. His two years professional experience in the publishing house has given him a good knowledge on print media. His areas of interest include graphic design, typography, type design, architecture and design research with special focus on Tamil typography.

His creativity and visualizations are good but still he thinks they are yet to be tapped to its fullest potential. He shares what he knows and eagerly learns what he doesn’t. He is dedicated to his work and keeps up his commitments. He has signs of leadership qualities like organizational skills, team building and resource management.