TYPO London 2011 Places


Kutlu Çanlıoğlu


Kutlu Çanlıoğlu is Senior Creative Director for BBC World Service, a role where he is responsible for the user experience and design of 27 different language services, including those in Arabic, Russian, Mandarin, Hindi, Urdu, and Spanish.

He studied architecture and sociology at Istanbul's Mimar Sinan University before working as a graphic designer at the daily newspaper Radikal. He then joined EK Ltd, a studio specialising in editorial design, and worked with a wide range of print and digital projects for clients including the UN, Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, Goethe Institute, Unilever and Wyeth.

He moved to London to complete an MA in Typography at the London College of Printing where he gained recognition for exploring the relationship between type and punctuation in an innovative and ambitious interactive motion graphics piece.

At the BBC World Service he runs a team that designs news websites and mobile products across nine different scripts as well as the multi-lingual content management systems that drive them.

He is also responsible for info-graphics and data visualisation projects to support the 24/7 multi-lingual news coverage for diverse audiences around the world.

Kutlu is also the Typography Discipline Lead at the BBC, responsible for championing the role of craftsmanship around typography in the context of the BBC's new Global Experience Language.
Senior Creative Director
BBC World Service
Talk: Thursday 16:00 Logan Hall
BBC's Global Experience Language in 27 languages and 9 scripts
Kutlu Çanlıoğlu, Senior Creative Director at the BBC World Service will talk about the user experience and typographic challenges of translating the principles behind the BBC's new Global Experience Language (GEL) into the design of news services across 27 languages using 9 different scripts.

This work takes place against the backdrop of the less-than-perfect but now fast-evolving typographic environment of the web and Kutlu will talk about the practical solutions and strategies employed to meet these challenges.

Nassim is the first typeface used as an Arabic webfont on a major high-traffic site. Its use on the Arabic-script language websites of the BBC World Service prepared the ground for a new and enriched Arabic web typography. The development of this project entailed questions circling around typographic identities, script authenticity, technical constraints and the interplay of these factors. In implementing the Nassim webfonts for the BBC World Service, Titus Nemeth collaborated closely with the design team to address their requirements and built on a varied range of sources to inform design choices. This talk traces the process of these first steps in custom Arabic web typography, summarising the main challenges, solutions found and speculates about the way ahead.