A communication design graduate from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India, Neelakash has worked with a wide range of organisations focusing on print media. While working on various projects, he discovered his interest in ‘type’ and decided to focus on the subject. This eventually took him to one of the finest schools for type design, the University of Reading, UK, making him the first Indian to take the MA in Typeface design course there. He was awarded the Monotype Imaging Ltd Studentship 2009 and also holds a distinction in the course.
Neelakash has designed two typefaces – Pakhangba and Sanamahi for Meetei Mayek, the native script of Manipur. He also designed a Latin and a Bengali typeface called ‘Frijky’ during the course at the University of Reading. Though his primary interest lies in making typefaces, Neelakash continues to work in the field of graphic design – identity, branding, publication, illustration.
He presented a paper ‘A comparatively study of Meetei Mayek’ during the ‘Typography Day 2011’ at National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India.
In 2011, Neelakash co-founded Mayek Projects (www.mayekprojects.com) with Anand Naorem, which offers design solutions for type, news and branding.
At Reykjavík 2011 Neelakash Kshetrimayum will be speaking at:
- The Revival of Meetei Mayek Sat 17 Sep 1620