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Type Talk: The Evolution of Thai Loopless

  • TCDC Chiang Mai Thailand (map)

with Promphan Suksumek and Cadson Demak Team
Available slots : 80

Thai script is divided into two main categories the loop and the loopless. Looplesss is generally considered the “modern” form of Thai script. However, the Thai loopless form has its history. This presentation will examine the evolution of the Thai loop-less style and attempt to map its development.

 Originating from Thai Naris typeface, in the late 1800s, the Thai Loopless form was initially constructed using the board nib pen. Later on, it was adopted and transformed by the locals. Initially, it was primarily used in headlines. In literature, newspapers, and local products, it was used to make a bold statement. In the 1940s, it began to be embraced by the local calligraphers and sign painters. The dry transfer era saw even more experimentation with the loopless form. It was also seen on the posters during the student uprising. And now it is part of our daily life. 

 Cultural influence has simplified the loopless form over time. The Thai loopless form brings up many questions about what we consider modern or outdated. By understanding the history of the loopless form, we can get a better understanding of its possibilities in the future.


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Earlier Event: October 11
Variable Pixel Fonts with Glyphs
Later Event: October 12
BITS9: Conference Day