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dc.contributor.advisor Manawadu S
dc.contributor.advisor Dalvi G
dc.contributor.advisor Arangala R
dc.contributor.author Samarawickrama SSMR
dc.date.accessioned 2017
dc.date.available 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://dl.lib.mrt.ac.lk/handle/123/12750
dc.description.abstract This thesis is an epistemological study, which presents various knowledge-building activities for Sinhala typography. Initially, it presents a historical analysis on Sinhala typefaces and the morphological characteristics of letters. These characteristics articulate the anatomy of Sinhala. The historical outline on the Sinhala letters and typefaces are discussed in relation to the introduction of the printing press and various technological developments. Using this a chronological timeline of Sinhala typefaces was developed. Followed by gaps in the current typographic knowledge, and its limitations are analyzed and discussed. The core contribution of this thesis is a comprehensive study on the anatomy of Sinhala based on distinct visual properties of each letter. We report how these visual properties are manifested in typefaces from 1737 CE to 2013 CE. These visual properties are also compared with existing typographic knowledge systems from scripts around the world. We suggests 59 (sub categorized into 19) visual properties distinct to the Sinhala letter. We believe that our research on the morphological characteristics (visual properties, referencing lines, grid and vocabulary) that defines the anatomy of Sinhala fill up the existing knowledge gap in Sinhala Typography. The thesis reveals that the existing typefaces were developed intuitively by designers or copied, adapted to overcome technological changes. It also speaks of an absence of formal knowledge on Sinhala typography, more specific to typefaces design. As a result, the number of typefaces designed today (considered as original typeface designs) is lesser than of what was found prior to the introduction of digital (Sinhala) typefaces used as body text. The thesis primarily contributes knowledge towards building a theoretical framework for Sinhala anatomy, it also contributes knowledge to type design process, typographic pedagogy, typographic history, and methodology that can be adopted by other scripts to define the anatomy and to analyze typefaces. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Type Anatomy, Typeface, Sinhala Typography, Letterform and Sinhala letter en_US
dc.title The Anatomy and historical development of Sinhala typefaces en_US
dc.type Thesis-Full-text en_US
dc.identifier.faculty Architecture en_US
dc.identifier.degree Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of Architecture en_US
dc.date.accept 2016-10
dc.identifier.accno TH3314 en_US


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