If you’ve been to India (updated: South Asia), you’ve
been blinded bludgeoned by seen exuberant colors and funky fonts on store signboards, slogans on the backs of commercial vehicles, wall posters and paintings advertising films and political parties, and more. Most contemporary signage is computer-generated, but back in the day, by which I mean MY day, it was done by hand by street painters.
HandpaintedType is a project headed by Hanif Kureshi (not the novelist) that aims to preserve the typography of Indian street painters. The site features different regional painters and their unique signature fonts, and gives you a break down of the font to boot. This, for instance, is the Delhi-based Painter Kafeel’s font.
Hat tip: Zouch Magazine