Zenab Bastawala is an award-winning typographer, type designer/speaker, educator, and sign collector. She holds a MA Degree in Typeface Design from the University of Reading, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communication Design from Swinburne University, Australia. She teaches typography at the Srishti Manipal University, Bangalore, India. She founded ‘Thinking Letterforms’ (TLF) - a letterpress print lab at Srishti, where she conducts typography studios and workshops for UG & PG learners. Her work has published internationally, and she has taught classes and workshops on local and national levels. She has particular interests in new and experimental tools, using to create Indic letterforms that have visual texture, contemporary interpretation of traditional forms, using text in its visual and verbal aspects. As a sign collector, she curates ‘Sign Walks,’ an online platform that looks into urban signages, their context (e.g. contrast, uniqueness) and relationship with the cityscape. Zenab occasionally speaks about typography, branding, book design, and graphic design at national and international events.
Type Specimens: A microscopic view of assorted Metal sorts during Colonial India