Posts tagged with “Malayalam”

Mar 17, 2018

Three short (one was a novel) projects in Malayalam this week. One for a neighbourhood festival. Single colour offset, the printer picked a much nicer shade than I could conjure from the Pantone deck. Then they topped it off with a slight showthrough uncoated stock. Bliss. Fonts are the lovely Baloo Chettan and Noto Sans. The Serif is quite usable too, even more than the paid-for ones around.

Jul 5, 2015

LodQuilonITFSpecimen.jpg

Made a few of these* for ITF’s new release, Quilon. This one quotes from Vaikom Muhammed Basheer’s Pathummayute Aatu (പാത്തുമ്മയുടെ ആട്).

Quilon is an old-style Malayalam type family designed to work well as running text. It is as unpretentious and to-the-point as text-only faces can be, with some surprisingly beautiful conjuncts and old-style ligatures (for a text face seen at large sizes). The glyph count that runs into many hundreds sport some combination gymnastics I’ve never seen used in print before. In that respect, whether intended or otherwise, this is a font file that moonlights as a cultural museum of sorts; impossibly large glyphsets, attempting to preserve the development history of the script. If one were to ignore the spacing oddities and opentype substitution inconsistencies that make using it on multi-signature publications a potential nightmare, it may grow into a workhorse in one’s book typesetting stable in time.

It is Basheer’s eleventh death anniversary today. His works continue to defy attempts of translation with their souls intact.  

*Not every sample image you see on the site is mine; some sport conjuncts—unfortunately—rendered wrong.