Professor Raghunath K. Joshi (1936–2008): calligrapher, designer, poet, researcher and teacher. After a meritorious 30 year career in the mass communication industry, Prof. Joshi spent 15 years teaching design courses IDC/IIT in Mumbai. He later served as a visiting design specialist at the Centre for Developed of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) in Mumbai. Prof. Joshi helped develop font design software, Indian language word processing packages and designed series of Indic fonts for Microsoft Windows and Linux. He organized exhibitions, workshops and seminars on various aspects of Indian letterforms and exhibited his calligraphic works at educational Institutes and public places. He also wrote poems, staged multilingual happenings, planned multilingual communication campaigns and undertook the first ever calligraphic research in Indian manuscripts and epigraphic writings. Prof. Joshi spoke on Indian design, calligraphy, type design, compugraphy for ATypI, TDC, Icograda and other organizations. He received numerous awards including the CAG Hall of Fame (1992) and the Ad Club Distinguished Achievement Award (2004). For the past couple of years, Prof. Joshi has shared the duties of ATypI country delegate for India with Rathna Ramanathan. Prof. R K Joshi passed away in San Francisco on February 5th, 2008, at the age of 72.
Some interesting links about Prof R. K. Joshi:
1. Ani Tithech Mrutyu - Prof G.V. Sreekumar