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Learn how typography can convey sounds and emotions at Rathna Ramanathan’s talk tomorrow 

Get a gist of a ‘visible language that we don’t always notice’ with Rathna Ramanathan, who breathes, practices and teaches typography. In town tomorrow, she will be speaking at Picturing Words: Typography As Illustration, an event by Tara Books. “From the numbers on your alarm clock to a toothpaste advertisement—typography isn’t just important, it’s integral,” says the London-based head of design and interaction at Central Saint Martins. Ramanathan’s talk will focus on the expressiveness of typography and she believes that “type can convey sound, texture, movement, colour, atmosphere and even emotion.”

A graphic designer who runs Minus9 Design, Ramanathan tells us to expect historical examples as well as references to three contemporary picture books (by Tara Books)—Anything but a Grabooberry, Tiger on a Tree and In the Land of Punctuation—as she makes her case. She will show you how typography can give language a voice and anyone from designers to book lovers can attend to learn about the connect between type and the world.

Ramanathan is the Association Typographique Internationale’s (ATypI) country delegate for India, and advises graphic and typeface designers, Monotype and Adobe, on the design of their Indic typefaces, especially the Tamil script. She also designs bilingual Indian books for Harvard University Press and creates communication for non-profit organisations based in Tamil Nadu. You can probably pick her brain on the typography of Indian wedding invites too, an area she has researched plenty.

On August 9, at 6.30 pm, at Book Building, Thiruvanmiyur. Details: 42601033
—Preethi Ann Thomas

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