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Pune, India-based designer of a techno Malayalam typeface in 2016. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free truetype fonts (ISFOG family) for Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, Gujarati, Tamil, Punjabi, Bengali, Assamese, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Oriya. [Google] [More] ⦿
Elk Grove Village, IL-based company established in 2004, which specializes in font development, licensing and IP protection. It rose from the ashes of a major fire at Agfa/Monotype at the end of 2003. Its founders are Steve Matteson (type designer, formerly with Agfa/Monotype), Thomas Rickner (of Microsoft fame, where he hinted many Microsoft families), Ira Mirochnick (founder and President of Monotype Typography Inc in 1989 (where he was until 2000) and a Senior Vice President and director of Agfa Monotype Corporation (2000-2003), a self-proclaimed expert in font licensing issues and IP protection), and Bill Davis (most recently the Vice President of Marketing for Agfa Monotype). Also included in this group are Josh Hadley, Brian Kraimer, Jim Ford (since 2005), and Jeff Finger (as Chief Research Scientist, since 2006). On December 8, 2010, Ascender was acquired by Monotype for 10.2 million dollars.
Their typefaces include Endurance (2004, Steve Matteson, an "industrial strength" Grotesk designed to compete with Helvetica and Arial; it supports Greek, Cyrillic and East European languages).
In April 2005, Ascender announced that it would start selling the Microsoft font collection, which is possibly their most popular collection to date. They also started selling and licensing IBM's Heisei family of Japanese fonts in April 2005: Heisei Kaku Gothic, Heisei Maru Gothic and Heisei Mincho. Ascender's version of the CJK font Heiti is called ASC Heiti. Also in 2005, they started distributing Y&Y's Lucida family.
In October 2005, Ascender announced the development of Convection, a font used for Xbox 360 video games. Their South Asian fonts cover Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu, and include Ascender Uni, Ascender UniDuo and Arial Unicode for general use across all Indic languages, and, in particular, the Microsoft fonts Vrinda (Bengali), Mangal (Devanagari), Shruti (Gujarati), Raavi (Gurmukhi), Tunga (Kannada), Kartika (Malayalam), Latha (Tamil) and Gautami (Telugu). Khmer SBBIC (2011) is a Khmer font at Open Font Library.
It does more type trading and licensing than type creation, although Steve Matteson has contributed fairly well to their new typefaces. Their brand value took a hit when they started selling scrapbook, handwriting and wedding fonts under the name FontMarketplace.com.
Recent contributions: Crestwood (2006, a house face, possibly by Steve Matteson) is an updated version of an elegant semi-formal script typeface originally released by the Ludlow Type Foundry in 1937.
In 2009, they started a subpage called GoudyFonts.Com to sell their Goudy revivals.
In 2010, they announced a new collection of OpenType fonts created specifically for use in Microsoft Office 2010: Comic Sans 2010 (including new italic and bold italic fonts), Trebuchet 2010 (including new black&black italic fonts), Impact 2010, Pokerface 2010, Rebekah 2010 and Rebus Script 2010. Ligatures in Comic Sans?
View Ascender's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Aka Minz Creations. Indian designer of the free Malayalam typefaces Ashique ML Minnu Semi Bold (2013) and Ashique ML Ashu Condensed Bold (2013). In 2014, he created Ashique ML Minnu Bold.
Fontspace link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer in 1994 of Avanti and Kashi, Hindi/Marathi/Sanskrit fonts for the Mac. Aklujkar worked then at the Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He sold the fonts on a diskette, which also included the Roman fonts "Ganga" and "Sindhu" which can be used for transliteration of most literary languages of South Asia. [Google] [More] ⦿
Malayalam fonts at the site of Baiju M. Jeroen Hellingman created some Malayalam metafonts. Shaji N. Vyapron turned these into a truetype font, "malayalam". Baiju M. finally produced an Opentype font, MalOtf (2002). There are some other fonts here too, all created by M/s Cyberscape Multiscape Limited. Vyaproin also made Kalyani based on Hellingman's designs. Alternate URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Baloo is a free display font available in nine Indian scripts along with Latin. Included are Baloo-Devanagari, BalooBhai-Gujarati, BalooTammudu-Telugu, BalooBhaina-Odia (Oriya), BalooChettan-Malayalam, BalooDa-Bangla, BalooPaaji-Gurmukhi, BalooTamma-Kannada, and BalooThambi-Tamil. The project's leader is Girish Dalvi, and the project is in the hands of Ek Type. Type design help came from Ek Type, and in particular from Ek Type's Sarang Kulkarni (for Devanagari) and Noopur Datye (for Baloo Da-Bangla). Maithili Singre helped with Malayalam. Baloo Bhai was designed by Supriya Tembe and Noopur Datye. Baloo Thambi is designed by Aadarsh Rajan. Google Fonts link.
Baloo 2 (2021) consists of ten font families with unique local names for each of the nine Indic scripts plus Arabic (Baloo Bhaijaan 2, by Sanskriti Dholi and Noopur Datye). Each family supports one Indic/Arabic script plus Latin, Latin Extended, and Vietnamese. The Gurmukhi is designed by Shuchita Grover; Bangla by Noopur Datye and Sulekha Rajkumar; Odia by Yesha Goshar, Manish Minz, and Shuchita Grover; Gujarati by Noopur Datye and Supriya Tembe; Kannada by Divya Kowshik and Shuchita Grover; Telugu by Maithili Shingre and Omkar Shende; Malayalam by Maithili Shingre and Unnati Kotecha; and Tamil by Aadarsh Rajan. Baloo Devanagari and Latin are collaboratively designed by Ek Type. Font engineering and type design assistance by Girish Dalvi. [Google] [More] ⦿
Site with fonts representing all Indic scripts (all made by C-DAC, Pune): AS-TTDurga-Normal, BN-TTDurga-Normal, DV1-TTYogesh-Normal, DV-TTYogesh-Normal, GJ-TTAvantika-Normal, KN-TTUma-Normal, ML-TTKarthika-Normal, OR-TTSarala-Normal, PN-TTAmar-Normal, TL-TTHemalatha-Normal, TM-TTValluvar-Normal. [Google] [More] ⦿
CDAC is Pune's Center for Development of Advanced Computing. They sell typefaces for all Indic languages. They introduced the Indian Script FOnt Code (ISFOC) standards to enable composing Indian language text. Scripts covered include Devnagari (Hindi, Marathi), Gujarati, Punjabi, Kannada, Bengali, Assamese, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Oriya, Sanskrit, Diacritic Roman, Sinhalese, Bhutanese, Nepali, Tibetan. Useful type catalogs in PDF for Devnagari (Hindi, Marathi), Gujarati, Punjabi, Kannada, Bengali, Assamese, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Oriya, Sanskrit, Diacritic Roman, Sinhalese, Bhutanese, Nepali, Tibetan, PersoArabic (Urdu Open Type, Kashmiri Open Type, Sindhi Open Type, Nashir True Type fonts). Type subpages with catalogs. The Indian Script FOnt Code (ISFOC) standards were invented by CDAC for their software products, Most of their fonts follow this standard. Scans from 1996: Swastik, Zodiac signs, National heroes, Dashavtar. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free Malayalam fonts made in 2005: GIST-MLOTKalindi-Bold, GIST-MLOTKalindi-BoldItalic, GIST-MLOTMaya-Bold, GIST-MLOTMaya-BoldItalic, GISTMLOTAmbiliBold, GISTMLOTAmbiliBoldItalic, GISTMLOTAmbiliItalic, GISTMLOTAmbiliNormal, GISTMLOTAshtamudiBold, GISTMLOTAshtamudiBoldItalic, GISTMLOTAshtamudiItalic, GISTMLOTAshtamudiNormal, GISTMLOTAswathiBold, GISTMLOTAswathiBoldItalic, GISTMLOTAswathiItalic, GISTMLOTAswathiNormal, GISTMLOTBhanuBold, GISTMLOTBhanuBoldItalic, GISTMLOTChippiItalic, GISTMLOTChippiNormal, GISTMLOTIndulekhaBold, GISTMLOTIndulekhaBoldItalic, GISTMLOTIndulekhaItalic, GISTMLOTIndulekhaNormal, GISTMLOTKaumudiBold, GISTMLOTKaumudiBoldItalic, GISTMLOTKaumudiItalic, GISTMLOTKaumudiNormal, GISTMLOTKottakkalBold, GISTMLOTKottakkalBoldItalic, GISTMLOTMakamBold, GISTMLOTMakamBoldItalic, GISTMLOTMalavikaBold, GISTMLOTMalavikaBoldItalic, GISTMLOTMalavikaItalic, GISTMLOTMalavikaNormal, GISTMLOTMridulaItalic, GISTMLOTMridulaNormal, GISTMLOTPayippadBold, GISTMLOTPayippadBoldItalic, GISTMLOTPeriyarBold, GISTMLOTPeriyarBoldItalic, GISTMLOTPeriyarItalic, GISTMLOTPeriyarNormal, GISTMLOTSabariBold, GISTMLOTSabariBoldItalic, GISTMLOTSruthyBold, GISTMLOTSruthyBoldItalic, GISTMLOTSruthyItalic, GISTMLOTSruthyNormal. [Google] [More] ⦿
A zip file with these Malayalam fonts: Haritha, Kalakaumudi, ML-TTKarthika-Normal, ML-TTKarthika-Normal, MLW-TTKarthika-Normal, MLW-TTRevathi-Normal, Manorama, Mathrubhumi-Web-Font, PMLTKairaliNormal, Thoolika. [Google] [More] ⦿
Company in Mumbai (with offices in Bangalore) that made these Malayalam fonts: AkrutiMal1, AkrutiMal2 (2002). They also created the Kannada font LangscapeKndPadma. Here, you can download their Devanagari family Gargi, and their Gujarati font family Padmaa. They also made the well-known Akruti font family which can be downloaded here: AkrutiBng2Bold, AkrutiBng2Normal, AkrutiDev2Normal, AkrutiGuj1Normal, AkrutiGujL1Bold, AkrutiKnd1Bold, AkrutiKnd1Normal, AkrutiMal2Bold, AkrutiMal2Normal, AkrutiOri1Bold, AkrutiOri1Normal, AkrutiPnj2Bold, AkrutiPnj2Normal, AkrutiTlg2Bold, AkrutiTlg2Normal, AkrutiTml1Bold, AkrutiTml1Normal. These fonts cover Devanagari, Gujarati, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Oriya, and Gurumukhi. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free Indic fonts that come with Debian:
Free Malayalam TrueType font mlkr0ntt_TTF. At the site of Deepika, the first Malayalam daily. [Google] [More] ⦿
Creator of DVMalayalam (2003). [Google] [More] ⦿
Tulasi font (Malayalam) by Sobha Menon. Free. Menon also made RE_iNFOM-Kaveri (1997). [Google] [More] ⦿
Free Malayalam fonts. The Keli family (2002) is by Hashim P.M., and was developed under the auspices of Design Difference TUG India. There is also an extensive family called Rachana. All comes packaged with all the necessary TeX and LaTeX files. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free Malayalam font from 2002 by ERDCI(T) and C-DIT, TVPM in Kerala. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free Malayalam truetype family: ML-TTRevathi (1995, C-DAC, Pune). See also here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designers of the Malayalam family of fonts called Chowara (2000). Old URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
A free package by Elmar Kniprath (2001) for writing Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Panjabi, Rajasthani, Sanskrit, Sinhalese, Tamil, Telugu and Latin transliteration. Fonts included are e-Asamiya, e-Bengali, e-Gujarati, e-IndicSerif-Bold, e-IndicSerif, e-Kannada, e-Latin, e-Malayalam, e-Nagari, e-Panjabi, e-Sinhala, e-Tamil, e-Telugu. Download page. [Google] [More] ⦿
This file contains 255 Malayalam fonts: AnjaliOldLipi, Aruna-Normal, Haritha, Indira-BoldItalic, Indu-No_1, Jacobs-Mal-Medium, Jacobs-Mal-Decorated-3, Jacobs-Mal-Graphic-1, Jacobs-Mal-Graphic-2, Jacobs-Mal-Bold, Jacobs-Mal-Script-3, Jacobs-Mal-Script-4, Jacobs-Mal-Bold, Jacobs-Mal-Medium, JanaMalayalamSans, Kalakaumudi, KeralaLite, ML-NILA01, ML-NILA02, ML-NILA03, ML-NILA04, ML-TTAathira-Bold, ML-TTAathira-BoldItalic, ML-TTAathira-Italic, ML-TTAathira-Normal, ML-TTAmbili-Bold, ML-TTAmbili-BoldItalic, ML-TTAmbili-Italic, ML-TTAmbili-Normal, ML-TTAnakha-Bold, ML-TTAnakha-BoldItalic, ML-TTAnjali-Bold, ML-TTAnjali-BoldItalic, ML-TTAparna-Bold, ML-TTAparna-BoldItalic, ML-TTAshtamudi-Bold, ML-TTAshtamudi-BoldItalic, ML-TTAshtamudi-Italic, ML-TTAshtamudi-Normal, ML-TTAshtamudiExBold-Italic, ML-TTAshtamudiExBold-Normal, ML-TTAswathi-Bold, ML-TTAswathi-BoldItalic, ML-TTAswathi-Italic, ML-TTAswathi-Normal, ML-TTAtchu-Bold, ML-TTAtchu-BoldItalic, ML-TTAtchu-Italic, ML-TTAtchu-Normal, ML-TTAyilyamBold-Italic, ML-TTAyilyamBold-Normal, ML-TTBeckalBold-Italic, ML-TTBeckalBold-Normal, ML-TTBhavana-Bold, ML-TTBhavana-BoldItalic, ML-TTBhavana-Italic, ML-TTBhavana-Normal, ML-TTChandrika-Bold, ML-TTChandrika-BoldItalic, ML-TTChandrika-Italic, ML-TTChandrika-Normal, ML-TTChithira-Bold, ML-TTChithira-Normal, ML-TTChithiraHeavy-Bold, ML-TTChithiraHeavy-BoldItalic, ML-TTDevika-Bold, ML-TTGauri-Bold, ML-TTGauri-BoldItalic, ML-TTGauriHeavy-Italic, ML-TTGauriHeavy-Normal, ML-TTGeethika-Bold, ML-TTGeethika-BoldItalic, ML-TTGopika-Bold, ML-TTGopika-BoldItalic, ML-TTGopika-Italic, ML-TTGopika-Normal, ML-TTGuruvayur-Bold, ML-TTGuruvayur-BoldItalic, ML-TTIndulekha-Bold, ML-TTIndulekha-BoldItalic, ML-TTIndulekha-Italic, ML-TTIndulekha-Normal, ML-TTIndulekhaHeavy-Bold, ML-TTIndulekhaHeavy-BoldItalic, ML-TTJaya-Bold, ML-TTJaya-BoldItalic, ML-TTJaya-Normal, ML-TTJyothy-Bold, ML-TTJyothy-BoldItalic, ML-TTJyothy-Italic, ML-TTJyothy-Normal, ML-TTJyotsna-Bold, ML-TTJyotsna-BoldItalic, ML-TTKala-Bold, ML-TTKala-BoldItalic, ML-TTKamini-Normal, ML-TTKanika-Bold, ML-TTKanika-BoldItalic, ML-TTKanika-Italic, ML-TTKanika-Normal, ML-TTKarthika-Normal, ML-TTKaumudi-Bold, ML-TTKaumudi-BoldItalic, ML-TTKaumudi-Italic, ML-TTKaumudi-Normal, ML-TTKeerthi-Bold, ML-TTKeerthi-BoldItalic, ML-TTLeela-Bold, ML-TTLeela-BoldItalic, ML-TTLeela-Italic, ML-TTLeela-Normal, ML-TTLeelaHeavy-Italic, ML-TTLeelaHeavy-Normal, ML-TTMadhaviExBold-Italic, ML-TTMadhaviExBold-Normal, ML-TTMalavika-Bold, ML-TTMalavika-BoldItalic, ML-TTMalavika-Italic, ML-TTMalavika-Normal, ML-TTMangalaExBold-Italic, ML-TTMangalaExBold-Normal, ML-TTMayoori-Bold, ML-TTMayoori-BoldItalic, ML-TTNalini-Bold, ML-TTNalini-BoldItalic, ML-TTNalini-Italic, ML-TTNalini-Normal, ML-TTNandini-Bold, ML-TTNandini-BoldItalic, ML-TTNandini-Italic, ML-TTNandini-Normal, ML-TTNanditha-Bold, ML-TTNanditha-BoldItalic, ML-TTNanditha-Italic, ML-TTNanditha-Normal, ML-TTNarmadaExBold-Italic, ML-TTNarmadaExBold-Normal, ML-TTNila-Bold, ML-TTNila-BoldItalic, ML-TTOnam-Bold, ML-TTOnam-BoldItalic, ML-TTPeriyar-Bold, ML-TTPeriyar-BoldItalic, ML-TTPeriyar-Italic, ML-TTPeriyar-Normal, ML-TTPooram-Bold, ML-TTPooram-BoldItalic, ML-TTPooram-Italic, ML-TTPooram-Normal, ML-TTPoornima-Bold, ML-TTPoornima-Normal, ML-TTRavivarma-Bold, ML-TTRavivarma-BoldItalic, ML-TTRavivarma-Italic, ML-TTRavivarma-Normal, ML-TTRohini-Bold, ML-TTRohini-BoldItalic, ML-TTSabari-Bold, ML-TTSabari-BoldItalic, ML-TTSankara-Bold, ML-TTSankara-BoldItalic, ML-TTSarada-Bold, ML-TTSarada-Normal, ML-TTSruthy-Bold, ML-TTSruthy-BoldItalic, ML-TTSruthy-Italic, ML-TTSruthy-Normal, ML-TTSugatha-Bold, ML-TTSugatha-BoldItalic, ML-TTSuparna-Bold, ML-TTSuparna-BoldItalic, ML-TTSurya-Bold, ML-TTSurya-Normal, ML-TTSwathyBold-Italic, ML-TTThakazhi-Bold, ML-TTTheyyam-Bold, ML-TTTheyyam-BoldItalic, ML-TTTheyyam-Italic, ML-TTTheyyam-Normal, ML-TTThiruvathira-Bold, ML-TTThiruvathira-BoldItalic, ML-TTThiruvathira-Italic, ML-TTThiruvathira-Normal, ML-TTThunchan-Bold, ML-TTThunchan-BoldItalic, ML-TTThunchan-Italic, ML-TTThunchan-Normal, ML-TTVaisali-Bold, ML-TTVaisali-BoldItalic, ML-TTVarsha-Bold, ML-TTVarsha-BoldItalic, ML-TTVarsha-Italic, ML-TTVeenaHeavy-Italic, ML-TTVeenaHeavy-Normal, ML-TTVinay-Bold, ML-TTVinay-Normal, ML-TTVisakham-Bold, ML-TTVisakham-BoldItalic, ML-TTVisakham-Italic, ML-TTVisakham-Normal, ML-TTVishu-Bold, ML-TTVishu-BoldItalic, ML-TTVishu-Italic, ML-TTVishu-Normal, ML-TTYashasri-Bold, ML-TTYashasri-BoldItalic, ML1-TTAmbili-Bold, ML1-TTAmbili-BoldItalic, ML1-TTAmbili-Italic, ML1-TTAmbili-Normal, ML1-TTAswathi-Bold, ML1-TTAswathi-BoldItalic, ML1-TTAswathi-Italic, ML1-TTAswathi-Normal, ML1-TTIndulekha-Bold, ML1-TTIndulekha-BoldItalic, ML1-TTIndulekha-Italic, ML1-TTIndulekha-Normal, MLB-Ambili-Bold, MLB-TTAmbili-BoldItalic, MLB-TTAmbili-Italic, MLB-TTAmbili-Normal, MLB-TTAswathi-Bold, MLB-TTAswathi-BoldItalic, MLB-TTAswathi-Italic, MLB-TTAswathi-Normal, MLB-TTIndulekha-Bold, MLB-TTIndulekha-BoldItalic, MLB-TTIndulekha-Italic, MLB-TTIndulekha-Normal, MLW-TTKarthika-Normal, MLW-TTRevathi-Normal, ML_Kaumudi, ML_Panchami, ML_Rani, ML_Rani, ML_Sre5, ML_Sree-2, ML_Sree1, ML_high, M_Kairali, Manorama, Mathrubhumi-Web-Font, Meera, Ml_Dot, Ml_Prakash, Ml_Sree3, Ml_Thoolika, PMLTKairaliNormal, PanchamiNormal, Thoolika, ThoolikaTraditionalUnicode. 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The free software foundation of India, in conjunction with Cyberscape Multimedia Limited, Bangalore (developers of Akruti Software for Indian Languages) have released a set of TTF fonts for nine Indian scripts (Devanagari, Gujarati, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Oriya, and Gurumukhi) under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Direct download page. Font names: AkrutiBng1Normal, AkrutiBng2Bold, AkrutiBng2Bold, AkrutiBng2Normal, AkrutiDev1Bold, AkrutiDev1Normal, AkrutiDev2Normal, AkrutiGuj1Bold, AkrutiGuj1Normal, AkrutiGuj2Bold, AkrutiGuj2Normal, AkrutiKnd1Bold, AkrutiKnd1Normal, AkrutiKnd2Bold, AkrutiKnd2Normal, AkrutiMal1Bold, AkrutiMal1Normal, AkrutiMal2Bold, AkrutiMal2Normal, AkrutiMal2Normal, AkrutiOri1Bold, AkrutiOri1Normal, AkrutiOri2Bold, AkrutiOri2Normal, AkrutiPnj1Bold, AkrutiPnj1Normal, AkrutiPnj2Bold, AkrutiPnj2Normal, AkrutiTlg1Bold, AkrutiTlg1Normal, AkrutiTlg2Bold, AkrutiTlg2Normal, AkrutiTml1Bold, AkrutiTml1Bold, AkrutiTml1Normal, AkrutiTml1Normal, AkrutiTml2Bold, AkrutiTml2Bold, AkrutiTml2Normal, AkrutiTml2Normal. [Google] [More] ⦿
This was a sub-site of C-DAC, India's main commercial font and language software maker. It used to have free Tibetan and Gujarati fonts. For a while, it offered commercial products for all Indic languages, including Tibetan and Nepali. Then, finally, it went the way of all big companies--unreadable pages with hard-to-find stuff, often hidden in PDF files. For good old times' sake, here are the font names (published as a courtesy to them--wish they would do this themselves): AS-Abhijit, AS-Amrut, AS-Arbindo, AS-Bidisha, AS-Bipin, AS-Debashish, AS-Durga, AS-Kaali, AS-Kailash, AS-Maya, AS-Mrinal, AS-Parshuram, AS-SantoshItalic, AS-Satyajit, AS-Savita, AS-Shyamal, AS-Sushmita, AS-Tagore, BN-Abhijit, BN-Amrut, BN-Arbindo, BN-Bidisha (see also here), BN-Bipin, BN-Debashish, BN-Durga, BN-Kaali, BN-Kailash, BN-Maya, BN-Mrinal, BN-Parshuram, BN-Santosh, BN-Satyajit, BN-Savita, BN-Shyamal, BN-Sushmita, BN-Tagore, DR-Kunzang, DV-Aakash, DV-Aishwarya, DV-Ajay, DV-Akshar, DV-Alankar, DV-Amruta, DV-Aniket, DV-Anjali, DV-Basant, DV-Bhargav, DV-Bhima, DV-Brinda, DV-Chhaya, DV-Devendra, DV-Dhruv, DV-Diwakar, DV-Gandhar, DV-Ganesh, DV-Hemant, DV-Jamuna, DV-Jayesh, DV-Jivan, DV-Kartik, DV-Kishor, DV-Latika, DV-Madhu, DV-Makarand, DV-Manisha, DV-Manohar, DV-Mayur, DV-Megha, DV-Meghadoot) def, DV-Mohini, DV-Nandan, DV-Natraj, DV-Ninad, DV-Nisha, DV-Prakash, DV-Pramod, DV-Preetam, DV-Purva, DV-Radhika, DV-Raghav, DV-Rahul, DV-Rajashri, DV-Rakesh, DV-Raman, DV-Ranjita, DV-Rohini, DV-Sachin, DV-Sagar, DV-Sajan, DV-Samata, DV-Samir, DV-Sanket, DV-Shalaka, DV-Sharad, DV-Shefali, DV-Shishir, DV-Shital, DV-Shridhar, DV-Shrikant, DV-Subodh, DV-Sumeet, DV-Surekh, DV-Surkhiyan, DV-Sushil, DV-Swapnil, DV-Swaraj, DV-Vallabh, DV-Varun, DV-Vasuki, DV-Vasundhara, DV-Vijay, DV-Vimal, DV-Vinit, DV-Vishakha, DV-Yamini, DV-Yogesh, DV-Yogesh, GJ-Anamika, GJ-Anand, GJ-Avantika, GJ-Balram, GJ-Bela, GJ-Chitra, GJ-Damodar, GJ-Devaki, GJ-Dinakar, GJ-Dwarika, GJ-Dynamic, GJ-Gagan, GJ-Gopika, GJ-Kalpana, GJ-Kamini, GJ-Kanoj, GJ-Kapila, GJ-Kaumudi, GJ-Keshav, GJ-Kirit, GJ-Kishan, GJ-Krishna, GJ-Krishna, GJ-Kusum, GJ-Madan, GJ-Manasi, GJ-Mangal, GJ-Mira, GJ-Mohan, GJ-Mukul, GJ-Nayan, GJ-Nirmal, GJ-Piyush, GJ-Prabha, GJ-Pratik, GJ-Purnima, GJ-Radhey, GJ-Ritesh, GJ-Rohini, GJ-Rohit, GJ-Sabarmati, GJ-Sandeep, GJ-Shila, GJ-Shreedeep, GJ-Shrinath, GJ-Snigdha, GJ-Sucheta, GJ-Sujit, GJ-Swati, GJ-Taapi, GJ-Tara, GJ-Vidya, GJ-Yashoda, ISFOC-BR1, ISFOC-BR2, ISFOC-BR3, ISFOC-BR7, ISFOC-BR8, KN-Basava, KN-Bharat, KN-Brindavan, KN-Chinmaya, KN-Kamala, KN-Kamanna, KN-Kasturi, KN-Kaveri, KN-Nandi, KN-Padmini, KN-Pampa, KN-Pankaj, KN-Radhey, KN-Ragini, KN-Rajani, KN-Rajeshwari, KN-Ranna, KN-Seema, KN-Seema-Light, KN-Seema, KN-Seeta, KN-Shankar, KN-Shravan, KN-Smita, KN-Sumitra, KN-Uma, KN-Vatapi, ML-Aathira, ML-Ambili, ML-Anakha, ML-Anjali, ML-Aparna, ML-Ashtamudi, ML-Aswathi, ML-Atchu, ML-AyilyamBold, ML-BeckalBold, ML-Bhavana, ML-Chandrika, ML-Chithira, ML-Devika, ML-Gauri, ML-Geethika, ML-Gopika, ML-Guruvayur, ML-Indulekha, ML-Jaya, ML-Jyothy, ML-Jyotsna, ML-Kala, ML-Kamini, ML-Kanika, ML-Karthika, ML-Kaumudi, ML-Keerthi, ML-Leela, ML-Malavika, ML-Mammiyoor, ML-Mayoori, ML-Nalini, ML-Nandini, ML-Nanditha, ML-Nila, ML-Onam, ML-Periyar, ML-Pooram, ML-Poornima, ML-Ravivarma, ML-Revathi, ML-Rohini, ML-Sabari, ML-Sankara, ML-Sarada, ML-Sruthy, ML-Sugatha, ML-Suparna, ML-Surya, ML-SwathyBold, ML-Thakazhi, ML-Theyyam, ML-Thiruvathira, ML-Thunchan, ML-Vaisali, ML-Varsha, ML-Vinay, ML-Visakham, ML-Vishu, ML-Yashasri, PN-Amar, PN-Baisakhi, PN-Baljit, PN-Bishan, PN-Chandra, PN-Chetan, PN-Deeler, PN-Dipak, PN-Gurudev, PN-Hira, PN-Jasbir, PN-Jasjit, PN-Jaspal, PN-Jeevan, PN-Joginder, PN-Kanvaljit, PN-Kapil, PN-Karan, PN-Karishma, PN-Kavita, PN-Komal, PN-Manjit, PN-Nanak, PN-Nitu, PN-Pratap, PN-Randhir, PN-Satabir, PN-Sonam, PN-Sukhabir, PN-Sushil, SD-Natraj, SD-Surekh, SH-Harmony, SH-Namal, SY25-Election, SY30-Jain, SY31-Mudras, SY32-Music, TB-Youtso (for Tibetan), TB1-Youtso, TL-Amma, TL-Anuradha, TL-Atreya, TL-Charminar, TL-Godavari, TL-Gurazada-BoIdItalic, TL-Harshapriya, TL-Hemalatha, TL-Krishna, TL-Nannaya, TL-Pratima, TL-Rayancha, TL-Tanmayi, TL-Tikkana, TL-Vennela, TL-Vishaka, TM-Abhirami, TM-Amala, TM-Appar, TM-Archana, TM-Aruna, TM-Arunagiri, TM-Avvai, TM-Bharathi, TM-Chanakya, TM-Chandra, TM-Chetan, TM-Chitra, TM-Gopur, TM-Heena, TM-Hema, TM-Ilango, TM-Kalyani, TM-Kamal, TM-Kamban, TM-Kannadasan, TM-Kapilan, TM-Komala, TM-Krishna, TM-Lalitha, TM-Lathika, TM-Madhu, TM-Madhuram, TM-Nakkeran, TM-Nambi, TM-Neha, TM-Padma, TM-Pattinathar, TM-Poornima, TM-Poovai, TM-Radhika, TM-Rajarajan, TM-Rama, TM-Ramiya, TM-Ratna, TM-Ravindra, TM-Rekha, TM-Seema, TM-Shiva, TM-Sudhir, TM-Swetha, TM-Umesh, TM-Valluvar, TM-Vaman, TM-Venu, TM-Virendra, Tarpobane-Black. [Google] [More] ⦿
GNU Freefont (or: Free UCS Outline Fonts)
The GNU Freefont is continuously being updated to become a large useful Unicode monster. GNU FreeFont is a free family of scalable outline fonts, suitable for general use on computers and for desktop publishing. It is Unicode-encoded for compatability with all modern operating systems. There are serif, Sans and Mono subfamilies. Also called the "Free UCS Outline Fonts", this project is part of the larger Free Software Foundation. The original head honcho was Primoz Peterlin, the coordinator at the Institute of Biophysics of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2008, Steve White (aka Stevan White) took over.
Fontspace link. Crosswire link for Free Monospaced, Free Serif and Free Sans. Download link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Indian type designer (b. 1969) from Cochin in Kerala. He designed IndusLL (1994, a roman typeface with features of Lithos) for Linotype's TakeType library "based on the still undeciphered pictographic script of the Indus Valley civilization, circa 5000 BC". He designed the dingbat typeface Chihnangal, and the following commercial Malayalam fonts: Puthuma, Unniyarcha, Indulekha, Ravivarma, Ambili, Kingini, Thulasi, Orma, Harisri, Atham, Aarcha, Unniyarcha, Nila, Chirutha, Thumba, Vartha&Pampa. He studied under R.K. Joshi. He runs Design Difference, which has created these typefaces (text almost literally taken from their site):
Klingspor link. FontShop link. Google Plus link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Lively South Asian type blog covering Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Perso-Arabic, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan. [Google] [More] ⦿
Engineering student (Bachelor of Technology degree from Vidya Academy of Science and Technology, University of Calicut) and free software advocate who has had a hand in setting up PLUS, FSUGTSR, GNU Labs, FCI, moving republic and Swathanthra Malayalam Computing. Creator of the free handwriting font Rufscript (2007), entirely made with open source tools: GIMP, Inkscape, Font Forge, and GEdit. The letters are based on the hand of Lithu K. Kumar. Kernest links: Lithu K Kumar, Hiran Venugopalan. He is working on Dyuthi, an ornamental Malayalam Unicode font, and on Perizia, a non-symmetric ornamental typographic Unicode font. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer of the free Malayalam font Rachana. [Google] [More] ⦿
Indian Type Foundry (ITF)
ITF is located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. It was co-founded in 2009 by Peter Bilak (Typotheque) partnered with Rajesh Kejriwal (Kyoorius Exchange) and Satya Rajpurohit. They intend to cover Non-Latin and Latin fonts. Their first type family was Fedra Hindi (2010, by Bilak and Rajpurohit).
In 2010, Satya N. Rajpurohit published the Kohinoor family for Latin, Devanagari and Tamil. Kohinoor Gurmukhi followed in 2011. The long term plan is to make Kohinoor support all official writing scripts of India. Kohinoor Gujarati is at the last stage of development and will be published soon. Kohinoor Bengali, Kohinoor Malayalam, and Kohinoor Kannada are scheduled for 2012.
ITF Devanagari was published in 2011.
In 2013, Satya Rajpurohit created the Latin typefaces Pilcrow and Pilcrow Soft. Also in 2013, Peter Bilak left ITF to pursue other interests.
In 2014, Sanchit Sawaria and Jyotish Sonowal finished the free Google Web Font Khand, an 8-style family of compact mono-linear fonts with very open counter forms. Developed for display typography, the family is primarily intended for headline usage. Its Latin is from Satya Rajpurohit, and Khand carries the Indian Type Foundry label.
In 2015, Satya published Brahmos (a modular Latin typeface).
In 2017, Fontstore / Fontshare published their high-contrast serif typeface Stardom. At Indian Type Foundry, Satya N. Rajpurohit designed Belur Kannada (2017, calligraphic) and Sandur Kannada (2017, a text typeface family).
In 2018, he published the pixel family Ray and the humanist sans typeface family Litmus.
Typefaces from 2019 by Rajpurohit: Author (humanist sans). Anonymous typefaces at ITF that year include Prachar (an all caps marker pen font).
In 2021, ITF published the reverse stress neo-grotesk typeface families Clash Display and Clash Grotesk. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Jump page for most Indian languages: Telugu, Bengali, Gurmukhi, Oriya, Malayalam, Gujurati, Tamil, Kannada, Sanskrit, Marathi and Hindi. [Google] [More] ⦿
Indian language software for Mac and PC by Summit india. Contains fonts (not free) for Hindi, Gurumukhi, Gujarati, Bengali/Assamese, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, Kannada and Oriya. PDF file with a catalogue of their fonts. [Google] [More] ⦿
All the fonts below were converted from Metafont into type 1 by Karel Piska in 2005-2006 using his own tools, METAPOST, FontForge and t1utils. Karel Piska is with the Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences, Prague.
Free software. The IndiX library contains the IndiX shaping engine that converts Indic text in Unicode to Glyphs from OpenType fonts. It does conversions (UTF-8 to UCS-2), tagging of the text with script and syllable, reordering of logical syllables to visual syllables, and conversion of the visual syllable of characters to a renderable syllable of glyphs. IndiX supports nine Indic scripts and comes with the required Saral series of OpenType fonts. Vedic Sanskrit is added. The IndiX library is used in enabling X11 for Indic text and in the IndiX applications, oprint, netprint. 'oprint' is a tool which converts Indic text to PostScript using OpenType font. When you download the package, you can find these free truetype fonts by R.K. Joshi and his team at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Mumbai, all dated 2005:
Indolipi is a multipurpose tool box for indologists and linguists that contains Open Type fonts for most Indian scripts, a Latin font for "instant" transliteration of Indic scripts, and a Unicode based Latin font for writing of scientific texts in a western language containing all transliteration signs used by indologists as well as all presently valid IPA signs. All fonts were made from 2004 until 2006 by Elmar Kniprath (Asien-Afrika institut, University of Hamburg, Germany): e-Bengali OT (for Assamese and Bengali), e-Grantamil (for Grantha Sanskrit, Tamil and Manipravala), e-Grantha OT (for Sanskrit), e-Gujarati OT, e-Kannada OT, e-Malayalam OT (for modern Malayalam), e-Malayalam OTC (for Malayalam with classical orthography), e-Nagari OT (for Sanskrit and Nepali), e-Nagari OTH (for Hindi), e-Nagari OTM (for Marathi), e-Nagari OTR (for Rajasthani), e-Panjabi OT (for Gurmukhi script), e-Sinhala OT, e-Tamil OT (for modern Tamil), e-Tamil OTC (for Tamil with classical orthography), e-Telugu OT, e-Latin Indic (for "instant" Latin transliteration of Indic Unicode texts), e-PhonTranslit UNI (for writing indological texts in a language based on Latin script, also containig all valid IPA signs and a lot of arrows, mathematical and logical signs). Download page. [Google] [More] ⦿
InProS (Intellectual Property Solutions)
Indian language fonts for PC and Mac. There used to be a commercial web page based in Houston, TX, where one could purchase fonts for Hindi [ex: SheelRekha, RoopLekha, Kamal], Gujarati [ex: Shefali, Nita, Anarkali, Agni], Punjabi [ex: Pushpa, Suman, Badal, Arup], Bengali [Jayanti, BornaMala], Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Sanskrit [ex: Sansipro], Malayalam and Assamese. Fonts for transliteration include Diplomat and MonoPali. HTML editors for these languages as well. Free Om_SuniKanth font. Run by Sunny Kallara. [Google] [More] ⦿
This site has downloads of Utkal (2003, a free Oriya font by Andy White), ThoolikaUnicode (for Malayalam: Supersoft, Computer Software R&D Centre, Kesavadasapuram, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala) and Bangla (2003). [Google] [More] ⦿
Famous Sikh photographer. Designer of the font BJanmeja5A. Free Punjabi font (Janmeja2920a (2002)). Ads for Elfring and Linotype. Other free fonts at the site: JanmejaGujratiNormal JanmejaKanadaNormal JanmejaMalyalamNormal JanmejaOriyaNormal JanmejaSinhalaNormal JanmejahindiThin JanmejaTeluguNormal, all made by him in 1997. [Google] [More] ⦿
Dutch creator of an Oriya metafont (1996-1998). From the same source, Malayalam PostScript and TrueType fonts, and Tamazight (Berber) PostScript and TrueType fonts. He also created Malayalam metafonts in 1994 (and subsequently Malayalam PostScript and TrueType fonts), a Unicode Shapes font (TeX, PostScript, TrueType), and Tamazight (Berber) PostScript and TrueType fonts. Home page. Metafonts can be found here and here. His Malayalam fonts were created as uniform stroke only, while Oriya metafonts exist in both uniform and modulated stroke. Jeroen says: It is my intention to release the fonts under GPL, but not all copies around have this notice on them. The GNU Freefont project included his fonts for the ranges of Oriya (U+0B00-U+0B7F) and Malayalam (U+0D00-U+0D7F). Subsequently, the GNU Freefont project dropped all contributions and support for Oriya. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kozhikode, India-based designer of a Malayalam font based upon the Latin font Vinque (2019). [Google] [More] ⦿
Joana Maria Correia da Silva
Bangalore, India-based designer of the Malayalam font Thanima (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
Dallas, TX-based creator of Malayalam Origami Type (2012).
Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graduate of Rajasthan University. Indian type designer in New Delhi whose creations cover Devanagari, Gurumukhi, Gujarati, Bengali / Assamese, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Oriya. I could not locate the fonts on the web site. Futuristic Hindi face (2011).
In 2013, he designed a Bengali typeface for small portable devices, called AR Hebe Sans. He also did an unnamed Oriya typeface in that year.
In 2015, Rohilla created the phonetic typeface Unspell and the experimental Ink Save Font.
Alternate site. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
A Malayalam font distributed by Microsoft. Hashim Padiyath Mohemmadali (Cochin, Kerala) explains its uselessness: Kartika intends to be a Malayalam font, but isn't as the shapes are very unlike any accepted letterforms in Malayalam. I am not sure if it works better as a Malaysian font! It is one of those Indic fonts which has been slapped on us by Microsoft typography as default, but works more as an insult to the language and script. When we Malayalis see it being used increasingly on blogs and sites, being the default Malayalam typeface, we shudder in disgust and self-pity. Fortunately its Roman portion is better, being a mix of Akzidenz Grotesk, Helvetica, Univers, Arial, Verdana etc. To which Sii Daniels (Microsft) replies: The Latin portion of the Windows Indic UI fonts are lifted from "Microsoft Sans Serif" which is the outline verison of the "MS Sans" Windows 3.0 era bitmap font, which was originally named "Helv". Helv was based on bitmaps licensed from Bitstream but hand modified by a former Microsoft engineer who is now the minority owner of the Seattle Mariners baseball club. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free Malayalam truetype font, Thoolika by Supersoft, Computer Software R&D Centre, Kesavadasapuram, Trivandrum. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free Malayalam fonts at the Kerala Government site include Meera, Rachana, Dyuthi, Suruma, Raghu, and Anjalai Old Lipi. All bt the last one of these Malayalam Unicode fonts are by the Swathantra Malayalam Computing team. Another font by this team is Kalyanni. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jjayan.ttf from Josekutty and Malayalam.ttf from Sam at SuperVHS. And Keralite.ttf. [Google] [More] ⦿
ML_TTKarthika_Normal is a free Malayalam TrueType font. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer of the Malayalam Unicode font Anjali (2004). [Google] [More] ⦿
Dr. P. Vijayakumaran Nair and K.H. Hussain created Haritha (Malayalam font) in 2004 for the Harithakam editor. Download also here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Mumbai, India-based designer of the blackletter typeface Gothic Malayalam (2017). [Google] [More] ⦿
Free Tamil, Devanagari, Telugu and Malayalam fonts. "Lastech is a Madras-based software company specializing in the areas of Desk-top publishing, Presentation graphics&Imageprocessing." [Google] [More] ⦿
Québec City-based creator (b. 1952) of the octagonal font Vegesignes (2009, FontStruct). This font also appeared in 2010 at Open Font Library. It consists of almost 7,615 glyphs.As of 2014, 188 languages care covered, inclufing Afrikaans, Arabic, Archaic Greek Letters, Armenian, Baltic, Basic Cyrillic, Basic Greek, Basic Latin, Bengali, Catalan, Central European, Cherokee, Devanagari, Dutch, Euro, Farsi, Georgian, Gujarati, Hanunó'o, Hebrew, Igbo Onwu, IPA, Kannada, Kazakh, Lao, Malayalam, Myanmar, New Tai Lue, N'Ko, Ogham, Oriya, Pashto, Pinyin, Polytonic Greek, Romanian, Runic, Sindhi, Syriac, Tai Le, Tai Tham (Lanna), Telugu, Thaana, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Uighur, Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics, Urdu, Vietnamese, Western European.
Dafont link. Fontspace link. Aka Leaurend-Lavie-Hyppere (Laval) Chabon and as Joseph Rosaire Laval Frandey Leaurend Lavie Hyper Chabom. [Google] [More] ⦿
Indian type designer and typographer who received the Gutenberg Prize in 2010. Professor Patel retired from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, in 2003, and presently s an adjunct professor at Symbiosis Institute of Design and MIT Institute of Design, both at Pune. His type design activities:
Mumbai-based codesigner of Modak Devanagari together with Sarang Kulkarni. 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. Github link.
Designer of Baloo Chettan (for Latin and Malayalam) at Google Fonts, as part of Ek Type's Baloo project. Ek Type link.
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.
In 2017, EK Type released Jaini and Jaini Purva designed by Girish Dalvi and Maithili Shingre: Jaini is a devaagari typeface based on the calligraphic style of the Jain Kalpasutra manuscripts. The design of this font is based on the 1503 Kalpasutra manuscript. Jaini won an award at Granshan 2017.
Designer of Anek Malayalam and Anek Kannada (with Vaishnavi Murthy) as part of Ek Type's award-winning family Anek.
Google Fonts link. Github link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free Malayala font called Manorama. All formats. [Google] [More] ⦿
Malayalam fonts and macros for use with Tex and Latex. Latest installation (2005) by Alex A.J. Fre type one families include Rachana (the weights are called Ra1-Bold, etcetera), and Keli (2002, designed by Hashim P. M. and copyright of the Design Difference&TUG India). [Google] [More] ⦿
Page by Ben Philip from the Kerala Organization. Has Malayalam font links, and one free font file with the free Janaranjani and Gayathri fonts from Ethno Multimedia (truetype and type 1). [Google] [More] ⦿
Font called Malafont. Also two fonts called KannadaFont. [Google] [More] ⦿
The N-Malayalam font in truetype for PC. By Malayalam Vaarika Design. Postscript name Ssoft's-VeenaLight-PS. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free Malayalam truetype/type 1 font called Manorama. All platforms. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer of the free font Malayalam (1998). [Google] [More] ⦿
Commercial Indian font maker covering Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, and soon also Telugu and Kannada. The font names start with MCL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free font Mathrubhumi for Malayalam. TrueType. [Google] [More] ⦿
Download the Malayalam font ML-TTKarthika (1995). See also here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Company in Pune, which made these freely available Tamil Opentype fonts in 2003: SUNDARAM_0806, SHREE_TAM_OTF_0807, SUNDARAM_0808, SUNDARAM_0810, SUNDARAM_0812, SUNDARAM_0819, SUNDARAM_0820, SUNDARAM_0821, SUNDARAM_0823, SUNDARAM_0824, SUNDARAM_0827, SUNDARAM_0830, SUNDARAM_0831, SUNDARAM_1341, SUNDARAM_1342, SUNDARAM_1351, SUNDARAM_1352, SUNDARAM_2852, SUNDARAM_2865, SUNDARAM_3811. Type catalog with over 2,700 fonts for Devanagari, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, Assamese, Oriya, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam.
Modular Infotech specializes in Indian language fonts since 1982. [Google] [More] ⦿
Modular Systems from Pune, India, offers about 20 free truetype fonts for most Indic languages. The fonts are all called Shree something and appear incomplete. Covered are Assamese, Bengali, Hindi (Devanagri), Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu. In 1992, they made the Malayalam fonts Shree-Mal-0501W, Shree-Mal-0502. [Google] [More] ⦿
Palakkad, India-based designer of the Latin / Malayalam typeface Hongcam (2017). [Google] [More] ⦿
Monotype sells fonts for the following languages: Amharic, Aksara Kaganga, Arabic, Armenian, Balinese, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Coptic, Devanagari (Hindi/Marathi/Nepali), Farsi, Georgian, Glagolitic, Gujerathi, Gurmukhi (Punjabi), Hebrew, Japanese, Javanese, Jawi, Kannada, Korean, Laotian, Lontarak, Malayalam, Old Bulgarian, Oriya, Pushto, Sindhi, Sinhalese, Surat Pustaha, Syriac, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese. [Google] [More] ⦿
Malayalam fonts at Agfa Monotype: ITR Aalekh, ITR Dweep, ITR Javahar, ITR Madhu, Monotype Malayalam, Monotype Malayalam News, ITR Poorna, ITR Vishwa. [Google] [More] ⦿
Calicut, Bangalore, India-based designer the hand-printed Malayalam font Puyapla (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kochi, India-based designer of the Saul Bass-style typeface Amma (2016) for the Malayalam language. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
N.V. Shaji made truetype fonts based on the metafonts of Jeroen Hellingman: MalOtf, malayalam, nonstdml. In a subdirectory, pick up the AkrutiMal family for Malayalam by Cyberscape Multimedia Limited, Bangalore, made in 2002. Finally, there is Akaash (2002) by Sayamindu Dasgupta and Palash Baran Pal (who added the Bengali glyphs). [Google] [More] ⦿
Ndiscover (or: Ndiscovered; was: Natenine Type)
Ndiscovered (and before that, Natenine Type) is Natanael Gama's site in Lisbon (earlier, in Caldas da Rainha), Portugal. Born in 1988, Natanael's first font is Chumbo (2010). Joana Correia joined forces in Ndiscovered.
In 2011, Natanel Gama designed Intimacy and Exo (free at Google Web Fonts). Free download. Exo is a rounded techno font family in 9 styles. See also Exo2 at Google Web Fonts, Open Font Library, and Fontspace. In 2015, he added the futuristic slab serif Exo Slab Pro and the beautiful rounded elliptical Exo Soft. A custom version of Exo2 was developed for Dutch Tv Channel BNNVARA in 2017. The free Ezarion (2018) completes the Exo2 family.
In 2012, he added the roman inscription style typeface family Cinzel, classic, well-proportioned and just drop dead gorgeous. And free. See also Google Web Fonts and the CTAN site. There is also the Cinzel Decorative subfamily, and a flowery decorative caps version of this by Nguyen Luan (2018).
Typefaces from 2013: Genica (a tweetware signage script).
Typefaces from 2014: Genica Pro, Mangerica, Mangerica Italic. Definitely, a very Latin sans, described by Natanael as follows: This design incorporates different styles into a consistent look. A pinch of script, a little of geometric and some humanist shapes as well create a very distinguishable sans-serif.
Typefaces from 2015: Taylor Sans (free at Open Font Library).
In 2016, Joana Correia and Natanael Gama co-designed the Latin / Tamil typeface Arima Madurai (free at Google Fonts). Their Arima Koshi (2016) covers Tamil, Malayalam and Latin. In 2016, Joana Correia and Natanael Gama co-designed the connected typeface Tidy Script at Indian Type Foundry.
Typefaces from 2017: Bruta Pro (Natanael Gama), Bruta Global (Natanael Gama), Artigo Global (a Venetian typeface by Joana Correia), Artigo Pro (a Venetian typeface by Joana Correia).
Typefaces from 2018: Opake (an experimental typeface in which the outlines are made with a single continuous looping curve), Feltro (brush script), Mastro Sans, Square Grotesk (free at Open Font Library), Point (a great geometric sans), Nazare.
Typefaces from 2019: Worker 3D, Ribbon Generator (free), Nazare Exuberant, Point Soft (a rounded sans family), Worker (an industrial all caps font family).
Typefaces from 2020: Thrillers (a display typeface for crime novel titles), Gluy (a 20-style almost geometric sans family that has a splendid hairline weight and a vigorous black style), Mastro (a 72-style text family with optical sizing).
Typefaces from 2021: Sinete (interlocking monograms), Fastpen (a monoline script).
Fontsquirrel link. Fontspace link. Behance link. Creative Market link. Another Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
A Malayalam font distributed by Microsoft. Hashim Padiyath Mohemmadali (Cochin, Kerala) explains its uselessness: When the new font Nirmala was announced with Windows 8, one expected it to be better than Kartika, its unaesthetic predecessor with unacceptable shapes. But Nirmala Malayalam adds insult to the injury inflicted upon earlier. Sample these: 1. One conjuct has a missing stem 2. Has a confusing stroke ending style 3. Invents a clumsy way to handle descender portions 4. Substandard design quality, no optical corrections or proper stroke modulation. [Google] [More] ⦿
A large free font family released under the Apache license at Google Web Fonts, and developed by Monotype's Steve Matteson and a team of type designers. Designed between 2012 and 2016, this typeface covers over 800 languages and 100 writing scripts. URL with details. Noto stands for no tofu, i.e., no white boxes that represent unknown characters. The fonts are property of Monotype, with the exception of Noto Khmer and Noto Lao, which belong to Danh Hong.
Noto Sans and Noto Serif cover Afar, Abkhazian, Afrikaans, Asturian, Avaric, Aymara, Azerbaijani-AZERBAIJAN, Bashkir, Bambara, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Bislama, Bini, Breton, Bosnian, Buriat, Catalan, Chechen, Chamorro, Mari (Russia), Corsican, Czech, Church Slavic, Chuvash, Welsh, Danish, German, Modern Greek (1453-), English, Esperanto, Spanish, Estonian, Basque, Finnish, Fijian, Faroese, French, Fulah, Friulian, Western Frisian, Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Galician, Guarani, Manx, Hausa, Hawaiian, Hiri Motu, Croatian, Hungarian, Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association), Igbo, Indonesian, Interlingue, Inupiaq, Ido, Icelandic, Italian, Kara-Kalpak, Kikuyu, Kazakh, Kalaallisut, Kurdish-ARMENIA, Kumyk, Komi, Cornish, Kirghiz, Latin, Luxembourgish, Lezghian, Lingala, Lithuanian, Latvian, Malagasy, Marshallese, Maori, Macedonian, mo, Maltese, Norwegian Bokmål, Low German, Dutch, Norwegian Nynorsk, Norwegian, South Ndebele, Pedi, Nyanja, Occitan (post 1500), Oromo, Ossetian, Polish, Portuguese, Romansh, Romanian, Russian, Yakut, Scots, Northern Sami, Selkup, sh, Shuswap, Slovak, Slovenian, Samoan, Southern Sami, Lule Sami, Inari Sami, Skolt Sami, Somali, Albanian, Serbian, Swati, Southern Sotho, Swedish, Swahili (macrolanguage), Tajik, Turkmen, Tagalog, Tswana, Tonga (Tonga Islands), Turkish, Tsonga, Tatar, Twi, Tuvinian, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Venda, Vietnamese, Volapük, Votic, Walloon, wen, Wolof, Xhosa, Yapese, Yoruba, Zulu, Akan, Aragonese, ber-dz, Crimean Tatar, Kashubian, Ewe, Fanti, Filipino, Upper Sorbian, Haitian, Herero, Javanese, Kabyle, Kuanyama, Kanuri, Kurdish-TURKEY, Kwambi, Ganda, Limburgan, Mongolian-MONGOLIA, Malay (macrolanguage), Nauru, Ndonga, Navajo, pap-an, Papiamento-ARUBA, Quechua, Rundi, Kinyarwanda, Sardinian, Sango, Shona, Sundanese, Tahitian, Zhuang.
Non-Latin scrips include Noto Armenian, Noto Georgian, Noto Carian, Noto Greek, Noto Devanagari, Noto Ethiopic, Noto Glagolitic, Noto Hebrew, Noto Sans Imperial Aramaic, Noto Sans Lisu, Noto Sans Lycian, Noto Sans Lydian, Noto Sans Old South Arabian, Noto Sans Osmanya, Noto Sans Phoenician, Noto Sans Shavian, Noto Sans Tamil, Noto Sans Thai, Noto Serif Thai, Noto Sans Kannada, Noto Sana Telugu, Noto Sans Malayalam, Noto Sans Cherokee, Noto Sans Orya (for Odia), Noto Sans Bengali.
Other typefaces in the package include Arima, , and Tinos.
At CTAN, one can find Noto with full TeX support.
At Open Font Library, one can download Noto Nastaliq Urdu (2014), which covers Arabic, Farsi, Pashto and Urdu.
The fonts, as of October 2016: Noto Sans, Noto Serif, Noto Color Emoji, Noto Emoji, Noto Kufi Arabic, Noto Mono, Noto Naskh Arabic, Noto Nastaliq Urdu, Noto Sans Armenian, Noto Sans Avestan, Noto Sans Balinese, Noto Sans Bamum, Noto Sans Batak, Noto Sans Bengali, Noto Sans Brahmi, Noto Sans Buginese, Noto Sans Buhid, Noto Sans CJK JP, Noto Sans CJK KR, Noto Sans CJK SC, Noto Sans CJK TC, Noto Sans Canadian Aboriginal, Noto Sans Carian, Noto Sans Cham, Noto Sans Cherokee, Noto Sans Coptic, Noto Sans Cuneiform, Noto Sans Cypriot, Noto Sans Deseret, Noto Sans Devanagari, Noto Sans Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Noto Sans Ethiopic, Noto Sans Georgian, Noto Sans Glagolitic, Noto Sans Gothic, Noto Sans Gujarati, Noto Sans Gurmukhi, Noto Sans Hanunoo, Noto Sans Hebrew, Noto Sans HK, Noto Sans Imperial Aramaic, Noto Sans Inscriptional Pahlavi, Noto Sans Inscriptional Parthian, Noto Sans Javanese, Noto Sans Kaithi, Noto Sans Kannada, Noto Sans Kayah Li, Noto Sans Kharoshthi, Noto Sans Khmer, Noto Sans Lao, Noto Sans Lepcha, Noto Sans Limbu, Noto Sans Linear B, Noto Sans Lisu, Noto Sans Lycian, Noto Sans Lydian, Noto Sans Malayalam, Noto Sans Mandaic, Noto Sans Meetei Mayek, Noto Sans Mongolian, Noto Sans Myanmar, Noto Sans NKo, Noto Sans New Tai Lue, Noto Sans Ogham, Noto Sans Ol Chiki, Noto Sans Old Italic, Noto Sans Old Persian, Noto Sans Old South Arabian, Noto Sans Old Turkic, Noto Sans Oriya, Noto Sans Osmanya, Noto Sans Phags Pa, Noto Sans Phoenician, Noto Sans Rejang, Noto Sans Runic, Noto Sans Samaritan, Noto Sans Saurashtra, Noto Sans Shavian, Noto Sans Sinhala, Noto Sans Sundanese, Noto Sans Syloti Nagri, Noto Sans Symbols, Noto Sans Syriac Eastern, Noto Sans Syriac Estrangela, Noto Sans Syriac Western, Noto Sans Tagalog, Noto Sans Tagbanwa, Noto Sans Tai Le, Noto Sans Tai Tham, Noto Sans Tai Viet, Noto Sans Tamil, Noto Sans Telugu, Noto Sans Thaana, Noto Sans Thai, Noto Sans Tibetan, Noto Sans Tifinagh, Noto Sans Ugaritic, Noto Sans Vai, Noto Sans Yi, Noto Serif Armenian, Noto Serif Bengali, Noto Serif Devanagari, Noto Serif Georgian, Noto Serif Gujarati, Noto Serif Kannada, Noto Serif Khmer, Noto Serif Lao, Noto Serif Malayalam, Noto Serif Tamil, Noto Serif Telugu, Noto Serif Thai. Late additions include Noto Sans and Serif for Chinese, Japanese and Korean, developed at Adobe.
In 2015, Adam Twardoch placed the Noto fonts on Github under the name Toto Fonts. A question of licenses. Github repositories. Open Font Library link. CTAN link. [Google]
Github repositories. Open Font Library link. CTAN link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Nova Type Foundry
Graduate of the University of Reading in 2011, who was born in Porto, Portugal. Joana worked as an architect and graphic designer in Portugal. She currently lives in the UK and/or Porto, Portugal. Since 2011, she teaches type design at ESAD (Escola Superior de Artes e Design).
In 2010, under the supervision of Dino dos Santos at ESAD, Joana designed an unnamed bastarda / chancery typeface that is based on originals by Francisco Lucas.
Creator of the script typeface Violet (2011).
Artigo (2011) is an angular type family for Latin, Hindi and Greek that was created during her studies at Reading. Artigo won Second Prize for Greek typefaces at Granshan 2011. It also won an award at TDC Typeface Design 2018. In 2017, Ndiscovered published Artigo Global and Artigo Pro. Artigo Display followed in 2018. In 2020, Nova Type Foundry republished Artigo, Artigo Display.
In 2012, she published the didone text typeface Cantata One at Google Web Fonts. Quando (Google Web Fonts) is a serifed text typeface inspired by brushy handwritten letters seen on an Italian poster from the second world war.
In 2013, at MSTF Partners, a Portuguese consultancy, she created Writers Font (2013). This is a script typeface by Joana Correia that combines the handwriting of famous Portuguese authors. For example the A is by José Luis Peixoto, the B by José Saramago and the C by António Lobo Antunes. Link with the story.
Still in 2013, she showed an unnamed unicase sans typeface and participated in the Canberra typeface competition.
In 2014, she made the round connected script typeface Jasmina FY (Fontyou), the Google Web Font Karma (for Latin and Devanagari: Karma is an Open Source multi-script typeface supporting both the Devanagari and the Latin script. It was published by the Indian Type Foundry; see also Open Font Library), and Canberra FY (at Fontyou: a short-serifed typeface family).
In 2015, Adrien Midzic and Joana Correia co-designed Saya Serif FY. Still in 2015, she published the humanist sans typeface family Vyoma at Indian Type Foundry. Amulya (2015-2021) is another humanist sans, now in 8 styles with two variable fonts, published by Correia at Indian Type Foundry's Fontshare.
In 2016, Joana Correia and Natanael Gama co-designed the Latin / Tamil typeface Arima Madurai (free at Google Fonts). Their Arima Koshi (2016) covers Tamil, Malayalam and Latin.
In 2016, Joana Correia and Natanael Gama co-designed the connected typeface Tidy Script at Indian Type Foundry.
In 2017, Joana published Laca Pro: Laca is a semi-sans serif inspired by retro Portuguese packaging of soaps. Laca is the Portuguese word for hairspray. Free download. Laca Text (2018) is a sans serif version of Laca. For Nova Type versions, see Laca (2019) and Laca Pro (2020). The latter versions cover Greek and Cyrillic as well.
In 2018, Joana published the soft script typeface Lemongrass: It was inspired by brush lettering and the sea and the strong winds that exist in Porto.
At Future Fonts, she released the didone typeface Alga (2019), in which ball terminals are replaced by genuflections.
She was the principal designer of the sans family Varta (2019, Sorkin Type), which is available from Google Fonts and Github. Assistance of Viktoriya Grabowska and Eben Sorkin.
Typefaces from 2020: Loretta (with Abel Martins; see also Future Fonts; Loretta is a low contrast text typeface that comes in 12 styles), Loretta (Future Fonts: a low contrast text typeface in 12 styles; by Joana Correia and Abel Martins).
Interview in 2021. Behance link. Another Behance link. Old home page. Joana Correia link at Behance. Future Fonts link. Type Department link. Speaker at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Malayalam font link and jump page by Omniglot. Malayalam is a Dravidian language spoken by about 22 million people in the Indian state of Kerala, as well as in Singapore and Malaysia. This syllabic alphabet emerged around 1000AD and then gradually evolved from the Tamil-Grantha script over a period of 600 years. [Google] [More] ⦿
Dr. P. Vijayakumaran Nair and K.H. Hussain created Haritha (Malayalam font) in 2004 for the Harithakam editor. [Google] [More] ⦿
Indian type tech person in Mumbai, who has calls himself an "internationalization engineer" and who has contributed to numerous free or open font projects, most notably the GNU Freefont project of the Free Software Foundation. Pravin Satpute, Bageshri Salvi, Rahul Bhalerao and Sandeep Shedmake added these Indic language ranges:
Other fonts by him incude Meera (2007, a Malayalam font done with Hussain K H, Suresh P, and Swathanthra Malayalam Computing, a font in the Liberation Fonts collection, and fonts in the Lohit project. [Google] [More] ⦿
Pria Ravichandran (formerly Pria Adireddi, b. 1984, India) studied type design at the University of Reading, class of 2011, and is now pursuing a PhD at the University of Reading focussing on the developemnt of typographic forms for the Kannada and Telugu scripts. She intends to relocate to Hamburg, Germany on completion of her Ph.D. and dedicate her time wholly to URW++.
Her MA graduation typeface at reading was Tranquebar, which covers Latin and Tamil. In some places, this typeface is called The Herald. Pria also designed the free monolinear Latin / Devanagari typefaces Palanquin Dark and Palanquin in 2014 at Google Web Fonts that also covers Tamil, Bengali, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Burmese, Khmer, Gujarati, Gurumukhi, Sinhalese & Oriya. In addition, she designed an 11-script Indic companion in four weights for URW++'s Nimbus Sans (and thus Helvetica), that includes the following scripts: Tamil, Bengali, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Myanmar, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurumukhi, Sinhala & Oriya.
Catamaran (2015) is a contemporay sans typeface family for Latin and Tamil. Github link for Catamaran.
Neue Frutiger Tamil (2018) was created by Pria Ravichandran and a team of designers and font engineers from the Monotype Studio, under the direction of Monotype type director Akira Kobayashi.
In 2019, at URW, she published the humanist sans typeface family Olivine.
In 2021, Kostas Bartsokas, Mohamad Dakak and Pria Ravichandran set up Foundry 5 Limited where they released Peridot Latin (2022: a 121-strong sans superfamily by Kostas Bartsokas and Pria Ravichandran) and Peridot PE (2022: a 121-style sans superfamily by Kostas Bartsokas and Pria Ravichandran designed for branding, display, corporate use, editorial and advertising; it covers Latin, Greek and Cyrillic).
Github link for Palanquin. In 2020, Eben Sorkin, Pria Ravichandran, Inga Ploennigs and Dan Reynolds co-designed the sans family Karow at URW. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Creators of a free Malayalam font, Jwala (2005). On the site, one can also download Salilam (by Pugmarks Interweb). [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer involved with K.H. Hussain in the Rachana free software project, from 1999 until 2004. Hussain and he are credited with these Malayalam fonts: Rac1, Rac2, Rac3, Rac4, Rac5, Rac6. [Google] [More] ⦿
Rachana in Malayalam means "to write", "to create". Rachana Akshara Vedi, a team of socially committed information technology professionals and philologists, has applied developments in computer technology and desktop publishing to resurrect the 900-character Malayalam script from the disorder, fragmentation and degeneration it had suffered since the attempt to adapt the Malayalam script for using with a regular mechanical typewriter, which took place in 1967-1969. K.H. Hussain at the Kerala Forest Research Institute has released "Rachana Normal" fonts with approximately 900 glyphs required to typeset traditional Malayalam. R. Chitrajan encoded the glyphs in the OpenType table. In 2008, the Malayalam ranges in FreeSerif were updated under the advise and supervision of Hiran Venugopalan of Swathanthra Malayalam Computing, to reflect the revised edition Rachana_04. Range: Malayalam (U+0D00-U+0D7F). [Google] [More] ⦿
Story about the demise and resurrection of the Malayalam script by Surendranath C:
RACHANA in Malayalam means to write, to create. Rachana Akshara Vedi, a team of socially committed information technology professionals and philologists, has applied developments in computer technology and desktop publishing to resurrect the Malayalam language from the disorder, fragmentation and degeneration it had suffered since the modernisation of the Malayalam script in 1967-69.
The group has brought out Rachana, a new package of Malayalam DTP software complete with the original script system containing all its near-900 characters, a variety of fonts, the Word 97 text editor and a choice of user-friendly keyboard configurations featuring also an improved version of the popular Inscript keyboard, called Minscript.
The Rachana group comprising Mr. R. Chitrajakumar and Mr. N. Gangadharan of the Malayalam Lexicon Department, and Mr. K.H. Hussain, Mr. Subhash Kuriakose and Dr. P. Vijayakumaran Nair of the Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI), Peechi, speeded up their efforts in 1999 when the State Language Institute introduced a new style book dropping a few more characters in the script system.
The Rachana team believed that standardisation of the script should aim at determining the character set of the language, regularising the internal mapping of the character codes, standardising the keyboard layout in accordance with the frequency distribution of the characters in the script and internationalising the script system in order to make it compatible with the Internet and the Unicode Confederation's efforts to fix the character set and allot space of all the major languages in the world.
New opportunities provided by the 16-bit and 32-bit Windows operating system were utilised by Rachana to revive the original script with all its conjuncts. The phonetic keyboard widely used by DTP firms was slightly modified by Rachana to reduce the keystrokes by 20 per cent.
The keyboard layout was rearranged in accordance with frequency distribution of characters. It was made possible to type 21 most widely used characters with a single key stroke. The need for toggling back and forth between English and Malayalam key fonts was abandoned.
New programmes were written into the software for auto hyphenation and automatic adjustment of line space to suit multi-deck conjuncts. All these resulted in increasing the keying-in speed two to three times.
Rachana also revived the Malayalam numericals. A new keyboard layout for beginners /children is also a feature of the Rachana software package.
Rachana is now looking forward to introducing automatic spellchecking in Malayalam texts, voice/ optical character recognition and writing algorithms that can enable sorting and database management.
The response to Rachana from Malayali literati has been overwhelmingly positive. A publishing group has already brought out in the revived original script the latest work of late Guru Nityachaitanya Yati who was one of the guiding spirits to Rachana.
Many artists in Kerala have offered volunteer support to Rachana in calligraphy and typography. Rachana, the group is now in the process of marketing the product in ways and means that would uphold the lofty ethical values writ into the creation of Rachana, the software.
Scripting a fiasco
THE Malayalam script that had established itself as a distinct system in the 14th century had more or less retained its characters/ alphabets as well as the basic characteristic of mirroring the spoken phoneme till the standardisation efforts in the late 60s.
In order to fit the script to the Procrustean bed of the Malayalam typewriter keyboard and to make typewritten Malayalam the means of official communication, the State Language Institute introduced several changes in the script in 1968.
These changes were necessitated not by any social demand to improve communicability or functionality of the language but only by the need to adapt the script to the typewriter keyboard. Many vowel-signs hitherto used in conjunction with consonants were separated out; a few characters were virtually discarded as redundant; except for 16 conjuncts, all the others were split into a series of basic characters linked with a link character (a half-moon sign).
The end product of standardisation was disorder and disintegration: with the introduction of the new script in the school syllabus (against the avowed intent of the language modernisation committee itself) two different script systems came into use.
A new generation of children were brought up entirely on the new script and they found it difficult to read earlier texts and the treasures of Malayalam literature. A schism developed between spoken and written Malayalam, corrupting both.
That the script system of a language encompassed not only sounds and visual signs but also an inherent logic the language community had evolved through centuries was completely overlooked in the process. A centuries-old language and the culture it embodied was debased for the sake of a mechanical tool that would hardly have a life of three decades. [Google] [More] ⦿
Typography professor R.K. Joshi's pages. He was born in 1936 in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India, and died in San Francisco in 2008. He was a poet, calligrapher, designer, researcher, teacher and type specialist. Above all, he was respected and influential. From 1952 until 1956, he studied at the Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art in Mumbai. From 1956 until 1960, he was an artist at D.J. Keymer, and from 1961-1983 he was art director at Ulka Advertising in Mumbai. But his best years were still to come. From 1983 until 1996, he was Professor of visual communications at the Industrial Design Center of IIT, Mumbai, and he was with CDAC, Mumbai, formerly NCST, from 1997 until his death. Radio interview. Obituary at TDC. Pages by Design India on him.
His contributions to the type world:
As a student at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India, Rahul Mathew (b. Kerala) designed the free Malayalam font Videshi (2017), which was designed using FontStruct.
In 2018, he designed Clayed and Cringe. FontStruct link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kochi, India-based designer of the Malayalam typeface Chilanga (2018). [Google] [More] ⦿
Rahul Vijay works at Keralakaumudi Daily, Trivandrum Kerala. Keralakaumudi is the first daily in India using a Unicode compliant font. Rahul's fonts for Malayalam include Liya, Rakhi, Archana, Aromal and Nandana.
Samyak is a free Opentype Unicode font family developed in 2005-2006 that covers Devanagari, Gujarati, Latin, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil. The fonts are amyakSans, SamyakSans_Bengali, SamyakSans_Gujarati, SamyakSans_Gurmukhi, SamyakSans_Malayalam, SamyakSans_Oriya, SamyakSans_Tamil. The project is managed by G. Nagarjuna at the Homi Bhabha Centre For Science Education, Tata Institute Of Fundamental Research, V.N. Purav Marg, Mankhurd, Mumbai 400 088, India. Contributors include Rahul Bhalerao, Sandeep Shedmake, Bageshri Salvi, and Pravin Satpute. The fonts are based on earlier work, namely:
Graphic design graduate of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, who is from New Delhi. In 2012, during his studies, he created Kathan Devanagari and Akhand Devanagari, which can be bought at the Indian Type Foundry. In 2013, Akhand was extended to cover Bengali, Malayalam and Tamil as well. In 2015, Akhand appeared at MyFonts, where we learn that Satya Rajpurohit is the designer, so it is unclear who did what. As of 2018, Akhand covers all of India's 11 writing systems.
In 2013, Sanchit outperformed the Germans in their own craft when he developed the ornamental blackletter typeface Black Diamond. Darkstone (2014) is a hybrid blackletter display font that combines Fraktur and Old English.
In 2014, Sanchit Sawaria and Jyotish Sonowal finished the free Google Web Font Khand, an 8-style family of compact mono-linear fonts with very open counter forms. Developed for display typography, the family is primarily intended for headline usage. Its Latin is from Satya Rajpurohit, and Khnad carries the Indian Type Foundry label.
Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Palakkad, Kerala-based computer scientist. He is responsible for Autonym Font (2013). He explains: A font that can render all language autonyms. If we want to show a large number of languages written in their own scripts (autonyms), we cannot apply the usual webfonts to it. This is because when each script requires a webfont, we will end up using a large number of webfonts. This can cause large bandwidth usage. An example of this use case is a language selector on a website. Autonym font tries to solve this. The font contains glyphs and opentype rules for rendering the language autonyms. And it contains only those glyphs for a language. The glyphs for the font are taken from a large number of free licensed fonts.
The sources for the glyphs, by language, are:
Palakkad, India-based designer of the Malayalam fonts Chilanka (2016) and Manjari (2016). Uroob (2015) is free. Uroob is owned by Hussain KH, Kavya Manohar, Rajeesh K. Nambiar, Santhosh Thottingal and Swathanthra Malayalam Computing. It was developed with the financial support from International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS), Govt of Kerala. [Google] [More] ⦿
Satya N. Rajpurohit
Free fonts from SDL, IIT Madras covering most Indic scripts: iitmoriya, iitmbeng, iitmguj, iitmhind, iitmipa, iitmkann, iitmmal, iitmpunj, iitmsans, iitmtam, iitmtel, iitmuni. [Google] [More] ⦿
Shaji N. Vyapron
Based at the University of Chicago, links and suggestions for free fonts are given for these languages: Assamese, Baluchi, Bengali, Brahui, Dzongkha, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Kodagu, Lahnda, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Panjabi (Gurmukhi), Panjabi (Shahmukhi), Pashto, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan, Tulu, Urdu. [Google] [More] ⦿
About 20 original Malayalam truetype fonts by Jacob TC from Muscat. The font family is called Jacobs (2000). [Google] [More] ⦿
Developer of the Malayalam font Kalakaumudi (2004), which can be downloaded here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Sridhar Murthy Srikantham is a graphic and type designer, b. 1963, Andhra Pradesh, India. He has a BFA from JNTU, Hyderabad. He created Telugu fonts for the following newspapers: Eenadu (Linotron 202), Vartha Andhara Jyothi, Andhra Bhoomi Sakshi, and Andhra Prabha Prajashakti. He also made Telugu fonts for Microsoft through Modular Infotech, Pune. He designed a typeface for the Naga Tribes called New Script. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin. Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik.
M/S Cyberscape Multimedia Limited, Mumbai, are the developers of Akruti Software for Indian Languages. They released a set of truetype fonts for nine Indian scripts (Devanagari, Gujarati, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Oriya, and Gurumukhi) under the GNU General Public License (GPL). One can download the fonts from the Free Software Foundation of India WWW site. Contributions to the GNU Freefont project:
Bangalore, India-based designer of the free brushy typeface Handwritten (2017) and the Malayalam typeface Vyakta (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
Summit Information Technologies Limited (or: Summit Infotech)
Producers of the free KrishnaWeb family (2003) of Gujarati fonts. They also made Manorama (2000) and Panchari (2001) for Malayalam. KrishnanItalic (2000) is here. HTChanakya (2002) covers Hindi. Panchari is here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Sun has two free truetype fonts for download: Saraswati5Normal and Saraswati5Bold. These were developed in 2001 and 2002, respectively, by CDAC, Pune, in cooperation with Sun. The Unicode compliant fonts provide support for Hindi, Bengali, Gurmukhi, Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, and Kannada. Horribly complicated download procedure involving registration. [Google] [More] ⦿
Company in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Creators of ThoolikaUnicodeNew0, ThoolikaUnicode, ThoolikaTraditionalUnicode, and Thoolika (1997), all Malayalam fonts. Also, Ssoft's-Veena-ML (1997), WebNet. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kerala, India-based Cooperative with members such as Arun M, Dileep M. Kumar, Lelitha V, Mahesh T. Pai, Manoj M.P, Rajkumar S, Sajith V.K, Sanju A Nair, Satyadev Nandakumar, Suresh Valiyaparambil, Vincent Joseph, Vinod B.S, Vinod M.P, Baiju M, Jeroen Hellingman, and Shaji N.V., which offers free software for Malayalam word processing. Download it, and you will find these truetype fonts: AkrutiMal2, Tulasi, AkrutiTml2, ML-TTKarthika (1992), Raghindi, Malayalam, Thoolika, Matweb, Manorama, Shree-Mal-0502. List of free Malayalam (and some Tamil) fonts today:
Malankara is a Malayalam font by Sunny&Manish Mukkoottumannil, made in 1998 (copyright Mukkudanse). [Google] [More] ⦿
A big Tamil truetype font archive: AAbohi-PC, AParanar (R. Kalaimani, 1996), Bavani-Regular, Bamini-Plain (Harangraph, 1993), DenukaPC (Ethno Multimedia, 1995), Dheepa-Plain (religois dingbats by Ethno Multimedia, 1992), EELANADU-byAharamFonts (Jeeves Systems, 1996), ELANGO-TML-Panchali-Normal (Cadgraf Computers, 1994), Hamsathvani-Regular (Ethno Multimedia&B. Gnanapandithan, 1995), Hindolam-Regular (Ethno Multimedia, 1995), Karaharapriya-Regular (Ethno Multimedia, 1994), Kamaas-Regular (Ethno Multimedia&Ranjan Shivakumar, 1993), Kathanakuthugalam-Regular, Keeravani-Regular (B. Gnanapandithan&Ethno Multimedia, 1994), Lathangi-Regular (Ethno Multimedia, 1994), Madhuvanthi-Regular (Ethno Multimedia, 1992), Malayamarutham-Regular (Ethno Multimedia, 1994), Myp, Nattai-Regular, Needhimathi-Regular (Ethno Multimedia, 1995), Ranjani-Plain (Ethno Multimedia, 1992), Rathnangi-Regular, Sangeetha-Regular (Indian drums, by Ethno Multimedia, 1993), Saraswathy-Plain (Ethno Multimedia, 1992), Sahaanaa-Regular (Ethno Multimedia&Gnanapandithan, 1995), Saavaeri-Regular, Sevvanthi-Regular (Ethno Multimedia, 1992), Sindhubairavi-Regular (Ethno Multimedia, 1995), TamilwebPlain (Jeyachandran Kopinath, OviyaResearch, 1996), TAMLKamban-Normal (Learnfun Systems, Chennai, 1999), Thodiragam-Regular, Amudham, Anantha-Regular (EthnoMultimedia&Ranjan Shivakumar, 1993), Boopalam-Regular, Cheithi2 (Selliah Selvaratnam, 1998), Kurinji-Regular (S. Kannan, 1992), KalkiNormal, LT-TM-Kurinji (Lastech, 1992), Saraswathy-Regular (Ethno Multimedia, 1992), mylai, TamilZone, TboomisBold (shreedhar of EssDee Softvarhouse), TMNEWS (Chennai Kavigal, 2000), Vikatan, JaffnaNormal. [Google] [More] ⦿
Archive of Hindi fonts and Hindi font software. It has, among other things, the DV ME Shree family (1992) of fonts made by Modular Infotech, Pune, India. Telugu subpage. Malayalam fonts. [Google] [More] ⦿
Malayalam type designer who created J*Mlm*Jaya-Normal (1994), MMSaroja (1994) (in roman, italic and bold versions) and JJayan. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free Malayalam font MalayalamAbe by Font Laboratories, Washington, D.C. [Google] [More] ⦿
Tulu is a language close to Malayalam. Character set. Close-up jpeg files. Someone sghould make a font from this. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free Indic fonts:
TDIL stands for the Technology Development for Indian Languages. It has an archive with these downloadable Indic fonts: Raghu, Gargi-1.3, GISTYogeshN, GISTSurekhN, JanaHindi, JanaKannada, JanaMalayalam, JanaMarathi, JanaSanskrit, JanaTamil. These are all by C-DAC, Pune. Also included are CDAC-GISTYogeshN-OpenType font and CDAC-GISTSurekh-OpenType fonts. From the National Centre for Software Technology comes the Raghindi font. Other fonts are here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Vaishnavi is a typeface designer specializing in Indic scripts. She works on the conservation and restoration of books, manuscripts, documents, and ephemera. Graduate of the Masters of Type Design program of the University of Reading, UK. Vaishnavi's graduation typeface was Yaska (2014, Latin, Cyrillic and Malayalam). The Latin consists of an 8-weight serif family and a connected italic.
Co-designer with Juan Luis Blanco of Akaya Telivigala/Kanadaka. Blanco writes: Akaya is a single weight experimental display typeface in Kannada, Telugu and Latin scripts designed in collaboration with Vaishnavi Murthy (Bangalore, India). Akaya Telivigala and Akaya Kanadaka are made as two separate font files which share a common Latin. Github link. Google Fonts link for Kanadaka. Google fonts link for Telivigala. Github link for Telivigala.
Designer of Anek Kannada as part of Ek Type's award-winning family Anek (2022). [Google] [More] ⦿
Malayalam font archive: Chambold (Anoop R, IIT Bombay, 1997), ChamuNorm (Anoop R, IIT Bombay, 1997), Chamheavy (Anoop R, IIT Bombay, 1997), MalayalamAbe (Font Laboratories, Washington), Mathrubhumi_Normal, NectarSysMalayalam, Priya, Priya (Varughese Samuel, 1999), RTim, RA1, RA2, RA3, RA4, RA5, RA6, RKB (all by Hussain KH, 1999), Umal1 (Hussain KH, 1999), Ssoft's-Veena-ML (1997, Supersoft, Kesavadasapuram, Trivandrum), DeepaBT (MPB fonts, 1997), Vidya-Bold, Vidya-Normal (both by Microsense Computers, 1995), Gayathri-Regular (Ethno Multimedia, 1993), Janaranjani-Regular (EthnoMultimedia, 1993), J*Mlm*Jaya-Normal (Thomas Josekutty, 1994), RE_iNFOM-Kaveri, ML-TTKarthika-Normal, KeralaLite, Malayalam, MalyalamVijayDemo (Vijay K. Patel, 1995), Manorama (Pugmarks Interweb, Chandigarh, 1997), Mathrubhumi_Normal, ML-TTKarthika-Normal, ML-TTRevathi-Normal, Ssoft's-VeenaLight-PS, PMLCeena, Thoolika (1997, Supersoft, Kesavadasapuram, Trivandrum), TulasiNormal (Sobha Menon, 1998), Varun-Bold, Varun-Normal (last two by Microsense Computers, 1995), ACHINormal, AkrutiMal1Bold, AkrutiMal1Normal, AkrutiMal2Bold, AkrutiMal2Normal, Anjali-Beta, AnjaliOldLipi, AnjaliOldLipi, AnjaliOldLipi, AnjaliOldLipi, Chambold, Chamheavy, ChamuNorm, Chowara, DVMalayalam, DeepaBT, ECBThinkal, ECThinkal, ECWChingam, ECWThinkal, Gayathri-Regular, Goodnewsj-Roman, Goodnewsu-Roman, Goodnewsy-Roman, J*Mlm*Jaya-Normal, Janaranjani-Regular, Kalakaumudi, Kartika-Regular, Karumbi, KeralaLite, KeralaLite, ML-NILA01, ML-NILA02, ML-NILA03, ML-NILA04, ML-TTKarthika-Normal, ML-TTRevathi-Normal, MLB-TTKarthika-Normal, MLBW-TTKarthika-Normal, MLU-Panini, MLW-TTKarthika-Normal, MLW-TTRevathi-Normal, MLW-TTRevathi-Normal, ML_Janki-Bold, ML_Janki-BoldItalic, ML_Janki-Italic, ML_Janki-Normal, ML_Lalit-Bold, ML_Lalit-BoldItalic, ML_Lalit-Italic, ML_Lalit-Normal, Malayalam, MalayalamAbe, MalyalamVijayDemo, Manorama, Manorama, Mathrubhumi-Web-Font, Mathrubhumi-Web-Font, Mathrubhumi_Normal, Mathrubhumi_Normal, NectarSysMalayalam, OyeMalayalam, PMLCeena, PMLTKairaliNormal, Priya, Priya, RA1, RA2, RA3, RA4, RA5, RA6, RE_iNFOM-Kaveri, RKB, Rac1, Rac2, Rac3, Rac4, Rac5, Rac6, Rachana_w01, SALMA2Normal, SIBmalayalam, Shree-Mal-0501W, Shree-Mal-0502, Ssoft's-Veena-ML, Ssoft's-VeenaLight-PS, Thoolika, ThoolikaTraditionalUnicode, ThoolikaTraditionalUnicodeNew0, ThoolikaUnicode, ThoolikaUnicodeNew0, TulasiNormal, Varun-Bold, Varun-Normal, Vidya-Bold, Vidya-Normal, WebNet, KeralaLite. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer in 1999 of the free Malayalam font Priya. [Google] [More] ⦿
Fort Worth, TX-based creator of a commercial font collection that covers most Indian languages: Gujarati Radhika, Gujarati Priti, Gujarati Palana, Hindi Vijay, Assamese Vijay, Bengali Vijay, Tamil Vijay, Telugu Vijay, Sanskrit Vijay, Punjabi Vijay, Malayalam Vijay, Malayalam Radhika, Kannada Vijay, Marathi Vijay, Nepali Vijay, Oriya Vijay, Indian Artwork-Vijay. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ahmedabad, India-based designer of a Malayalam typeface to accompany Cyrus Highsmith's Serge (2014). [Google] [More] ⦿
Commercial outfit with language kits (including fonts) for these languages: Burmese, Cherokee, Inuktitut, Kannada, Lepcha, Limbu, Lontara, Malayalam, Sinhala, Telugu, Tibetan, Bassa, Cambodian, Ethiopic, Laotian, Saurashtra, Sylheti, Tai Le, Tamil, Assyrian (Syriac), Burmese, Georgian, Khmer. [Google] [More] ⦿
Indian company which made the Goodnews family (Goodnewsj, Goodnewsu, Goodnewsy) of Malayalam fonts in 1999. Download here. [Google] [More] ⦿
This site has the following truetype fonts: Braille (by Vyacheslav Dikonov), MalOtf (Malayalam font by Shaji N Vyapron, based on fonts by Jeroen Hellingman), Raghindi (National Centre for Software Technology. This font was developed by Prof. R.K. Joshi with assistance from Mr. Vinay Sayanekar), TibetanUnicode (2002, Gregory Mokhin), UrduNastaliqUnicode (2002, Shehzad Ali&Tabish), ani (2002, a Bengali font by Dr. Anirban Mitra). [Google] [More] ⦿
Maldivian / Malaysian designer. She designed the Highheel all caps typeface in 2008. No font downloads. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ahmedabad, India-based designer of Magasin Malayalam (2015), a Malayalam typeface based on Laura Meseguer's curvy typeface Magasin (2013). [Google] [More] ⦿