Type is more than just Latin 🌍

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Just a few more issues of tttt this calendar year. This time I thought we could maybe get into some other languages and scripts rather than English and Latin. So, let's get poppin'!

😵 780 Languages. 11 Scripts. 800 Glyphs. 🤯

DESIGNING TYPE FOR AN INDIAN AUDIENCE. In comparison to latin glyphs, Devanagari (also known as Nagri) is written from left to right and widely used in India and Nepal. In Devanagari, each unit is based on a consonant letter and the vowel notation comes second, whereas in the English language, vowels and consonants possess an equal status when written and there is no audial hierarchy. Type designer Hitesh "Rocky" Malaviya talks more about Devanagari and designing type for Indian scripts here.

🚧 It's a Sign 🚧

KANUN. Designed by Kristyan Sarkis, Kanun is the Arabic counterpart of Typotheque's Latin typeface— November. Kanun and November draw from different inspirations. While November is inspired by street signage in Europe, the standards of street signage in the Arab world do not offer a solid starting point. Instead, Kanun explores the idea of rational and mechanic Arabic forms.

Kanun is ideally suited for the information signage and wayfinding projects, and includes a collection of transportation and travel-related signs, symbols, icons, and various sets of arrows. Check it out here.

💖 10 Rules to Help you Rule Type 💖

TYPOGRAPHY MANUAL. Generally speaking, there are two types of typography– expressive typography (type is visual, carries the meaning of the word and sometimes appears as physical shapes) and functional typography (type that is meant to be read).

This video focusses on the latter— functional typography.

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🌈 Sneha.