Supporting effective typographic communication in vernacular scripts


Advocating a research-based design methodology, this talk considers some of the resources that are available to inform as well as to inspire the design of typefaces to support effective textual communication in vernacular scripts. Through examples of relevant work, it will discuss the analysis of historical records and archival materials. It will also discuss the use of non-typographic resources to underpin best practice in the typographic representation of scripts to afford a visible voice to diverse linguistic communities. Whilst this talk focuses on the scripts of South Asia, for which there continues to be a recognized paucity of fonts, many of the issues discussed are pertinent to all writing systems.