Muthu Nedumaran, Joanne Chew, and Sueh Li:
Typography & Type Design in Malaysia
Coming from a multi-racial and multicultural country, three Malaysian designers will showcase the diversity of typography and type design in Malaysia, in terms of approach, perspective and language. The report will briefly cover designing and engineering Tamil typefaces and linguistic inclusion in everyday technology down to typography with graphical expression in visual storytelling. Ended with custom type in branding and type design in local context.
About Muthu Nedumaran
Muthu Nedumaran has over 3 decades of experience in designing typefaces for complex scripts. In the 80s, he developed bitmapped fonts for dot-matrix and laser printers. This, together with his simplified input method for the Tamil script, changed the entire landscape of Tamil printing in Malaysia and Singapore. Muthu’s type design for Indian and Indo-Chinese scripts are now bundled into iOS and macOS and some Android devices. Besides Typography Muthu has also innovated and built fast and efficient input methods for all the languages he works on, in various platforms.
About Joanne Chew
Joanne Chew is a visual storyteller, graphic artist, creative director and aspiring writer. Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur. A graduate of Parsons the New School for Design in New York and having worked in several boutique design firms in New York and Singapore, she now runs Fictionist Studio, a multi-disciplinary design studio specialising in all platforms which involve the birth of an idea. Her writings have been published in Design Observer, Singapore’s The Design Society Journal and China's Design 360˚ Magazine.
About Sueh Li
Sueh Li is a type designer, educator and artist from Malaysia who graduated from the Type and Media Master program at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. With an interest in searching for Malaysia's unique identity in typography and type design, she founded huruf, a type collective which constantly explores typography and type design specific to local cultures via research, workshops and events. Huruf's subsidiary, hrftype is a multilingual type design studio that provides typographic solutions and consultation in visual communication.
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