Monday, May 26, 2008

Postage of the British Raj

I tracked this seal down - and found a wealth of beautiful images. Check out the Royal Philatelic Society's page on the history of postage in the Jammu and Kashmir states of the British Raj. Geoffrey Hack's collection from the Princely States of India is also incredible! All sorts of beautiful old handwriting, seals, stamps, and printed type!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Arabic Letraset

Cool image from the fun "Arabic Script" book by Gabriel Mandel Khan, a great resource for Arabic calligraphy noobs like myself. Hopefully someday I'll find some Nastaliq and other South Asian styles to compare!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Hava Aney Dey film poster

I just saw Hava Aney Dey this past weekend, a part of the Global Film Initiative's "Global Lens 2008" and loved the poster - so why not post it here? Yeah, if you get the chance, check it out! And also go see Opera Jawa - that one looked great!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Creating a Kannada typeface for the web

Wow, today is a lucky day! Point your browsers toward Sanjay Basavaraju's blog, Chukki: Kannada typeface for the web. He is a post-grad student at the National Institute of Design in India, and his blog takes a peek at his process. Hopefully we can get him to update us on how his project is going!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

How to write Punjabi letters

Hi again! I am experiencing another episode type dejavu! I opened up the library's copy of "Learn Punjabi in 30 Days" and found these familiar, very cool diagrams. Where had I seen these before? Haha. There are some famous commenters on that photo!

So, thanks again, South Asian Type Crew - great minds think alike! But yeah, more proof that we need to go to India and start documenting all of the REST of the type in India! I'll go get the boat ready.

Also: If any FontStruct-ers wanted to work off of those couple of Devanagari vowels I started, here's the link!