Malayalam typography exhibition

March 20, 2015

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Malayalam is the language of Kerala and the letterforms couldn’t really look much more different from our Roman alphabet if they tried. As part of the biennale there was a small exhibition of Malayalam typography which we had to check out.

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It really interested me as I’ve had to design with different alphabets before, mainly Cyrillic and Mandarin, and it’s always been such a challenge to know how much the letter can be manipulated before it becomes illegible to people who can read it. Just knowing where the words start and finish is hard enough! So to see an exhibition using another alphabet was insightful and proved how creative you can be with letterforms if you are familiar with them.

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