Jo De Baerdemaeker began this post-doctoral research project on 1 May 2011 at the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication (University of Reading).

The research aims to provide an comprehensive historical account on the evolution of the printed Mongolian character, and to offer practice-oriented guidance for the design and development of new digital fonts for the traditional Mongolian script (or Uyghuro-Mongol script) and its variants. It adopts a methodology tested in De Baerdemaeker’s work on Tibetan typeforms.

The main objectives are:

  •  To develop a framework to describe the visual and technical quality of Mongolian typefaces
  • To establish the extent of printing houses using Mongolian typefaces and the connection with the individual punchcutters/type designers or typefoundries & companies of printing material and typesetting equipment that were creating and/or supplying these founts.
  • To explore how Mongolian typefaces were developed and typeset.
  • To set up practical guidelines for creating contemporary Mongolian fonts.

This website intends to be the platform of the research project and presents findings and practical guidance supported by theoretical analysis, publicly available to scholars of Mongolian language and culture, to historians of print, to professional (typeface) designers, software developers, librarians, linguists, academics, and to all those who have an interest in non-Latin typography and typeface design.

This research project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the University of Reading


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One response to “about

  1. Thank you for sharing your research! I’m creating a mock tourism campaign for Mongolia (I’m working towards a masters in design). While you’ve just submitted just a few posts, each entry has been extremely valuable to my project.

    Thanks again!

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