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Amar Bornomala, the Next Steps

The Amar Bornomala team is working hard to release their 2nd font. You’ll be able to download it from the same site. We’re also collecting people’s feedback for the 3rd font which going to be released on next Pohela Boishakh.

Those who believe in Bangla, keep the same right to contribute in developing it. We are expecting your active and constructive inputs so that we can set some standards for Bangla fonts. We hope it’ll help the upcoming typographers to be more interested in developing new Bangla fonts.

You can upload a scan copy of your handwritings here which may include the suggestions for how you want to see the alphabets. Based on experts selection, we’ll create a font combining different handwritings of different alphabets.

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To Download the New Bangla Font of Amar Bornomala

The new free bangla font launched by Amar Bornomala is open to download since the 1st minute after it was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. In last 22 hours it got around 3,000 downloads. If you yet to download it, please use this link.

It’ll ask your email or phone number before the download starts. We are taking this info so that we can notify you the next update, as well as if other fonts are here to download.

So far we’ve got thousands of feedbacks via comments, direct contacts, Facebook post, over phone etc which encouraging us to work harder. We are ensuring you that we are reading each of your feedbacks and working on it.

As there were no academic standardizations in creating Bangla fonts, our aim is to establish this culture. Also we want to create a platform from where people can get beautiful Bangla fonts for free.

So your support is very important!

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The Beginning of Amar Bornomala

The beginning was back in 2010 when I first started thinking about an academic thesis entitled ‘Amar Bornomala o Somosamoyik Bangla Typography‘ (my alphabets and contemporary Bangla typography). Those were some dots which needed to be connected.

In last two years I’ve tried to connect those dots. I’ve talked with several people, organizations, institutes to get supports. But I never imagined that the country chief will inaugurate this initiative!

The primary goal of Amar Bornomala is to standardize the Bangla fonts with academic principles. The Honorable Prime Minister of Peoples Republic of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated the first font at the very first moment of 21 February 2013 from the Central Shahid Minar premises. Other two fonts are coming within next couple of days.

Access to Information (a2i) programme of Prime Minister’s office initiated this project in association with Bangla Academy and Department of Graphic Design from University of Dhaka. You can also download this font from this link.

Well, it wasn’t an easy journey and at the same time was a long process of learning. You shouldn’t limit your dreams, ever! Most of the times you won’t be able to imagine the solutions, but you can be sure that there must be a solution if you are able to create a constructive problem.

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a brand new font style

brand new font style
this is a screenshot from illustrator cs4. i am creating this one just using the single plain stroke. the layout is in my head and i am using the mouse just like the pencil...

as i was working with the dissertation, i was planning a cover design. well, i had plan to create at least two special font styles only for the dissertation! it was really tough… the layout was ready but the technical development is a matter of hard work and time spending. anyway at least i should write the title name in a special font… so here is the basic structure of a brand new font style. i wish it’d be usable for everyone very soon.

wish me a luck 🙂

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The New Robi Font

One of the most popular local telco Aktel re-branded themselves to Robi from 28 March 2010. It was the most massive commercial event of present advertising history.

I came to know about the new brand name by 15 February though it was something top level secret. Suddenly I found myself so special when they offered me to design and develop a new type font for this new brand. It was totally a new experience for me.

The maximum share of Robi is owned by Axiata. So Robi is using Axiata’s brand identity and guideline. I had to follow the style of Axiata Book, a branded Roman font they are using for their identities.

The time was too limited and I was new, but that made me desperate. I met the first deadline with a complete developed font which they refused. After that the present one came with the effort of another few sleepless nights. I am grateful to my dearest friend and to Rifat Nabi.

So, when I see a billboard saying ‘apnar aktel ekhon robi’ or ‘jole uthun apon shoktite’ or some other sentences in Axiata Bangla font, I do remember the hardest works and loveliest memories 🙂

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long time no see

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a new born bangla font, designed and developed from hand crafted pencil lines!

this time it’s something very serious discussion about typography. till february 15, i knew typography from the point of academic activities. i actually didn’t know how it could be used in real life. one of my friends called me then who is working in an largest ad agency of the country. they were looking for someone who can create a full usable set of bangla alphabets. i wasn’t sure but somehow found enough courage to do it. later i came to know it’s for one of the largest mobile phone company who is going to be re-branded within the end of this month. last 30 days i just lived with the alphabets… and the best part is, i’ve came to know about the best typographer i’ve ever met. the deadline was too tight… almost impossible for beginner like us. but we’ve done it somehow! it wasn’t superb but definitely we can treat it as an achievement. congratulations to us!

so, though it’s long time you didn’t see me here, i am feeling good to say you something new… i’ll tell you about the experience soon in my next post.

have nice time 🙂

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Working with typography :: the full set

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The post working with typography got the highest visit among all the posts of this blog. It’s really wonderful. I am really grateful to them who commented there. They inspired me to create the full set of the typography. It’s really a work of patience. I could find many problems in the set after completing it. The more I am working with it, more I am learning. Hopefully I am going to make it as a ‘font’ so that I can use it when I type a sentence. It’ll need some more detailing and I also have to learn a font creating software. I’ll keep a copy here so that people can download it and check it. so keep in touch.