Typing Using Custom Made PNG Fonts Based on Traditional Designs

Some samples of PNG's very own custom made fonts.

This is one of those things you read and you say to yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that?” It’s something simple yet simultaneously very impressive – typing on your PC with any operating system utilising any software that uses font typefaces but now with the option of using custom made Papua New Guinean fonts based on our traditional designs and cultural imagery.

For example, you turn on your PC, open up MS Word and instead of selecting Times New Roman to type your brochure/poster up, you instead select Tolai, Sepik, Hagen, or Oro fonts. How sexy is that?

Very sexy and the idea is teeming with enormous potential – and it’s the brainchild of University of Papua New Guinea academic Philemon Yalamu.

Yalamu’s goal: To complete 50 font typefaces developed from traditional designs from all 19 provinces of PNG before the end of next year and then to commercially launch the product targeting entities such as graphic artists, studios, designers, newspapers, newsletter publishers and anyone else associated with the art and design industry.

With the help of his final year art and design students (He could have designed all the font typefaces himself but instead opted to integrate the concept as part of his curriculum in order to pass on the concept and idea to his students), Yalamu has developed 15 font typefaces with the remaining 35 font typefaces to be completed next year with a much larger class.

Now, I’m not too sure what the agreements are between pupil and lecturer, but if I was one of those students I would be fighting extremely hard for a contract to be signed on paper.

This project is a cash-cow waiting to be milked and Philemon Yalamu must be commended on his entrepreneurship and for allowing his students to get involved.

~ by Tavurvur on November 5, 2008.

4 Responses to “Typing Using Custom Made PNG Fonts Based on Traditional Designs”

  1. Sorry, there is a mistake with the photo here. I think this is not my picture. Can Tavurvur change or update it please. This is Mr. Mara’s Picture, the director-IRC of UPNG.

  2. Philemon,

    I apologize for the mistake. At the time of me writing this post I simply assumed that Mr. Mara was you. Now I can’t find the original photo! If you do have one of yourself that you would like me to insert into my post – please let me know. You can email it to me on my email address: tavurvur.blog@gmail.com.



  3. Before misleading the people with the commercial part of this project [agreement], whatever made in this portion of the project and with the inclusion of students is for the generating of income that will go back to the institute and to the students fascilities. It is one way of helping ourself. It is not about greed and pride that whosoever would have.

  4. so how does one going about obtaining this font program?


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