Monday, May 30, 2011

Namma Chanda Lettering - Benglur Public Font Library

The other day Mr. G posted about The Open Font Library on Facebook and mentioned the quality of their typefaces. I was really mystified I tell you. Why go and look at some foreign lettering in some ice cold country somewhere when we have our Namma Lettering here. No need for computer gomputer and all. Just take a walk along any street in Bengaluru and Aiyoh illi nodu! Abbah alli nodu! Yeshtu Chanda! Yentha Kaambinashun! So much different different lettering is there. Here are just a few examples -



To read more about a Brahmin Breakfast at this place please read here >>





See? We have variety as well as quantity. And no strange names like Eadui Medium and Nova Undercut and all. We just call our fonts by what they say: Prashanth Hotel Non Veg font, Brahmin's Coffee Bar font, Pooja jewels font...you get the idea no? So much easier to remember than that Ewdi Undercut thing.
Look to your own city and namma culture is vot I say!

Slideshow here >>

Do visit this excellent site which collects our unique typography - Hand Painted type
Thank you for the link Shreyas! 

10 comments:

vrisha said...

tumbha chennagide ri priya! ;) just looking at brahmins coffee board makes me crave for a cup of filter coffee right now. I can't wait to be back in bengaluru & rush there every morning (i live a minute away from brahmins) and join your sketching workshop!

Prabha Narayanan said...

All this overwhelming awesomeness! India is india wonly. We need our own font library to dig into :)

pRiyA said...

Vrisha: YOu live a minute away from Brahmin's?? Oh you lucky lucky thing you!!!

Shreyas said...

Have you seen this priya?

http://www.handpaintedtype.com/

pRiyA said...

Shreyas, thanks a ton for this. I'll add it to my post and also contact a sign painter I happen to know ...

EMBELLISHER said...

Great post Priya. Our sign board painters need to be acknowledged.

Sound Horn Please said...

When I came across the hand painted typeface project, i wondered if one of the bloggers in India would just take a camera to the streets and click a few snaps. If I was in India, I would so want to! So, was really kicked to come across your post..

hila said...

hi there, I just wanted to leave you a note to say of course you can re-blog part of my angela carter post if you wish :)

Gwen Buchanan said...

Oh I love playing with letters.. it was fun to see this variety!

koltesagar said...

Divine Drugs! I am going to use it in place of 'Holy Cow!'.

When I see these fonts they unpack my city for me.