A graduate of Tyler School of Art’s MFA graphic and interactive design program, Beth Shirrell is currently teaching at Philadelphia University and moonlighting as a freelance designer and illustrator. Her font Kalakari recently won Gold in the Graphis New Talent Annual.
I explored typographic expression by creating a display font that captures and reflects the ornate culture of India. Specifically taking impetus from the country’s architecture, the ancient art of henna painting, and Hindu iconography. The font is a collection of 26 majuscule forms that make up the English alphabet. Kalakari translates from Hindi to English to mean ornamentation.