Dr Vaibhav Singh

Independent Scholar and type designer

Research Interests

Vaibhav Singh is an independent typographer and type designer. He is the editor and publisher of Contextual Alternate, an interdisciplinary journal of typography, design, and history. 

Vaibhav’s research interests revolve broadly around typographic history, printing, publishing, and textual communication, and in particular, aspects of design and technology for Indian languages and scripts. With a focus on the history of design processes, their broader sociopolitical contexts, and their formulations of creativity and innovation, his research areas span interactions between makers and users across geographies as well as social groups. His research interests also extend to working practices and their transformation across technological change, transnational professional and commercial networks, and the dynamics of international collaboration in the development of design and technology across linguistic boundaries.



‘The machine in the colony: technology, politics, and the typography of Devanagari in the early years of mechanization’. Philological Encounters. Brill, Leiden, (Forthcoming)

‘From handwritten copy to the printed page in Devanagari: investigating the curious case of Friedrich Max Müller’. Journal of the Printing Historical Society. PHS, London (Forthcoming)

‘Soldiers of lead, denizens of pixels’. Technology and South Asia. pp. 13–15. Harvard South Asia Institute. Cambridge, Massachusetts (2015)

‘Indian scripts and their transition into print’. Hiut, Typography Journal. No. 7, pp. 50–65. Type Space Inc., Seoul (2014)

Edited books

Non-Latin scripts: from metal to digital type. Fiona Ross and Vaibhav Singh (eds.) Published by St Bride Library, London (2012)


Counterpunch: global type design, 1450 to the present (November 2017)

Part of the advisory board for the exhibition, organised by Stanford University Libraries Special Collections, at the Peterson Gallery, Green Library, Stanford CA  

Making news: type technologies in transition in newspapers across the world (September 2014)

Co-curated the exhibition (with Fiona Ross) at Museu del Diseny, Barcelona, as part of the ATypI conference 

From hot-metal to digital type: the type design process for world scripts (October 2012)

Co-curated the exhibition (with Fiona Ross) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, as part of the ATypI conference

The exhibition subsequently travelled to: 

Guwahati, India (Typography Day, IIT Guwahati, February 2013)

Bangkok, Thailand (Granshan, Thailand Creative and Design Centre, July 2013)

Munich, Germany (Typographische Gesellschaft München, July 2014)

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