In Bangladesh, around 1.5 crore people actively use Internet. It’s 6.5% of our population and we’re in the position of 157th in the world in terms of ratio. But our penetration is 28.5% which is really high compare to many other countries.
Necessity is the mother of invention, literature is the grandchild of crisis!
Last five months, most of the spaces of my thought were captivated by one thing – telling a story about an ongoing history.
It’s published now!
I was not always very happy in working at G&R. I actually attempted to quit several times and plan my career in a whole different way. But somehow I wasn’t able to do that. Love often causes pain and for some strange reason, we always accept it, and often enjoy it.
Some stories to be told loudly as most people don’t want to hear – we all are busy telling our stories.
Things are changing too fast and the same thing happening here at G&R. In last 1 year, we’ve experienced lots of growth in too many ways.
Growing isn’t always exciting. We often miss our old days, our childhood. At G&R, though we’re missing our ‘beyond regulation’ days, but we always keep our attention in improving the product experiences with latest and updated technology.
This might be one of the prestigious moments I’d always love to remember. Talking in front of a camera wasn’t a very new experience for me. But it was really difficult to keep my nerves normal when I knew that this conversation has a chance to be featured in Google I/O.
Thanks to my colleagues and the camera crew from Google for their supports. It seems we were looking good when the video was showing on Google I/O wall.
the amar bornomala team is working hard to release the 2nd font. you’ll be able to download it from the same site. we are also collecting people’s feedback for the 3rd font which going to be released on next pohela boishakh.
those who believe in bangla keep the same right to contribute in developing it. we are expecting your active and constructive inputs so that we can set some standards for bangla fonts. we hope it’ll help the upcoming typographers to be more interested in developing new bangla fonts.
you can upload a scan copy of your handwritings here which may include the suggestions for how you want to see the alphabets. based on experts selections, we’ll create a font combining different handwritings of different alphabets.
the new free bangla font launched by amar bornomala is open to download since the 1st minute after it was inaugurated by the prime minister sheikh hasina. in last 22 hours it got around 3,000 downloads. if you yet to download it, please use this link.
the beginning was back in 2010 when i first started thinking about an academic thesis entitled ‘amar bornomala o somosamoyik bangla typography‘ (my alphabets and contemporary bangla typography). those were some dots which needed to be connected.
in last two years i’ve tried to connect those dots. i’ve talked with several people, organizations, institutes to get supports. but i’ve never imagined that the honorable prime minister will inaugurate this initiative!
these slides were presented at Dhaka Startup Weekend, held in 10 – 12 January 2013. the learnings are real and you can ask for the details. we have the stories to tell you.