Kimya Gandhi
Typeface Designer. Mota Italic.

At some point during her bachelor studies at NIFT, Kimya found herself fascinated with letterforms and typography; not yet aware of the vast field of type design that existed beyond the institute. To pursue this growing interest, after completing her Masters from IDC, IIT Bombay, she took an internship with Linotype in Germany. The internship validated her interest in type design and opened new doors to learning type design and production. Her internship project, DIN Next Devanagari, in collaboration with Akira Kobayashi, was released by Linotype Design Studio. She later went on to pursue the Typeface Design Intensive (TDi) summer program at the University of Reading in the UK. Kimya now works with Rob Keller running the type foundry Mota Italic from Mumbai, designing retail and custom fonts in Devanagari and Latin. Mota Italic has catered to to a range of clients like Škoda, Audi, Google, to name a few. Kimya’s recent font release Maku, is a first-of-it’s-kind handwritten Devanagari typeface that has unique typographic features. Kimya believes there is great potential to change and improve the type design learning environment in India and encourage vernacular graphic design. And to do that she enjoys teaching typography and type design at various design institutes, like Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI), Pearl Academy, NIFT, Symbiosis Institute of Design. She has conducted workshops at NID, Typography Day and at international conferences like TypeCon in Washington DC. Kimya also co-organises a monthly get-together called Typostammtisch in Mumbai, that is aimed at providing a platform to to encourage conversations and collaborations with fellow type enthusiasts ranging from students, academicians, typographers, lettering artists to type designers. After graduation, Kimya gave herself two years to decide if she wanted pursue type design professionally, it’s been 6 years since and she is very happy that she did.