Drawing Parallels Across Scripts

Abstract:  The diversity of scripts in India, poses a challenging opportunity for professionals and enthusiasts of type. While it can be exciting to explore letter structures in different scripts, it can also be daunting to unite the different scripts under a common visual language. While designing a multi-script typefamily or a coherent brand language, designers have to balance the nuances of different scripts along with attributes of the common visual language.

To understand this balancing act, participants will create sets of letterforms across 1 or 2 Indian scripts in a particular style. They will be guided through the fundamentals of designing with multiple scripts while learning the craft of drawing letters.

Materials/ tools to be brought by student participants:
- 2B pencil, eraser, sharpener and ruler

About Instructor:

Noopur Datye

Type Designer and Co-founder, Ek Type, Mumbai

Noopur Datye is a type designer and calligrapher from Mumbai, India. A graduate of Sir J J Institute of Applied Art, she is one of the co-founders of Ek Type, a collaborative type foundry that has designed typefaces in sixteen of the many scripts used in India. She mostly works with Devanagari and Bengali scripts. Her work includes custom Bengali and Devanagari typefaces for television channels Star Jalsa and LifeOk, open source typefaces Mukta Vaani (Gujarati), Mukta Mahee (Gurmukhi), Baloo (Gujarati, Bangla), Noto (Dogra, Gunjala Gondi and Masaram Gondi) and the Anek Mukti-script Family. Her work has won several awards including Graphite and Wooden pencils at D&AD, the Black Elephant at Kyoorius Design Awards and has been featured in 365 typo and in Typografica’s favourite typefaces of 2015 and 2016. Noopur is an active member of Aksharaya and regularly conducts workshops on calligraphy and letterform design at design schools and conferences in India.