An Update on Akuru Membership Survey

Akuru Collective has been an exceptional example of the inspiring work of volunteerism so far. During the past two and a half years, we have continued to create and collaborate for the love of letters. This indeed means we are now, more than just the ‘collective’ of people who, once in a while gathered around for some tea and type. Akuru Collective has expanded our positive impact in all corners of language, literacy, and letters of Sri Lanka.

Along this journey, our members have been with us through thick strokes and thin strokes. A few months ago we proposed an Akuru Collective Membership as official recognition for our members’ passion, dedication, and valuable contribution towards the research and development of typography in Sri Lanka.

In order to shape the best membership for our community, we sent out a survey. After an overwhelming number of responses and support, we have now concluded the survey and are starting on evaluating the results.

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The Akuru Manifesto

The words etched on the surface hold the power to make or break this world: ‘Akuru’ sees this power and looks to understand it better so that we may share it, use it and surmount it.

Akuru is a collective of people coming together to inspire interest in typography.

As incredibly powerful representations of languages and therefore cultures, all forms of typographic communications call for an elevated understanding and appreciation: Akuru stands for recognising this power and using it thoughtfully, responsibly and intelligently. Akuru is also an extension of the collective and individual responsibility felt by all its members for their ability to influence human communication, and their wish to use that power to partake in creating better tomorrows.

Akuru has a special interest in all languages of Sri Lanka and the region, particularly Sinhala, Tamil and Thaana typography, and looks to enrich their transition into the digital realm where new kinds of publications, readers and writers have taken the lead.

With this in mind, Akuru looks to openly share typographic culture, knowledge and resources as well as experiences and opinions, with colleagues, students and others who may be interested. The collective also influences the maintenance and promotion of typographic standards by collaborating with education institutes and businesses.

Akuru believes that possibilities for innovation in typography are far from being exhausted, and that rethinking its functions, psychological implications and aesthetics will bear serious impact on our civilisation෴

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අකුරු ප්‍රකාශනය

සමාජයක් ලෝකයක් ගොඩනගන්නටත් වෙනස් කරන්නටත් අකුරෙන් අකුර එක් කර තැනූ වචනවලට හැකිය. ඒ ශක්තිය බෙදා හදා ගන්නටත්, භාවිතා කරන්නටත්, පරතෙරට යන්නටත්, ගැඹුරු අවබෝධයක් සහ නිරන්තර විමසුමක් අවැසි බව ‘අකුරු’ විශ්වාසයයි.

අකුරු යනු අක්ෂර-රූපකරණය හා අක්ෂර පිලිබඳ උනන්දු පිරිසකගේ සාමූහිකයකි.

අකුරු සතු අසීමිත ප්‍රභවය හඳුනාගන්නටත් එම ශක්තීන් වඩා සැලකිල්ලෙන්, අවබෝධයෙන් සහ බුද්ධිමත්ව භාවිත කිරිම වෙනුවෙන් අකුරු සාමූහිකය පෙනී සිටී. මනුෂ්‍ය සන්නිවේදනය කෙරෙහි කළහැකි බලපෑම් කෙරෙහි වූ කේවල හා සාමූහික වගකීම පිළිබඳව අකුරු සාමාජියකත්වය සංවේදී ය. ඒ සංවේදීත්වයෙන් පැන නගින අදහස් හා ශක්තීන් සුභවාදී අනාගතයක් වෙනුවෙන් යෙදවීම සඳහා වන අප සාමාජියකත්වයේ දැක්ම හා මතවාදයන්හි දිගුවක් ලෙස අකුරු සාමූහිකය ක්‍රියා කරයි.

නව ඩිජිටල් මංපෙත් වල පලදරන නැවුම් අක්ෂර අත්දැකීම් කරා අපේ භාෂාවන් ගෙනයන්නටත්, සිංහල, දෙමල ඇතුළු ලාංකිකයන්ට උරුම භාෂාවන්හි රූපකරණය සහ යෙදවීම් ගැන අකුරු සාමූහිකය විශේෂ අවධානයක් යොමුකරයි.

මේ අරමුණු සාක්ෂාත් කරගැනීම උදෙසා අක්ෂර සහ අක්ෂර-රූපකරණයට සබැඳි සංස්කෘතීන්, දැනුම් හා සම්පත් සහ අත්දැකීම් හා අදහස්, විවෘතව සහ නිදහසේ බෙදගතහැකි ඉඩකඩ නිර්මාණයට අකුරු සමූහය කැප වේ. අකුරැ සාමූහිකය ඉහත සමූහ අරමුණු කෙරහි බලපවත්වන් සම්මුතීන් සහ ප්‍රමිතීන් පවත්වාගැනීමට අධ්‍යාපන ආයතන, වෙළඳ ප්‍රජාව, ශිෂ්‍ය ප්‍රජාව සමග ඇතිවන සහයෝගීතාවක් වේ.

අක්ෂර-රූපකරණයේ නව්‍යකරණය සඳහා ඇති ශක්‍යතාවන් අති මහත් බවත්, එහි කාර්යභාර්යයත්, මනෝමය භාවිතාවන් හා සෞන්දර්යාත්මක ගුණය නව චින්තනයක් ඔස්සේ මෙහෙයවීමෙන් මානව ශිෂ්ටාචාරයට සාධනීය බලපෑමක් කළ හැකි බවත් අකුරු සාමූහිකයේ විශ්වාසයයි෴

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அகுரு விஞ்ஞாபனம்

இந்த உலக சமூகங்களின் ஆக்கத்திற்கும் அழிவிற்கும் காரணமான நிலையை உருவாக்கும் சக்தியை எழுத்தும், எழுத்துக்களால் உருவாகும் வசனங்களும் கொண்டிருக்கின்றன. அந்தச் சக்தியை ஆக்கபூர்வமான பகிர்தல், பாவித்தல், பொருள் அறிதல், விசாலப்படுத்திக் கொள்ளல் என்பவற்றின் மூலம் போசித்தல் பொருத்தமானதென “அகுரு” காண்கிறது.

“அகுரு” எனப்படுவது, எழுத்துக்கள் தொடர்பான ஆர்வத்தையும் உத்வேகத்தையும் வளர்த்தெடுக்க திடசங்கல்பம் பூண்டுள்ளவர்கள் பலரும் ஒன்று சேர்ந்த குழுமம் ஆகும்.

எழுத்துக்களின் நிகரற்ற சக்தியின் பலனை அடையாளங் காண்பதுவும், அதனை புத்திசாதுர்யத்துடன் பாவிக்கின்ற நிலைகளை உறுதிப்படுத்தவும் ஊக்கப்படுத்தவும், “அகுரு” தன்னை அர்ப்பணிக்கின்றது. மனித தொடர்பாடல் நிலைகளில் ஆதிக்கம் செலுத்துகின்ற ஒரு பொறிமுறையாக, இந்தக் குழுமத்தின் செயற்பாடுகள் தொடரும். இந்தத் தொடர்பாடல் நிலைகளில் தோன்றும் எண்ணங்களின் விரிவாக்க நிலைகள் வாயிலாக புதியதோர் வளமான எதிர்காலத்தை உருவாக்குதை, “அகுரு” தனது உயிரோட்டமான செயல்வடிவமாகக் கொண்டுள்ளது.

டிஜிட்டல் நிலை வெகுவாகப் பரந்துள்ள காலப்பகுதியிலும், எமது மொழிகள் குறிப்பாக, சிங்களம் மற்றும் தமிழ் ஆகியன தமது இருப்பை நவீனமான நூல்கள், பதிப்புக்ள, எழுத்தாளர்கள் மற்றும் வாசகர்கள் ஆகிய நிலைகளில் தக்கவைத்துக் கொள்வதற்கான வாய்ப்புக்களை உருவாக்குவதிலும், “அகுரு” அதன் அவதானத்தை செலுத்தும்.

இந்த விடயங்களை மனதிற்கொண்டு, எழுத்தழகியல் மற்றும் எழுத்துருவியல் தொடர்பான அனைத்து நிலை அறிவார்ந்த நிலைகள், அதன் கலாசாரம், அனுபவம் ஆகியவற்றை கட்டற்ற வகையில் பகிர்ந்து கொள்ளவும் “அகுரு” திடசங்கல்பம் பூண்டுள்ளது. அதேபோன்று, எழுத்துருவாக்க நிலைகளில் தரத்தை உச்ச நிலையில் தக்கவைப்பதற்காக கலாசாலைகள் மற்றும் வணிகத் தாபனங்களோடு இணைந்து பணியாற்றி, எழுத்துருவியல் நிலைகளின் தரத்தை “அகுரு” உறுதிசெய்யவும் முன்னிற்கும்.

எழுத்துருக்களின் தோற்றவமைப்புக்களின் நவீனமயமாக்கத்திற்கான வழி என்பது மிக விசாலமானதாக இருப்பதை “அகுரு” இனங்காண்கிறது. இதன் நிமித்தம், இந்த உச்ச சக்தி நிலைகளைக் கொண்டு, எமது நாகரீகத்தின் தொழிற்பாடு, உளவியல் சார் ஏற்பாடுகள் மற்றும் அழகியல் நிலைகளில் அற்புதமான செல்வாக்கைச் செலுத்த முடியுமெனவும் குழுமம் நம்புகிறது෴

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Patrons and Supporters

Mooniak: Is a type and graphic design studio. Mooniak incubated and supported the Akuru Collective in it’s initial stage.

Sense Imagery: Our friends over at Sense Imagery has been covering our events and making fantastic videos of our workshops and ColomboType events from the day one. They also covered Akurucon 2018 and was the video documentation partners for ATypI Working Seminar Colombo.

Magic Monkeys Ceylon crew has been making animations for all our event videos. They covered our events including AkuruCon

Leafycode made the Akurucon 2018 website, did development work on the Fontlet app and sponsored for a ColomboType event. They made a few more type and font related tools for us as well.

HostGrid is providing web hosting services for Akuru Collective.

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