Rathna Ramanathan is a graphic designer whose practice is situated around and inspired by the contexts of culture, language, typography and publishing.
Based in London, UK and in Chennai, India, Rathna creates, teaches and writes about graphic design and typography. Her work has a strong publishing focus though she has been known to work on roadshows and exhibitions when unique and interesting opportunities offer themselves.
She runs her own studio minus9 and has a PhD in the History and Theory of Typography and Graphic Communication from the University of Reading. Rathna has taught at institutions both in India and in the UK including Srishti School of Art and Design, National Institute of Design, London College of Communication, and Central Saint Martins. She is the Head of Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, London where she also co-leads the Experimental Type Research Network.
Rathna’s work with Tara Books has received a number of international awards and is a part of the exciting project that is the Murty Classical Library of India. Rathna is the ATypI Delegate for India and advises on the design of Indic typefaces.
For an informal summation of Rathna’s practice, make yourself a cup of coffee and listen to her Typeradio interviews. Or if you’d prefer to chat in person, do get in touch.