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Digitising hand-painted type faces to keep the craft alive

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Digitising hand-painted type faces to keep the craft alive

Anubhav Gupta

 

This project has been around for some time, initiated by our good friend and very talented designer, Hanif Kureshi. Called handpaintedtype.com, it's an attempt to showcase, catalogue and preserve the art of hand painted typfaces created by India's traditional sign writers.

The accompanying short film created by Kureshi is a heartfelt and charming look at the art form as it slowly dies out to be replaced by new, digital printing. Shown at festivals around the world, including the Venice Biennale, it's certainly worth a watch whether you're a type enthusiat or simply interested in Indian art, culture or history.

One of the many traditional typefaces catalogued by handpaintedtype.com

One of the many traditional typefaces catalogued by handpaintedtype.com