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Don’t Believe a Word: Multilingual Typographic Systems and a 100-year Publishing Project

Dr. Rathna Ramanathan
Reader in Intercultural Communication and Dean of the School of Communication, Royal College of Art, London

The Murty Classical Library of India aims to make accessible modern translations of Indian texts in print and online. In the first five years, 22 volumes in 12 different languages have been published. Please join us as Dr. Ramanathan reflects on the delights and challenges of building a complex, multilingual typographic system for this unique 100-year publishing project. In addition, Dr. Ramanathan will discuss a subsequent research project which aims to create typographic guidelines for Indian languages and scripts.

A typographer, researcher and educator, known for her expertise in intercultural communication, typography and alternative publishing practices, Dr. Ramanathan has, for the past 20 years, run a design studio (based in Chennai and London) with a focus on research-led, intercultural, multi-platform graphic communication. Her practice evidences an interest in the research and design of marginalised content, endangered languages and practices in South Asia and an expertise in the design of multilingual communication.

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