Muthu Nedumaran has closer to 4 decades of experience in designing typefaces for complex scripts. He started out by drawing large banners and posters with Tamil and Latin inscriptions while he was at school in the 70s. In the 80s, he developed bitmapped fonts for laser and dot-matrix printers. This, together with his simplified input method for the Tamil script, changed the entire landscape of Tamil printing in Malaysia and Singapore.
Fast forward a few decades, Muthu’s type design for Indic and Indo-Chinese scripts are now bundled into iOS and macOS and some Android devices. The typefaces cover Devanagari, Bengali, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Sinhala, Lao, Myanmar and Khmer scripts. Some of his types continue to render Indian text beautifully on iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and Apple CarPlay.
Muthu also develops tools for font engineers. His ‘Hibizcus’ tools for proofing and debugging complex script fonts are used by major foundries that work on typefaces for complex scripts.