Pooja Saxena is a typeface designer and typographer interested in multi-script design. After completing a stint with the font team at Apple, Inc.
in late 2012, she moved back to India and now works as an independent typeface designer and consultant in Bangalore. As a participant of GNOME’s Outreach Programme for Women
last year, Pooja worked
on improvements on GNOME's UI typeface, Cantarell
, and extended the character set to include additional Extended Latin and Cyrillic characters. She is currently working on commissions to design a Devanagari and Ol Chiki typeface family each, both fine-tuned to work well on the web.
In addition to her work as a typeface designer, Pooja organizes collaborative events called Typerventions
in Bangalore, where participants create experimental lettering using everyday material in the city's public spaces. Along with Nirbheek Chauhan
, she is responsible for the initiation, design and development of the Bharti Braille Converter
, a free online tool that converts Hindi and Marathi text in the Devanagari script to Bharati Braille. Their latest project, The Ballot
, is a bilingual compendium of information of about the Indian political system. It has been noted
not only for its impact, but for its multi-script design
In the past, her research about typography in India has been selected for presentation at ATypI’s
annual conference, as well as Typography Day
. Pooja has also taught workshops about typography at design schools in India, including the National Institute of Design, Bangalore and Pearl Academy of Fashion, New Delhi.
A graduate of the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Pooja worked as a graphic designer at Ishan Khosla Design
before pursuing her interest in type. She completed her MA in Typeface Design
at the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication, University of Reading (UK), where she was awarded the Monotype Imaging Studentship to pursue her studies. Here, she designed a Latin-Devanagari typeface called Cawnpore