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Designer with Rajesh Pradhan of a GNU license (free) OpenType Oriya font, Utkal (2003), which can be downloaded here and here. See also here, where it is given as part of the Rebati Open Source Project for computing in Oriya. [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 Oriya fonts made in 2005: GISTOROTAnandItalic, GISTOROTAnandNormal, GISTOROTAnantBold, GISTOROTAnantBoldItalic, GISTOROTAnantItalic, GISTOROTAnantNormal, GISTOROTBalabhadraBold, GISTOROTBalabhadraBoldItalic, GISTOROTBalabhadraItalic, GISTOROTBalabhadraNormal, GISTOROTChilikaBold, GISTOROTChilikaBoldItalic, GISTOROTChilikaItalic, GISTOROTChilikaNormal, GISTOROTDharmapadaBlackItalic, GISTOROTDharmapadaBold, GISTOROTDharmapadaItalic, GISTOROTDharmapadaNormal, GISTOROTDhauliBold, GISTOROTDhauliBoldItalic, GISTOROTDhauliItalic, GISTOROTDhauliNormal, GISTOROTHirakudBold, GISTOROTHirakudBoldItalic, GISTOROTIspatBold, GISTOROTIspatBoldItalic, GISTOROTJagannathBold, GISTOROTJagannathBoldItalic, GISTOROTLingarajBold, GISTOROTLingarajBoldItalic, GISTOROTLingarajItalic, GISTOROTLingarajNormal, GISTOROTMenakaBold, GISTOROTMenakaBoldItalic, GISTOROTMenakaItalic, GISTOROTMenakaNormal, GISTOROTMuktaBold, GISTOROTMuktaBoldItalic, GISTOROTMuktaItalic, GISTOROTMuktaNormal, GISTOROTNilachalaItalic, GISTOROTNilachalaNormal, GISTOROTSamaleiBold, GISTOROTSamaleiBoldItalic, GISTOROTSamaleiItalic, GISTOROTSamaleiNormal, GISTOROTShamukaItalic, GISTOROTShamukaNormal, GISTOROTSuhasItalic, GISTOROTSuhasNormal. [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:
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] ⦿
Gandhi's spectacles provided inspiration to Mumbai-based Payal Juthani, who made Gandhiji Font (2010) for Devanagari, Latin, Gurmukhi, Tamil, Oriya, Kannada, Telugu, and Urdu. Nadine Pereira (Mumbai) showcases it on Behance. Klingspor link. [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.
Free Indic OpenType fonts have been released under the GNU General Public License:
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
Kalinga and Kalinga Bold are the default Odia / Oriya fonts in Microsoft's Vista. According to Migrating to Unicode from Legacy Systems (Nisam Ali), these are some of the highest quality Unicode Odia fonts available in 2015. [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.
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 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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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.
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.
Creator of the rounded old style text Unicode Odia font OT Jagannatha. His list of Odia fonts in 2015 includes Jagannatha, Suparna, Nilachala, Savita, Subhadra, Banita, Shuchi, Samaleswari, Ashna, Shouri, Sarvadi, Utkal, Swati, Archana, Dharama, Sunil, Odissi, Prabhakara, Varuna, Jaya, Bibhavasu, Visu, Neeraj, Konark, Vashudeva, Kapila, Rudra. [Google] [More] ⦿
Oriya font link and jump page by Omniglot. Oriya is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by about 22 million people in the Indian state of Orissa. This syllabic alphabet developed from the Kalinga script, one of the many descendents of the Brahmi script of ancient India. The earliest known inscription in Kalinga dates from 1051. [Google] [More] ⦿
The TrueType ISFOC-Oriya-Sarala font family (by C-DAC, Pune). The Oriya truetype font family OR-TTSarala (C-DAC, Pune, 1994). The same font again. [Google] [More] ⦿
Visual Designer, design educator and typographer. Paresh has a Masters in Applied Art from M.S. University of Baroda (1993), and finished Advanced Studies in Curating and Spatial Graphic Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (2011). Since 2008, he teaches graphic design at the MIT Institute of Design.
Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: How an Indo-Aryan language based script is developed on purely circular grid! Is it cultural influence or practicality constraint? In this talk, Paresh focuses on the Oriya / Odiya script. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer of Ashoka Odia (2017, Indian Type Foundry). Ashoka Odia is an Odia-script typeface created for use in long passages of text intended for immersive reading. ITF writes: As a design, Ashoka Odia is a series of firsts: it is the first text typeface designed for Odia that applies Latin-style stroke contrast to the script's letterforms. It is also the first family for the Odia script to apply industry standards to each of its constituent fonts by e.g., making multiple related weights available and by including kerning and OpenType features. [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.
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).
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:
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:
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:
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] ⦿
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:
Designer in 2010 of the first free Unicode fonts for the Odia (Oriya) language, eOdissaBOX, eOdissaBOXUni, eOdissaKaanthaUni, eOdissa-Majhi-Uni (the last one is handwritten). Zip file with eOdissaBOXUni. Dafont link. He also created the Latin hand-printed typeface Im weird (2010), as well as Baby Potato (2010) and Pretty Tomato (2010). Direct download link. Fontspace link. [Google] [More] ⦿
A free truetype font for Oriya, Maan-NormalOdiaAkhayara, was created by Sushant in 1998. He is trying to create a UNICODE Oriya font as well. His font was originally included in the GNU Freefont project (range Oriya (U+0B00-U+0B7F)), but GNU Freefont has dropped Oriya because of the absence of font features neccessary for display of text in Oriya. [Google] [More] ⦿
Italian-born graduate of the MATD program at the University of Reading, class of 2013. Before that, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martins, London and a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic and Multimedia Design from Sapienza, University of Rome. She currently lives and works in the UK.
For her graduation program, she created the typeface family Prakashan for Odia (Oriya) and Latin. The Latin comes in a low-contrast Light and a quite striking and lively high-contrast Black. Prakashan won an award at Granshan 2014.
Other typefaces by her include SMN (a display typeface that is based on metal letters located in Florence's Santa Maria Novella train station) and Xstitch (a multi-layered typeface designed as part of the One Day Font project while studying at Central Saint Martins, London).
In 2014, she created Rossella Hairline.
In 2015, with Jonathan Hill of The Northern Block, she designed Monsal Gothic, a modern gothic sans which was influenced by News Gothic, Benton and Whitney.
FS Ostro (2018, at Fontsmith) is a modern typeface family in text and display versions. It brings warmth and fresh air to the cold Italian didones. Its more subdued and less contrasted text version was influenced by Scotch romans. There are also genetic elements of Spanish display types.
In 2020, she co-designed Marble with Vaibhav Singh at URW. Marble is part of Asterisk Type Collection by URW Type Foundry. Marble is a modern sans serif with a distinct character and comes in 108 styles plus variable fonts.
Free Indic fonts:
During her studies at the National Institute of Design in Gandhinagar, India, Veethika Mishra created Whirl Custom Type (2013, a ribbon typeface). She was also involved in the Oriya font project Odia (2013, with Subhashish Panigrahi).
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] ⦿
During his graphic design studies at the MIT Institute of Design, Vinita Jakkal (Pune, India) created a decorative Oriya typeface, and wrote: This typeface is inspired from existing Oriya script & also circular forms & designs which are present in Odissi culture. Project was done under the guidance of Prof. Paresh Choudary, MIT Institute of Design for Typography Day 2013.. In 2014, he designed the Latin display typeface Cheese, which can be bought at Hellofont. [Google] [More] ⦿