Malayalam

When the new font Nirmala was announced with Windows 8, one expected it to be better than Kartika, its unaesthetic predecessor with unacceptable shapes. But Nirmala Malayalam adds insult to the injury inflicted upon earlier.

Sample these:
1. One conjuct has a missing stem
2. Has a confusing stroke ending style
3. Invents a clumsy way to handle descender portions
4. Substandard design quality, no optical corrections or proper stroke modulation

Please see the jpg attachment for details

Did the type designer(s) consult some one who knew Malayalam? Or did they think whatever they design will be accepted by others? I had pointed out the design problems in Kartika years back, but from repeating the same mistakes and making it worse it seems the people concerned donot care.

When the new font Nirmala was announced with Windows 8, one expected it to be better than Kartika, its unaesthetic predecessor with unacceptable shapes. But Nirmala Malayalam adds insult to the injury inflicted upon earlier.

Sample these:
1. One conjuct has a missing stem
2. Has a confusing stroke ending style
3. Invents a clumsy way to handle descender portions
4. Substandard design quality, no optical corrections or proper stroke modulation

Please see the jpg attachment for details

Did the type designer(s) consult some one who knew Malayalam? Or did they think whatever they design will be accepted by others? I had pointed out the design problems in Kartika years back, but from repeating the same mistakes and making it worse it seems the people concerned donot care.

P. M. Hashim

Type designer in Malayalam having designed more than 25 typefaces in the language used by publishers including Malayala Manorama, Mathrubhumi, Deepika, Mangalam, Thejas and D C Books. Designed Indulekha, Ravivarma, Ambili and a symbol font Chihnangal for C-DAC Gist while working there in 1993-94. Linotype Indus is the only Roman typeface designed by him to date, ispired by Indus Valley inscriptions dating back 5000 years.

Presently running a successful information design consultancy in Cochin, Kerala, India.
www.design-difference.com

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