Drawing of Godna Tattoo Letters by: Ram Keli, Sunita and Sumitra from Jamgala, Chattisgarh, India
Concept, Cleaning up and Vectorization of Letters: Ishan Khosla Design, New Delhi, India
Type Design: Andreu Balius, Barcelona, Spain
The Typecraft Initiative, a self-initiated project, is also completely self-funded. The goal of the project — through the creation of typefaces based on various crafts or tribal arts of India — is to inspire, create awareness and generate further interest in the history, context, work and life of the people we collaborate with. The mandate of The Typecraft Initiative is to raise funds for collaboration and involvement of diverse groups of tribal artists and craftspeople from India in creating typefaces based on their arts and crafts. Whether we make money or not, the craftsperson always gets paid in advance. Funds raised from the sale of the typefaces is first used to cover all costs and then to initiate similar new projects with other tribal and craft groups.
Further information at The Typecraft Initiative webpage.
Godna is a display typeface only intended for very big display sizes and dropcaps. Each characters has a huge amount of points, so it renders a bt slowly in conparison with usual typefaces. The font has a complete set of uppercase (A to Z) with numbers ans basic punctuation signs. It also has two stylistic sets for uppercase (A-Z) with more rough designs. A third stylistic set is completed with tattoo Gond symbols.
Spacing and kerning has been roughly outlined in order to get a more formal character typesetting.
Stylistic set 1
Stylistic set 2
Stylistic set 3
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