The Endangered Alphabets: Chittagong Hill Tract Project - Mro Typeface

 

The Project involved the development of several endangered writing systems from the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh. The idea was to take the scripts that are dying out and transform them into a fonts so the people could start using them and publish books in the hope of saving them.  I turned two of the scripts into typefaces.

 

The Mro (also called Mru or Murong) script is used for writing the Mro language, spoken in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. The script was created in the 1980s by a man called Menlay Murang (or Manley Mro), a Mro by descent, as redemption for a catastrophe told in Mro legend. Traditional folklore has it that god Turai wrote down a script and a religion for the Mro people, as for all the other tribes, and gave it to a cow to deliver to them. However, the cow became tired and hungry during the long journey from heaven, and ate the book it was carrying, and the script was forever lost. Until the 1980s it was a great source of shame to the Mro people that they did not have a script of their own, and Menlay Murang is held in high esteem for redeeming them from this. Some textbooks claim that Menlay Murang based the script on Roman, Burmese and Chinese characters, although others state that any similarity to other scripts is purely coincidental. Sources agree, however, that the script bears no natural genetic relationship with any existing script.

 

The Mro script is an alphabet; each character represents one sound, and some sounds are represented by more than one letter. It is written horizontally from left to right with spaces between words. No tone marks or combining characters are used.

The typeface for Mro I created takes inspiration from blackletter type and Calligraphy forms of the letters in attempt to create something that could work in print but keep its originally feel to it.

 

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The Endangered Alphabets: Chittagong Hill Tract Project - Mro Typeface. The Project involved the development of several endangered writing systems from the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh. The idea was to take the scripts that are dying out and transform them into a fonts so the people could start using them and publish books in the hope of saving them.  I turned two of the scripts into typefaces.

 

The Mro (also called Mru or Murong) script is used for writing the Mro language, spoken in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. The script was created in the 1980s by a man called Menlay Murang (or Manley Mro), a Mro by descent, as redemption for a catastrophe told in Mro legend. Traditional folklore has it that god Turai wrote down a script and a religion for the Mro people, as for all the other tribes, and gave it to a cow to deliver to them. However, the cow became tired and hungry during the long journey from heaven, and ate the book it was carrying, and the script was forever lost. Until the 1980s it was a great source of shame to the Mro people that they did not have a script of their own, and Menlay Murang is held in high esteem for redeeming them from this. Some textbooks claim that Menlay Murang based the script on Roman, Burmese and Chinese characters, although others state that any similarity to other scripts is purely coincidental. Sources agree, however, that the script bears no natural genetic relationship with any existing script.

 

The Mro script is an alphabet; each character represents one sound, and some sounds are represented by more than one letter. It is written horizontally from left to right with spaces between words. No tone marks or combining characters are used.

The typeface for Mro I created takes inspiration from blackletter type and Calligraphy forms of the letters in attempt to create something that could work in print but keep its originally feel to it.

 

More informations click here

download the specimen book

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The Endangered Alphabets: Chittagong Hill Tract Project - Mro Typeface

 

The Project involved the development of several endangered writing systems from the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh. The idea was to take the scripts that are dying out and transform them into a fonts so the people could start using them and publish books in the hope of saving them.  I turned two of the scripts into typefaces.

 

The Mro (also called Mru or Murong) script is used for writing the Mro language, spoken in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. The script was created in the 1980s by a man called Menlay Murang (or Manley Mro), a Mro by descent, as redemption for a catastrophe told in Mro legend. Traditional folklore has it that god Turai wrote down a script and a religion for the Mro people, as for all the other tribes, and gave it to a cow to deliver to them. However, the cow became tired and hungry during the long journey from heaven, and ate the book it was carrying, and the script was forever lost. Until the 1980s it was a great source of shame to the Mro people that they did not have a script of their own, and Menlay Murang is held in high esteem for redeeming them from this. Some textbooks claim that Menlay Murang based the script on Roman, Burmese and Chinese characters, although others state that any similarity to other scripts is purely coincidental. Sources agree, however, that the script bears no natural genetic relationship with any existing script.

 

The Mro script is an alphabet; each character represents one sound, and some sounds are represented by more than one letter. It is written horizontally from left to right with spaces between words. No tone marks or combining characters are used.

 

 

The typeface for Mro I created takes inspiration from blackletter type and Calligraphy forms of the letters in attempt to create something that could work in print but keep its originally feel to it.

 

More informations click here

download the specimen book