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Abdullahal Mamun

Graphic designer in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Creator of an unnamed softly rounded Bangla font in 2013. He writes: In Bangla, Bidyasagar style font (Sutonny MJ) created by Bijoy is the only Bangla font that is almost perfect. Rest of the fonts has problems such as baseline alignment, x-height alignment, character gap and unfinished characters. If we analyze the logic of Bijoy, we see that other than Bidyasagar (Sutonny MJ), rest of the fonts does not work perfectly with Bijoy. All Bangla fonts are monospace fonts which does not use kerning. Creating kerning feature fonts which will run in Bijoy platform is technically impossible. It is because Bijoy using those Unicode glyphs conflicts with kerning code. With the problem in hand, I have attempted to design and create a finished, perfect curve font with perfect baseline and x-height alignment, which will run smoothly with Bijoy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ahm Masum
[WeBangla]

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Ahmed Ether

Dhaka, Bangladesh-based designer of a display typeface in 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ananda Computers
[Mustafa Jabbar]

At Ananda Computers in Dhaka, Mustafa Jabbar made SutonnyMJ (1998) and SutonnyP (1998), two Bangla fonts. In 1999, he created the Bengali font RinkiyMJ which can be found here and here. Sutonny download. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bangla Font&Software Resources

Long list of links and downloads of Bangla fonts, maintained by Rezaul Karim. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benjumin

Bangladeshi-American designer of the scribbly typeface ben (2003). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chakma Alphabet

The Chakma alphabet, also called Ojhapath, Ojhopath, or Aaojhapath, is an abugida used for the Chakma language and which is being adapted for the Tanchangya language. The forms of the letters are quite similar to those of the Burmese script. Letters and digits behave as in Bengali.

The Chakma language (Changma Vaj or Changma Kodha) is an Indo-European language spoken by the Chakma people. Its closest relatives are Bengali, Assamese, Chittagonian, Bishnupriya Manipuri, Tanchangya, Rohingya and Sylheti. It is spoken by nearly 310,000 people in southeast Bangladesh near Chittagong City, and another 300,000 in India in Mizoram, Assam, and Tripura. It is written using the Chakma script.

Omniglot link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Contest Design
[Rezaul Karim]

Bangladesh-based designer of the all caps typeface Poster Script (2017), the rounded sans typeface BabyPool (2017) and the display typeface Cute Header (2017). Graphicriver link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dreamy Design

Dhaka, Bangladesh-based outfit. Vendor of ripped-off typefaces (copied with a new name). The typefaces include Runway (2017, script), Skyline Script (2017), Legend (2017), Signtouch (2017, signature font), Dreamland Brush (2017), Signesign (2017), Crown (2017), Decor Brush Script (2017), Breeze (2017), Humorous Handwriting (2017), Divine Signature (2017), Captain Signature Brush (2017), Hunter (2017: gothic), Popular (2017), Amethyst (2017), Snow White (2017), Zaytun (2017), Blanket (2017), Piano (2017: a monoline script), Alpana (2017), Wizard (2017, script), Neptune (2016), Cloud Camp (2016), Benjamin (2016), Imagination (2016), Portfolio (2016), Miniver (2016: futuristic), Karikatur (2016), Gravity (2015), Revolution (2015), Arch (2015), California (2015, multi-lined; +AR, +AR Distressed), Sea Beach (2015), Neuron (2015: a sans and serif typeface family, +Outline), Butterfly (2015), Iron (2015), Dominion (2015), Dominion Style (2015), Electron (2015), Manama (2015), La Fontana (2015) and Valentine's Day Font (2015: an illegal copy of Calligri by Summit Type). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Faridul Haque

At the Department of Multimedia & Creative Technology (MCT), Daffodil International University (DIU), Faridul Haque (Dhaka, Bangladesh) designed the free display typefaces Leoscar Serif and Leoscar Sans Serif (2015). Fontspace link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ghulam Farooque Ahmed

Designer of the Bangla fonts SulekhaT (1997) and Sunetra (1997). His company is called Computer Village. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mahbub Razzak

Dhaka, Bangladesh-based designer of the outlined typeface Olga (2016), the teardrop-themed fashion mag typeface Asmani (2016), the semi-stencil typeface Mussolina (2016) and the free sans typeface Capsule X (2015). Graphicriver link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

M.M. Rahman
[M.M. Rahman Design]

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M.M. Rahman Design
[M.M. Rahman]

Dhaka, Bangladesh-based designer of Bangla typefaces. These include Rajon Shoily (2015) and Rajon Prangshu (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mohammad Ali Nijhoom

Web designer in Dhaka, Bangladesh, who designed the free inline typeface SF Viper Squadron in 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mohammed Emdadul Haque

Bangladesh-based designer of these typefaces in 2017: grungy typefaces Lightorium Drunk, Inker Glow, Jaqeen, Garmentdo and Hand Post; the hand-crafted typefaces Syvavya, Toonerfrog, Satinface, Queryee, Painter Pro and Logatica; Labough, Alien Ghost, City Matrix, Satin Soft, Grassia, Breaklee, Dingdong, Flanger Vg (decorative caps), Fruitees Dingbat, Blood R, Ecolo [Google] [More]  ⦿

MRI Studio (was: kdesignhous)
[Rashadul Islam Khokon]

M.R.I. Khokon (kdesignhous) is a digital artist in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Creator of the hand-printed Latin typeface Jakaro (2014), Holiday Cap (2014), Arguile (2014: cartoon font), Hellbent (2014), Shellshock (2014), Pickup Stix (2014), the brush typeface Palorensa (2014), Valentino (2014, Valentine's Day font), the sans typeface Akarius (2014), Digital End (2014, computer emulation font), Perimeter Sans (2014), and the display typefaces Flush (2014, brush face), Santa Maria (2014, Mexican party font), Ra One (2014, halftone textured typeface), Lemon Lane (2014, script face), Orenshaw (2014, sans), and Bold Towne (2014, blackletter).

Typefaces from 2015: Fashion Font, Drawvetica, Dispersion, Crystall.

Typefaces from 2016: Rong Tule, Christmas Font, Ninja Font, Brand Name Font.

Typefaces from 2017: Tricky (inky brush font), Digital Sign, Crazy marker, Leda, Torsion, Timer (LED watch font), Instigate (brush script), Sign Pen (brush typeface), Owl, Delight, Orbed, Pall.

Graphicriver link, where one can buy his fonts. Creative Market link. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mustafa Jabbar
[Ananda Computers]

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Nokshi

A Bengali truetype font family by Micrologic Computers, 1999. It consists of NokshiCondensed, NokshiExpanded, NokshiStandard. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Noopur Datye

Mumbai-based codesigner of Modak Latin together with Girish Dalvi and Pradnya Naik. The bubblegum typeface family Modak (Latin & Devanagari) was published in the Google Web Font collection in 2015. It is called the chubbiest Devanagari typeface ever designed. In 2016, he designed the free Google Font Baloo Da Bangla and the Gujarati font Baloo Bhai (with Supriya Tembe).

In 2016, Ek Type designed the free Latin / Devanagari / Gujarati font Mukta Vaani. More precisely, it was designed by Noopur Datye and Pallavi Karambelkar with support from Sarang Kulkarni and Maithili Shingre. Google Fonts link. Github link. Ek Type link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rashadul Islam Khokon
[MRI Studio (was: kdesignhous)]

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Rezaul Karim
[Contest Design]

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Ribeng IT Solution Ltd

Company in Banarupa, Rangmati, Bangladesh, run by Jyoti Chakma and Bivuti Suz Chakma. Creator of the first and only (so they see say) Unicode font for the Chakma Script, called RibengUni Chakma (2012, free download). Jan Zurawski (Poland) assisted in the development. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Saptarshi Nath

Chittagong and/or Dhaka, Bangladesh-based designer of the free extreme-contrast deco typeface Monastic (2015), the free sans typeface Arte (2015), and the free multiline typeface Tritio (2015).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Shadikr Rahman

Bangladesh-based creator of the grungy typeface Bad Soul of Shadik (2012).

Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Shah Alam Alo

Dhaka, Bangladesh-based designer of Bloop Alo Bangla (2017) for Bloop Ice-cream. He also created Bidrohi Alo (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Shahadat Rahman Shemul

Comilla, Bangladesh-based graphic designer who created the free brush script typeface Israt in 2017. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

S.M. Meela Pasha

At Kingston University, London-based S.M. Meela Pasha designed the Bangla typeface Black Chinese Ink (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sunny Tudu

Dhaka, Bangladesh-based designer, who created the cursive script typeface Autograph (2013), the organic display typeface Radius (2013), Cartoon (2013, a comic book family in Solid, Bevel, Border and Shadow styles), Script (2013), Quarto (2013, a thin organic sans), Blackbelt (2013, futuristic), and Story (2013, hand-printed). Other typefaces from 2013 include Acute, Paradox (bilined), Summer, Kinetic (bilined), Romantica, Ranger, Erode, Bermuda, Turning, Techno, Floral, Century (futuristic), Master.

In 2014, Sunny published the scratchy typeface Bristle, the multilined typefaces Echo and Have A Nice Day, Denim, Broken (glaz krak), Creator, Euclidean, Medieval, Revelation, Supreme, Bravado, Origami, Grand Hand, Typeart, Redled, Techfont, Metallic, Because, Elegantia, Author, Rejoice, Mazematics, Serenity, Fruity, Inspired, Inbox, Stonehenge, Intense, the sharp-edged sans typeface Pleasant, the graceful script typeface Sprinter and the flowing script typeface Charcoal.

Typefaces from 2015: Brave (futuristic), Increment, New Direction, Devils Hand, Oxygen, Cozy Sans, January, Ascent, Geometric, Fontana.

Typefaces from 2016: Regards (connected handwriting font).

Typefaces from 2017: Ready (signature font), Fresh Air, Mark (brush font), Gray River.

Purchase his fonts at Graphic River. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Susrhee

A Bengali truetype font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tanvir Ahmed

Dhaka, Bangladesh-based designer of the experimental painted look typeface Banjonborna (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Thomas Sanalitro

Cambridge, UK-based graphic designer and typographer. In 2013, he started work on the Marma typeface for Chakma. He writes: For my Final Major Project at Cambridge School of Art, I was asked by a teacher if I would like to join Tim Brookes and His Endangered Alphabets Project team. I jumped at the chance to join as I had a keen interest in typography, non-latin scripts and constructed languages. The Project involved the development of several endangered writting systems from the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh. The Marmas sometimes referred as Mogh and live mostly in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. They call themselves Marma Lumya (Nue 2007). According to the Marma writer Kya Shai Pro the word Marma is derived from the mryma carrying the concept of Myanmer's nationalism. They are the second largest ethic group in Bangladesh, According to the National Census 1991 Bangladesh has a Marma Population of 1,57,301. They are called in different name by the bifferent eithic groups living around them e.g. Mran by the Mrora tribe, Mrang by the Lusai and the Pangkhua Indigenous community, Mraing to the Chakma tribe, Mukhu to the Tripura tribe, Kramo to the Khumi tribe and Ooa to the Khyang Indigenous community (Ching 1998). Marmas are divided into several clans. Each clan is named after the place from where it migrated. The Marmas are fair complexioned and nose is slightly flat. They show similarities with the Burmese. They also belong to the Mongoloid. The material culture of the Marma society includes many basic tools and weapons of primitive societies. According to the philologists, the Marma language belongs to the Burmese group of Tibeto-Burman language family. The Marma alphabet Marmaza or Marimacha originates from the ancient sub-continental Brahmin alphabet that had left-to-right writing style. It is known from a book on the ancient history of Burma, entitled, Mraina Samoing Rajwong that the people of Krishna and Godabar areas of south India migrated to several areas of southeast Burma in the sixth century. It is not an exaggeration to say that the Marma tongue is a dialect descended from the Burmese language. It is because a language is always like a flowing river. Therefore, as the word Marma is derived from the Burman word Mraima. The Marma language, which has become a dialect, has been obtained from the Burmese language, one of the branches of Tibeto-Burman tongue (Shoi Pro 2002). There are 45 letters in the Marma alphabet, of them 33 consonants and 12 vowels. Lewin has divided the whole of hill populations into two groups: one is Khyoung tha or Khyoungsa meaning sons of a river and the others Toungtha or Toungsa meaning sons of a hill. About their language, he says, The khyoung the Mugh (Marma) speaks provincial dialect of the Arakanese Language, which tongue was also parent stock of the modern Burmese language. The language has the strong affinities with the Himalayan and Tibetan dialects (Lewin 1869).

Another contribution to the Endangered Alphabets Project is Mro (2013). He writes: The Mro (also called Mru or Murong) script is used for writing the Mro language, spoken in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. The script was created in the 1980s by a man called Menlay Murang (or Manley Mro), a Mro by descent, as redemption for a catastrophe told in Mro legend. Traditional folklore has it that god Turai wrote down a script and a religion for the Mro people, as for all the other tribes, and gave it to a cow to deliver to them. However, the cow became tired and hungry during the long journey from heaven, and ate the book it was carrying, and the script was forever lost. Every year the Mro sacrifice a representative cow in a festival to commemorate their loss; this festival has become one of their most distinctive rituals. Until the 1980s it was a great source of shame to the Mro people that they did not have a script of their own, and Menlay Murang is held in high esteem for redeeming them from this. It is estimated that the literacy rate among the Mro in their own script is greater than 80%. Education in the script is available up to grade 3. Some textbooks claim that Menlay Murang based the script on Roman, Burmese and Chinese characters, although others state that any similarity to other scripts is purely coincidental. Sources agree, however, that the script bears no natural genetic relationship with any existing script. The Mro script is an alphabet; each character represents one sound, and some sounds are represented by more than one letter. It is written horizontally from left to right with spaces between words. No tone marks or combining characters are used.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Virtual Bangladesh

Edited by Zunaid Kazi, this page surveys Bangla fonts on the web. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Wahid Sadique Koly

Bangladesh-based designer (b. 1996) of Koly Handwriting (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

WeBangla
[Ahm Masum]

Designer of the free Bangla font Ma Ui (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Wesanthals

About 10 million Santals reside mostly in the Indian states of Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal, Assam and Bihar, and to some extent in Bangladesh and Nepal. Wesanthals is a jump site for the Santali language. It has free fonts for Santali made in 2002-2005 by N.C. Murmu and R. C. Hansdah: ol_ciki_classic, ol_ciki_old, ol_ciki_optimum, ol_ciki_regular, ol_ciki_royal, olciki_usoro. In addition, you can download ol-ciki-purno (2002, by Purna Chandra Hembram) and ol-ciki-raj (2002, by Raj Narayan Marndi). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Zia Jamel

Zia Jamel or Zia Sohel. Bangladesh-based designer of ZiaHW (2013, fat finger font), Leafs (2013, dingbats), Brush Moon, Christmas Go, Gerbera, and Arrow Symbols (2014).

Typefaces from 2016: Fleurs (flower dingbats), Yarrow (outlined stencil).

Dafont link. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿