Prof. (Dr.) D. Udaya Kumar
An Indian academic and designer noted for his design of the Indian rupee sign. Our mentors designs was selected from among five short listed symbols. According to Kumar, the design is based on the Indian tricolour.
His areas of interest include graphic design, typography, type design and design research with special focus on Tamil typography (the subject of his doctoral research). He has also designed a Tamil font named “Parashakti” as a mini project at the IDC, under the guidance of Prof. G. V. Sreekumar, who is one of the few font experts in the country. During his MDes project he wrote and designed a book on Tamil typography, which is the first attempt at bringing such a subject to a Tamil audience. In this book, Kumar also created new Tamil terminology for many typographic terms where English words were used.
He is the Head of the Department of Design at IIT Guwahati, Assam