Muthu Nedumaran

 
 
 
 

Muthu Nedumaran has over 3 decades of experience in designing typefaces for complex scripts. He started out by drawing large banners and posters with Tamil and Latin inscriptions while he was at school in the 70s. His initial work in the digital space were bit mapped fonts for the computer screen and printers with a dot-matrix print-head. In the 80s, he developed bitmapped fonts for laser printers. This, together with his simplified input method for the Tamil script, changed the entire landscape of Tamil printing in Malaysia and Singapore. Daily newspapers, magazines and books abandoned conventional letter press for his digital typefaces.  His simple end-to-end system also enabled many new publications to spring up as it drastically reduced the need for heavy upfront investment.

Fast forward a few decades, Muthu’s type design for Indic and Indo-Chinese scripts are now bundled into iOS and macOS and some Android devices. The typefaces cover Devanagari, Bengali, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Sinhala, Lao, Myanmar and Khmer scripts. The popular Tamil type called 'Inaimathi' continues to render Tamil text beautifully on iPhones, iPads, HTC Android devices and even the Apple Watches. The same typeface is used as the standard type for Tamil text by the Ministries of Education in Singapore and Malaysia.

Muthu also works on Arabic typefaces, helping designers with the engineering elements of the font. His work on these typefaces ensures that the correct forms are used when the typefaces are used to render text in this naturally cursive script.

Muthu is currently researching on cursive typefaces by studying handwritten manuscripts in archives across the region. His interest is to study the natural movements of the strokes when text is written in these languages. Besides Typography Muthu has also innovated and built fast and efficient input methods for all the languages he works on, in various platforms. His Tamil keyboard app for smart devices, called Sellinam, has over 1 million downloads across Android and iOS.

 

BITS 8 on the beach Conference
Muthu Nedumaran
October 6, 2018
Morning Session
10:00am - 1:00pm
at Tamarind Ballroom,
InterContinental Hua Hin Resort


"Designing type for a family of complex scripts" 

South Asian and South East Asian scripts are generally called 'complex scripts’. The degree of complexity varies from script to script. However, they share some common features. Some even share common shapes. The presentation will talk about challenges in designing a typeface that will look homogeneous across different writing system that are likely to appear together in a single document, notice or a sign-board.

 

BITS 8 on the beach Workshop
Tan Sueh Li
October 7, 2018
Afternoon Session
1:30pm - 3:00pm
at Tamarind 1,
InterContinental Hua Hin Resort
Available slots : 10

"Designing type for a family of complex scripts"

According to the speech,this workshop show some of the techniques used to realise a common design and show slides and demo using the Glyphs app. Users are welcome to use other tools like FontLab, though the techniques may be different.

Requirements: Bring your own MacBook (Glyphs application installed) 

 

BITS 8 on the beach Discussion Panel

October 6, 2018
Afternoon Session
3:30pm - 4:30pm
at Tamarind Ballroom,
InterContinental Hua Hin Resort

"Crossroad SE"

Asia Bilingual and multiple scripts in SE Asia have never been easy. This group discussion will be focusing on the common issue of what is like to a type designer and graphic designer in the cross culture junction.

Leaded by Muthu Nedumaran a pioneer of type design and type related technology and Tan Sueh Li, the new generation of Malaysian type designer. Both are two respected names in type design from Malaysia the heart of multiple scripts in SE Asia. Also join the conversation with Kelvin Wong a notable Malaysian designer who lives and works in Thailand.

This group discussion will be moderated by Anuthin Wongsunkakon. This session will be conducted in English.