Here is something interesting for today’s ATypI,
Meetei Mayek is the indigenous script of Manipur, a state in the Northeast of India at the border of Myanmar.
In the beginning of the 18th century the Bengali script replaced Meetei Mayek due to political and cultural changes and has been used ever since to write Meeteilon, the main spoken language in the area.
In 2005-2006, the Government of Manipur decided to go back to the roots and officially readopted Meetei Mayek after almost 250 years. Now the Bengali script is being slowly replaced, therefore new typefaces will be required for all kinds of media. Due to its long absence though only very few typefaces of Meetei Mayek exist these days which calls for the creation of a whole new system for designing modern Meetei Mayek fonts.
Indian type designer Neelakash Kshetrimayum will discuss and illustrate the typographic evolution of Meetei Mayek with the help of inscription, manuscripts, letterpress, sign-painting and digital fonts.
Furthermore, he will describe the challenges one faces while developing an original typeface of high quality.
And Neelakash knows exactly what he’s talking about – not only is he an expert on the native script of Manipur, but he has also designed two such fonts for Meetei Mayek, Pakhangba and Sanamahi.
ps. For a little taster, take a look at this.
The work sample courtesy of Neelakash Kshetrimayum
Author Katharina Hauptmann is a German freelance writer based in Reykjavik.