Type walks are a unique opportunity to look at our cities through a typographic lens, learn about the languages and scripts in our public spaces, and appreciate the work of local sign-makers.
Typography walk in Paharganj & show and tell
The route of this walk follows one of the main market streets in Paharganj, a neighbourhood that has existed since the Mughal era and dates back to the early eighteenth century. We start and finish at two important landmarks built during the twilight of British rule in India: the Imperial theatre on one end, and New Delhi Railway Station on the other. Participants play a game of bingo to spot different styles of hand-painted signs, and are introduced to all the Indian and foreign scripts they encounter — over a dozen in total. As the sun sets on Delhi, participants get a chance to see scores of neon signs light up the market, learn about the history and science behind neon signs, and discuss their place in pop culture. The walk is complemented with a show-and-tell of books about Indian scripts, vernacular lettering and sign painting. This walk is available as an.
Delhi Walk Festival – Typography and signage in Paharganj
Every yearputs together a celebration of the city’s culture and quirks through a series of specialized walks. A typography walk in Paharganj was organized as part of the festival to help city locals see this historic neighbourhood not just as busy market full of tourists, but as a place with a distinct typographic personality that can re-acquaint them with the city’s history and culture.