If you remember a couple of days ago I made a post about a new website called Armenotype.com
Hrant Papazian, the owner of the website left a comment there for me and gave very interesting information. Following his remarks I found this.
Carolyn Puzzovio has been involved in design education for over thirty years. Her background is as a graphic designer and her major interest within the subject has always been lettering and type. This interest has developed beyond the Latin alphabet – the 38-character Armenian alphabet in particular. During 2007 she designed her first OpenType typeface – Lagoon – based on a Venetian model from 1810.
Carolyn’s articles on the subject of the Armenian alphabet and type are published in the latest issues of Baseline, nos. 57 & 58.
Typography for a small country – Armenia
Throughout centuries of persecution, the Armenian people have relied on their ancient language and culture to ensure the survival of their religion and identity.
Since the adoption of the specially-created Armenian alphabet 1600 years ago, most letters have remained unique and unchanged and the Armenian alphabet is fundamental to Armenian religion, language, literature and culture. Now more Armenians live in other parts of the world than live in 21st century Armenia, the Armenian diaspora attempts to keep the culture and language alive in their international communities and their unique alphabet is a key factor in this. Only a small number of designers have played their part in creating typefaces for Armenian use. The presentation will provide an overview of key developments in Armenian type design; the creative use of the unique Armenian letterforms and examples of some recent typeface development projects including those submitted for the Type Design Competition Granshan* – an initiative of the Department of Creating and Saving Armenian fonts in the Armenian Ministry of Culture. *Granshan is normally judged in Yerevan but Granshan 2010 will be judged in Dublin at the ATypI conference.