Kohinoor Multiscript by Indian Type Foundry
Kohinoor is the first multilingual typeface designed by Indian Type Foundry (ITF). Currently, six variants including Latin, Gurmukhi, Devanagari, Tamil, Gujarati and Arabic are available on their website. It aims to become the first family to support all 11 of India’s official writing systems and around 780 languages spoken in India.
Being familiar with five of the scripts at the start of his career, Satya Rajpurohit, co-founder of ITF, had an advantage in applying his knowledge and understanding to the multiple scripts together. His ambition was “to design a super-family that supports all the languages of India while keeping the visual aesthetic of all scripts similar across the entire suite of typefaces. This would allow for all the languages in India to be typeset in a coherent and consistent visual system. It was and still is a very unusual idea in India: it is rare to find fonts that offer various scripts within the same family.” says Satya*.
At the time when the Kohinoor project began there weren’t any retail fonts supporting the various languages in India and is being used by some of the world’s biggest tech companies, including Apple.
Well on its way of reaching its ambitious goal, Kohinoor’s uniformity across India’s several languages allows the font to be used on computers, with a hope that designers can create content in vernacular languages with as much confidence as they currently do with Latin scripts.
Kohinoor is displayed as part of the Designer Maker User exhibition at the Design Museum, London.
Image credits: Indian Type Foundry
* Quote taken from interview with www.myfonts.com