Universal Thirst

Universal Thirst

Launch of Indic-Focused Font Library

Author: Vicky Blake

The six-year-old design studio has unveiled a new website to mark the launch of the Universal Thirst font library, which specializes in Indic scripts.

The foundry’s mission is to expand the design possibilities for Indic writing systems such as Devanagari, Tamil, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, and Bangla, through experimental releases as well as functional, reliable branding, editorial, and document fonts. Universal Thirst will provide expert typographic support to global brands and startups operating in South Asia or expanding their business in the region.

Universal Thirst was set up in 2016 by founders Gunnar Vilhjálmsson and Kalapi Gajjar, who bring a collective 22 years experience in the global type design industry. The foundry is headquartered in Reykjavik and Bangalore, and works with a team of type designers with extensive Indic and Latin font expertise. Projects to date include collaborations with Google, Falcon Enamelware, The Gourmand, Icelandair, Frieze Art Fair, and Dishoom.

This font library, available for license by individuals and companies, launches with five font families: Sarvatrik, Ilai, Ouma, Seismic, and Meursault.

In addition to releasing new designs and working on custom projects, they have also launched a new digital journal, The Universal Thirst Gazette. It will explore the design cultural history of Indic type and typography, in an effort to support brands’ and designers’ knowledge of Indic languages and their typographic counterparts.

Universal Thirst’s website was designed and developed by Math Practice, E Roon Kang and Wonyoung So. Universal Thirst Gazette was designed and developed by Paul Sturm and Salomi Desai. UT Polar Bear and Lion emblem by Sophy Hollington.

Universal Thirst

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