Burmese Text Designs

21 Oct 2011

Burmese script consists of rounded characters. That doesn’t mean design of a Burmese character has to be circular shape. There are several verities, but basically, circular, rectangular, chamfered rectangular (sharp or rounded edges) shapes and mixture of these.

Detailed custom font can be carefully design using Opentype feature, ကြို့

Detailed custom font can be carefully designed using Opentype features when we never achieved with visual sequence fonts | ကြို့

Burmese is a complex script and developing a normal usable Unicode standard font is difficult enough. How about a customized and detailed designed Burmese font? Well, it’s a headache just by thinking about it but not impossible. Till now, most of designer’s Burmese fonts doesn’t make use of power of opentype effectively. Among opentype features, ligature feature is the most suited for complex Indic scripts such as Burmese and Khmer. You might notice that most of the time when f and i are type together as fi, the shape of fi significantly change by connecting f to i with the disappearance of dot from i. That’s the ligature replacement and that feature can be used for combination of 2 or more glyphs. Thanlwin font was designed only with this feature. It has more than 1000 glyphs ligatures for various combinations.

note the 90 degree corners and flags

Note the 90 degree corners and flags

You can squeeze or squash the texts too

You can squeeze or squash the texts too

This is unique but not a good one though
This is unique but not a good one though
I noticed myanmar fonts lack the serif designs, so i sketch up some designs for a new serif font, it never developed into actual product. Myanmar Serif design by Lionslayer

I noticed Myanmar fonts lack the serif designs, so i sketch up some designs for a new serif font, it never developed into actual product. Myanmar Serif design by Lionslayer

graffiti looking စောတင်မောင်

graffiti looking စောတင်မောင်| Saw Tin Maung

Another hand-written style font, please note how they design စ

Another hand-written style font, please note how they design စ | စာရေးသူစိတ်ကြိုက် နှင့် မုဟုတ်

ကျော်အောင်မော်

ကျော်အောင်မော် Kyaw Aung Maw Design

You can see the sharp corners in red texts

You can see the sharp corners in red texts. Without it, it's just another rounded font.

you can see this book cover and texts were completely designed by hand (painted)

You may notice this book cover and texts were completely designed by hand (painted)

Win Myanmar brochure - Win fonts revolutionized the way how Myanmar books published, yet lost the beauty of well-placed glyphs

Win Myanmar brochure designed by their own fonts - Win fonts revolutionized the way how Myanmar books published, yet lost the beauty of well-placed glyphs

Typical rectangular designs

Typical rectangular designs from old Myanmar 100 Kyats Note

typical dhamma book design

Typical dhamma book design from 11 Suttas

Typical designs, you can notice tall vowel AA in ထေါင်

Typical designs, you can notice tall vowel AA in ထေါင် which breaks old saying/rule "ခင်ဂူငေါဒေါပုံဝ ကလွဲရင် မောက်ချမသုံးရ။"

Even hand written design is typical

Even handy crafted design is typical

stylish old parabaik ပုရပိုဒ် design which is adopted to many of today burmese designer's fonts

Stylish old parabaik ပုရပိုဒ် design which is adopted to many of today Burmese designer's fonts

Chinese looking Strokes

Chinese looking Strokes in Burmese ဒေါင်းတမန်

stone scripts were mostly rectangular due to difficulties in sculpting

Old stone scripts were mostly rectangular due to difficulties in sculpting

still, artist's handwriting designs are popular in it's own way, မောင်ထွန်းသူ

Still, artist's handwriting designs are popular in it's own way, မောင်ထွန်းသူ

rounded rectangular texts can be too cute sometimes

Rounded rectangular texts can be too cute sometimes, ဆရာ နှင့် မြန်မာသဒ္ဒါ

ref dict by Myanmar language comission, note that yellow title is parabaik design

Reference dictionary by Myanmar language commission, note that yellow title is parabaik design, စာကိုးအဘိဓာန် (ပုဂံခေတ်၊ ပင်းယခေတ်)

rectangular parabaik design, burmese grammar

rectangular parabaik design, Burmese grammar , မြန်မာသဒ္ဒါ (The whole book is divided and taught in basic and university curriculum)

pre WWII heading style

pre-WWII heading style မြဝတီ

parabaik text design, many of Art-house fonts are favourite of designers, zawgyi font was one of art-house's designs

Parabaik text design, many of Art-house fonts are favorites of designers, zawgyi font was one of art-house's designs, ခေတ်သစ်ရာဇဝင် ဒေါက်တာသန်းထွန်း

old myanmar one kyats with typical designs

old myanmar one kyats with typical designs

old lead block letters had their own style such as well-placed glyphs

Old lead block letters had their own style such as well-placed glyphs and triangle medial wa

most popular book for half a century, may be bold letters just did the work

Most popular Myanmar book for half a century, may be bold letters just did the work

khmer strokes can be adopted to Burmese design

Khmer strokes can be adopted to Burmese design

irregular design ကျော်အောင်မော်

Irregular design ကျော်အောင်မော်

I found this book to be very elegant, notice that flags in texts form the kanote flowers

I found this book to be very elegant, notice that flags in texts form the kanote flowers မြန်မာ ပင့်ရစ်ခွဲထား ရကန် | ထွန်းတင့်

I don't know why, books related with buddhism prefer top-bottom-thicken and flagged design

I don't know why, books related with Buddhism prefer top-bottom-thicken and flagged design

graffiti looking စောတင်မောင်

graffiti looking စောတင်မောင်, Yes, free style graffiti fonts designs could be very interesting!

goffy cartoonish design

Goofy cartoonish design, ပြစ်မှု

flagged strokes

Typical painted flagged strokes which can be easily seen around pagodas in Myanmar

flagged strokes in today designs

Flagged strokes in today designs

Another Tin Aung Maw alternative design

Another စောတင်မောင် Saw Tin Maung alternative design

exaggerated top strokes

Exarggerated top strokes look like Oriya script

မိမန်းလေး Design

Mi Man Lay မိမန်းလေး Design

elongated sharp cornered rectangular or hexagon design

elongated sharp cornered rectangular or hexagon design, ကျော်ဝင်း အတောင်ပါသော စကားလုံးများ

chamfered တင်မောင်ဝင်း

Chamfered တင်မောင်ဝင်း

a simple and clean justified syllable design, now unicode fonts can do that in web viewing, thanks to ICU

A simple and clean justified syllable design, now Unicode fonts can do that in web viewing, thanks to ICU, ပညာရှင်များရဲ့ နှစ်ဆယ့်တစ် ရာစု | ကျော်ဝင်း

Payphuhwar logo

Pay Phu Hlwar ပေဖူးလွှာ is a reborn version of old magazine of the same name. The logo just looks soft and flexible as a palm leaf ပေရွက်!

This is completely my design of rectangular block text

This is completely my design of rectangular block text.

Mattias Persson's modification of Times New Roman as Time new Burmese. He designed many other designs for many other scripts too.

Mattias Persson's modification of Times New Roman as Time new Burmese. He designed many other designs for many other scripts too.

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