Keynote Speakers:

Gerry Leonidas
Typography Designer and Educator, UK

Gerry Leonidas is a prominent personality in the field of typography and typeface design at the University of Reading, UK. He supervises MA and PhD research, and lectures widely acting as the Senior Tutor, Programme Director for the MA and MA (Res) Typeface Design. He is also the Course Director for the TDi summer course, and Enterprise Coordinator for the School of Arts & Communication Design in the United Kingdom.

His research work focuses on typeface design processes, Greek typeface design and typography. He shows interest in typographic education and the development of disciplines of study relating to fields of typography practice. The output of his research lies in the interface between established research outputs and the commercial world, with particular focus on capturing the knowledge within his areas of expertise, and transferring knowledge between researchers and practitioners.

He is the honorary vice-president of ATypI, and extends his knowledge to organize ICTVC, Granshan, and many other national and international conferences. He is the Director of the MA Typeface Design, and the TDi summer course which are recognized as global reference points in type education. From 2017 he will be running a new hybrid MA on research in typeface design.

Prof. Gihan V. Dias
Professor, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Prof. Dias graduated from the University of Moratuwa in 1985 and was awarded a doctorate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from The University of California, Davis in 1992.

In addition to being a Professor in Computer Science and Engineering and Director, International Relations at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka he serves as the Domain Registrar of the LK Domain Registry and as a Trustee of the Internet Society. He was inducted to the Internet Hall of Fame in 2013.

He has been active in several areas of computing, including computer networking, language technologies, e-learning, security, distributed event processing, Internet identity and personal cloud.

Prof. Dias was a pioneer in in developing the field of local language computing in Sri Lanka and was instrumental in the standardisation of both Sinhala and Tamil in Unicode. He also assisted in the development of the first Unicode Sinhala fonts. He is currently working on language technologies, including translation.


Vision Speakers:

Russell Miranda
Executive Creative Director, Grant McCann, Sri Lanka

Russell Miranda graduated from Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art, University of Mumbai. He cut his teeth in the business first as a freelance designer and then as an Art Director at Grant Bozell in the early 90s. He is now the Executive Creative Director for Grant McCann in Sri Lanka. He has worked in McCann offices in India, Bangkok, Madrid, and New York.

Russell brings with him a vast experience of strategic creative direction. Over the years, he has worked on most of the leading local and international brands in Sri Lanka.

Russell has also been awarded locally and internationally for his work. Highlights include: Many Campaign of the Year awards; Gold at Regional Asian Awards for SriLankan Airlines; Silvers at GoaFest Creative Abby 2012; and a Design finalist at Cannes in 2012.


Peter De Almeida
Managing Director and Chief Executive of N*able (Pvt) Ltd

Peter D’Almeida is the Managing Director and Chief Executive of N*able (Pvt) Ltd, a technology company he founded in 2008. Over the 9 years it has grown almost tenfold, in both revenue and in number of people working in it.

Before N*able, Peter was the CEO of Millennium ESP. During a career spanning 25 years in the IT industry, both overseas and in Sri Lanka, Before his involvement with the IT industry, Peter was a banker, having served as the treasurer of the Ceylon Bank Employees’ Union.

Peter is also known to many as a performing artist; As a director and actor, he has taken part in a number of stage plays, television dramas and movies.

Of late, he has seen turned his oratorical skills to motivational speaking, engaging young people and entrepreneurs across Sri Lanka on questions of creativity, people power and sustainability – all of which are core values in his business.

He is also a design enthusiast, with a keen eye for functional design and sets very high standards for visual quality in all that he does.


Speaker Presentations:

The following are the full papers accepted for presentation during the conference Typography Day 2017 held on
24th February Friday and 25th February Saturday 2017 at
NADA - Western Province Aesthetic Resort, 275/74 Prof Stanley Wijesundera Mawatha, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka

International Speakers

Typography Education In An Interdisciplinary Program Through Inclusive Projects
Hye-Jin Nae, Rochester Institute of Technology, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, School of Design, New Media, USA......... (1.62 mb)

Immersive Typography & Information Graphic: A Series of New Learning Tools for Tai Chi Practice
Hung Keung David, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong ......... (646 kb)

Vernacular Typography On The Batik Label As A Representation of Typeface Diversity
Agung Zainal Muttakin Raden and
Muhammad Iqbal Qeis,
Indraprasta PGRI University Jakarta, Indonesia......... (997 kb)

Designing Diversity: Against The Typographic Canon
Dr. Sheena Calvert, University of the Arts, CCW/Royal College of Art, UK

Learning To Be An Experimenter – Tangible Prototyping of Letters
Rikke Hansen, Design School Hoejer, Denmark......... (1.58 mb)

Ore Kallula Rendu Manga: Nimbus Sans Tamil
Pria Ravichandran and
Robert Pratley,
URW++, Germany......... (439 kb)

Communicating Trust in Chinese–English Bilingual Documents
Keith Tam, University of Reading, UK......... (1.10 mb)

GUI-Based Chinese Font Editing System Using Font Parameterization Technique
Minju Son, School of Computer Science and Engineering, Soongsil University, South Korea......... (604 kb)

Reflecting Culture Diversity Through The Printed Page: The Case of OWK Zine
Omiros Panayides, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus......... (441 kb)

Exploring The Diversity of Chinese Typography of Hong Kong’s Neon Signs
KWOK Sze Hang, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

The Typographic Rendering of The Local Dialect in Cyprus: Visualising Ideology in A Diversified Nation
Aspasia Papadima and
Evripides Zantides ,
Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus......... (813 kb)

Speakers From Sri Lanka and India

Analytical Study on Decorative Sinhala Letter Forms Used in Kandyan Buddhist Mural Paintings
E. A. Jayamuthu Sandamali Edirisinghe, National School of Business Management, Sri Lanka......... (688 kb)

Culture in Unconventional Places - Lorry Decoration Sri Lanka
Leyanvi Mirando, Echelon Magazine, Sri Lanka

Epigraph on Clay: Special Reference in Sri Lankan Context
W.M.N. Dilshani Ranasinghe, Department of Integrated Design, Sri Lanka

The Disappearance of Kundaliya, The Sinhala Punctuation. Stories From Development of Sinhala Typography in The Early 19th Century
Pathum Egodawatta, Mooniak, Sri Lanka

Glocal Contextualisation of Typotecture : Situating the Type in A Built Form
Nandita Srinivas, R V College of Architecture, India......... (3.52 mb)

A Diversified Language of Tools
Kalpesh Gosavi, Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai, India......... (1.29 mb)

Reviving a Manuscript Style As A Font: The Design Process of Jaini
Maithili Shingre, EkType, India......... (2.50 mb)

Typography and Diversity in the Process of Learning: Typographical transition in A Child’s Early Reading Stage
Anitha B, English Learning Foundation, India......... (1.94 mb)

Development of The Mina Font Project : Innovative Application of Diversity in Typography - A Case Study
Suman Bhandary, New Delhi, India......... (668 kb)

Unity in Diversity Can Lead To Dynamic Layouts
Manasi Shekhar Keni, Rachana Sansad College of Applied Art and Craft, India......... (1.27 kb)

Student Speakers

Gergo Tamas Farkas, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Hungary......... (657 kb)

Relative Typographic Diversity: The Effect of Environment On Tangible Inclusive Efforts
Dan Docherty, Iceland Academy of the Arts, Iceland

Opportunities For New Digital Typefaces Inspired From Lettering in Bollywood Film Titles and Street Graphics in India
Mohammad Shahid, Department of Design, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India......... (2.16 mb)

छापा - Devanagari Stencil Typeface
Pallavi Hemant Shedge, Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai , India......... (1.14 mb)

Encoding Grantha Lipi in U+0900-097F? and Some Pespectives on Manipravalam
Pavanakumar Mohanamuraly, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Poster Presentations

Impact of Hand Drawn Type Designs in Safety Education in Pursuit of Excellence in Science and Technology
Kailash Gharat, Dept. of Atomic Energy, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, India

Next Toilet Signs With Respect To Typography
Paresh Choudhury, National Institute of Design, India

Learning Potentials of Typography
Bindulika Sharma, Jamia Millia Islamia, India