Hand painted signs are one of the most iconic visual elements of India. Unfortunately, due to the advent and growth of desktop publisher shops, roadside typographers are seeing their work replaced by amateurish computer graphics and ugly vinyls. However, with his project, HandPaintedType
, typographer and artist Hanif Kureshi is documenting and digitalising the typefaces of sign painters across India, creating a database to prevent the rich Indian heritage of hand painted typography from getting lost. This particular typeface is by 45-year-old painter Kafeel, from Azamgarh, UttarPradesh.
The project is an open, collaborative effort: detailed instructions on how to document local typography are available on the website, and anyone is welcome to contribute.
HandPaintedType, and a video about the project, will be part of the show Paris-Delhi-Bombay, opening at the Centre Pompidou
, Paris, on May 25th. The India Tube
have been selected to be part of the exhibition and media space too, so see you in Paris!
Words by The India Tube
Images courtesy of Hand Painted Type