Very well written by Ezrena from @designarchive
How do you give your community a voice? How do you empower your community with language and typography? And bridge platforms using design and technology?
Overwhelmed by the sharing sessions at MDA over the weekend. It was riveting and inspiring listening to Muthu Nedumaran @m_nedumaran
, from Klang, share his stories in trying to find ways to get technology to speak Tamil so that his father, Murasu Negumaran, a poet and author, is able to print his manuscripts using a printer. Muthu grew up helping his father write and layout his manuscripts, designed books, and banners for Pesta Kebudayaan / Persatuan Penulis and Pembaca Tamil. At the time (70s/80s) everything in Tamil was handwritten. Muthu was looking for an accessible and affordable way for the Tamil community to communicate, engage, connect with one another across platforms and spaces. Muthu taught himself programming (assembly), hacked printers, wrote softwares, designed typefaces. He is responsible for the Tamil typeface for broadsheet mass printing for Tamil Nesan, the Tamil text in our phones, browsers, magazines, Kindle! An Indian migrant living overseas downloaded his Tamil software online and wrote to Muthu and said: "Thank you for reigniting my love for the Tamil text once again after 20 years". In 38 years, this was the first time he was invited to present his work in Malaysia, in English, to the broader Malaysian audience.
Muthu Nedumaran's work is everywhere and around us. This is a love story about struggles in visual culture and how it binds itself with family, community, language, and design. Our biggest challenge in MDA has always been the lack of visual materials in the Tamil language. Our collection is disproportionate because of this gap in our archive. So we would like to thank Sueh Li, @huruf.my
for introducing us to Muthu and inviting MDA to collaborate and organized this talk. It was really an honor to have Muthu share his work in our space. நன்றி
#tamil #tamiltype #tamiltypography #malaysiatypography #typedesign