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Zenab Bastawala

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

Dept. : Faculty, Graphic Design


Zenab is an award-winning typographer, type designer/speaker, educator, and sign collector. She takes a multi-script and multi-lingual approach while teaching typography and design; most recently, at Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology. At Srishti, she founded Thinking Letterforms, a letterpress print lab where she conducts typesetting studios and workshops which focus on typography theory, book typography, printed text and elaborate on printing techniques from hot metal to cold type.

As a sign collector, she curates Sign Walks, an online platform that critically examines urban signages, their particular contexts, history, and implications within the temporal shifts of cityscapes. Zenab lectures on typography, branding, book design, and graphic design nationally and internationally.

Zenab Bastawala holds an MA Degree in Typeface Design from the University of Reading, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communication Design from Swinburne University, Australia.

“Zenab, with her deep international experience and interest in diverse typographic systems, brings a valuable perspective to our community. Her enthusiasm for the field of design and her commitment to exploring the intersection of technology and visual communication coalesces perfectly with the college’s continuing growth in the areas of design and media. Her enthusiasm for the field and her love of design will be an inspiration to both our students and fellow faculty.” -- Ian Anderson, Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean of the College