Experimental lettering from everyday materials to spell meaningful messages in Bangalore's public spaces
Planning to make some letters dance for our next typervention, and having some fun in the guise of trying out ideas. Quick and dirty prototyping is the best!
Of the many legends surrounding the etymology of the word Bengaluru, one popular but dubious theory is that the city’s name comes from the phrase benda-kaal-uru. As the story goes, Hoysala king, Veera Ballala II, came on a hunting expedition to this region and lost his way. An old woman fed the hungry king boiled beans (benda kalu in Kannada) and the king christened the town Bendakaluru which evolved into Bengaluru.
1. Find a font appropriate for letter shaped cookies.
2. Strike a deal for a special baking license with the font’s designer and foundry.
3. Bake cookies.
4. Convince an enthusiastic typophile to pose for several photographs.
5. Make animated gif.
This typervention uses the typeface Klimax designed by Ondrej Jób and published by Typotheque; photography by Nirbheek Chauhan; the man eating his own words is Rasagy Sharma; with some baking and design help by Pooja Saxena.
If you love lettering and type, and are equally nuts about food, join a group of Bangalore typophiles for a picnic-cum-typervention at Cubbon Park next Sunday. Bring along some food and drinks, chat about letters and collaborate with us to make some lettering installations with food (and eat them too!).
For updates and details, see the Facebook event page.
Typerventions are experimental lettering made with everyday materials in the city’s public spaces. Several typervention installations have been created in Delhi with the help of the city’s typographic enthusiasts. They’ve also been featured in Delhi’s edition of TimeOut magazine. In March 2013, Typerventions traveled to Guwahati to be a part of Typography Day. Now it’s time to say hello to Bangalore!
To understand the idea behind Typerventions, hop over to read the manifesto.
See photographs of all the lettering installations made in Delhi.
Read the story of the floating Typervention created in the Hauz Khas reservoir.
Check out the installations made especially for TimeOut Delhi.
Stay tuned for updates here, or follow @anexasajoop on Twitter. Details of a Bangalore meet-up will be announced soon!