About

Hiran Venugopalan is a maker, product and type designer, and design mentor currently living in Bangalore, India. With over twelve years of experience in designing type, product, brand, and strategies, he uses design to solve problems integrating user needs, requirements of business success, and the possibilities of technology.

Hiran's design and tech career started in 2006 while playing a leadership role in reimagining and reactivating Swathanthra Malayalam Computing . Designing was something he volunteered as a contribution to FOSS Project, which soon became a freelancing option. A year later, he participated in the Google Summer of Code designing the first Decorative Unicode Malayalam typeface.

In the first four years of his career, he envisioned and christened Saltmangotree, one of the first Indian digital marketing agencies and led the technology and design teams until acquisition by a French MNC. Since then, he is working as a Product Designer on tech products related to civic engagement, content publishing, and communication.

As side hustles, he co-created Malayaleegraphy, Chali Machine, initiated Kerala Designer Co, and designed a couple of fonts - Dyuthi (Malayalam/2008), Rufscript (Limited Latin/2009).

Being a self-learned designer, Hiran is passionate about sharing his knowledge and doesn't miss a chance to have interactions with other minds who are interested in design, technology, or business. Other interest includes reading, movies, and traveling.