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.

 

Upcoming Walks

Nicholson Cemetery Type Walk

December 9, 2018 / SOLD OUT

Let’s take a stroll in Delhi’s Nicholson Cemetery to look at some of the oldest Latin letters to be seen in the city: ranging in styles from blackletter to grotesque to tuscan, some of it dating back almost two centuries. As we spot letters on gravestones, we will talk about the stories of the typographic styles, as well as the stories of those who are buried here. Our protagonists among others include John Nicholson, on whom the cemetery is named; American founding father, Benjamin Franklin; and of course, the man who introduced moveable type to Europe, Johaness Gutenburg.

 

Past walks

Paharganj Type Walk & 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 Airbnb Experience.

 
 

Delhi Walk Festival – Typography and signage in Paharganj

Every year Delhi Walk Festival puts 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.