Panuwat Usakulwattana


Panuwat Usakulwattana is a graphic designer, lettering artist, type design and writer on typography related content. He earned BFA in Communication Design from Bangkok University. He made the debut to the type scene with his senior project on the study of relationship between Dyslexia and Type Design. The project won first prize of Degree Show 2012 which landed him an opportunity to present at BITS MMXII.

Parallel with his time at School of Fine and Applied Art, Bangkok University, Panuwat spent most of his late teen exploring video production with his pals under the group named “Jettana” making music video and TV commercial. He decided to shift his focus to Graphic Design and took a full time position as a graphic designer at Conscious where he reunited with his passion about type and typography. Panuwat joined Cadson Demak in 2012 and took on a challenges as a type designer.

Beside being a type designer, he also writes about Typography and Type Design for and currently serves as the editor. Recently, Panuwat is the team leader of the “Totem” establishment project. A new activity created by Cadson Demak in order to promote young Thai Type Designers and help them achieve their goal. 

Born in Nakorn Sri Thammaraj, southern province of Thailand but currently lives and works in Bangkok. He regularly visits his hometown to escape from the big city. He likes to learn something new all the time so it is very common to see Panuwat travels around the country with a bunch of good books in his knapsack.


BITS MMXV International Conference
Panuwat Usakulwattana
Presented by Typographic Association Bangkok (TAB)
October 31, 2015.
Evening session
5th fl Auditorium, bacc.

“Typing Thai and The Ghost of Typewriter”

An interesting note on how we (Thais) construct Thai language after the arrival of typewriter. Understanding the decisions that were made back in the 30’s so we can have a better understanding of what we have on the modern days keyboard. From the old typewriter which physical keyboard is needed to how Thais type Thai in today’s mobile devices. Check out what we have done in the past that makes typing Thai more efficient. Wish list on what need to be improved in order to catch up with the drastic change of the future. The typing rate can become a serious issue when it comes to communication speed where every second countes. This presentation shall give you some interesting angles about Thai keyboard layout through the eyes of a Thai type designer.