Delhi Walk Festival: Typography and Signage in Paharganj

What can we tell about a city by looking only at its road and shop signs? Architecture, planning and environment inform what the world looks like, but the devil is in the details and the details are the letters in these signs. Where else can we see signs in five scripts in just five square meters? When was the last time you saw a neighbourhood being lit up by scores of vertical neon signs? Why do Korean and Hebrew jostle for space with Oriya and Bengali in a city where the official languages are English, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu? Let us reacquaint ourselves with Paharganj with the help of the street lettering we see there. 

Buy tickets for November 3, 2017, 5:00 pm.


Delhi Walk Festival: Typography and Signage in Kashmere Gate

Take a walk around Kashmere Gate and wander through the history of Western typography as we stroll from Nicholson Cemetery to St. James Church, looking at some of the oldest English letters to be found in Delhi. We will see first-hand samples of carved letters on headstones, ranging in styles from blackletter to grotesque to art nouveau and some of them dating back almost two centuries. Juxtaposing these letters with the hand-painted, wooden and pixel signs that can be found in the neighbourhood, we will trace the evolution of typographic styles from the time Gutenberg printed his first Bible. A mix of local and world history, urban myth and anecdotes, design history and visual culture, this walk will open one’s eyes to the stories of public lettering all around us.

Buy tickets for November 11, 2017, 9:00 am.