Arabic


The Arabic alphabet is the script used for writing several languages of Asia and Africa, such as Arabic and Urdu.

Books 2

A book about inspiring design achievements from the Arab world. Nasri Khattar,proposed Unified Arabic to make reading Arabic easier to learn.
A research project investigating new approaches for bilingual lettering in public space, proposing new bilingual typefaces for 3-D spaces.

Articles 4

Our daily lives are full of noise, but when we immerse ourselves in reading, it seems to disappear. But what if the shapes of the words we read also contain perceptible noise? Does it disrupt the reading process, or do we learn to filter it out?
Typeface stories · 25 September 2013 · English · 1592 words
Documentation and research that lead to design of Arabic newspaper typeface
Typeface stories · 21 March 2012 · English · 1436 words
This article presents the Diwani style of Arabic which lead to designing Thuraya, a contemporary yet faithful interpretation of the Diwani style with extensive calligraphic features.
Typeface stories · 9 May 2011 · English · 2033 words
Interview with the Dutch designer René Knip, specialising in three-dimensional typography and lettering. Part of the book 158 answers.
Interviews · 9 May 2011 · English · 2361 words

Blogs 4

November is a rational, utilitarian typeface inspired by street signage. Unlike most signage types it also handles long texts with ease.
12 September 2016
Harir is an arabic typeface created to explore elegance and high contrast in the script and it's the first typeface of it's kind to feature optical sizes.
25 September 2013
Greta Arabic is a modern Arabic newspaper typeface, carefully sculpted in the spirit of the Naskhi calligraphic style, the most legible and suitable Arabic style for running text. It is intended as a companion to Greta Text.
12 June 2012
Thuraya is a new Arabic display typeface, a contemporary interpretation of the complex Diwani style emphasising calligraphic features.
9 May 2011

Authors 4

Daniel Grumer has graduated from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, and received his Master of Design in Type and Media from the The Roy...
Type designer and kinetic graphic designer born in Tehran, Iran (1985). He holds a BA in Graphic Design with emphasis on Typography from University of...
Kristyan Sarkis (1985) was born in Beirut, Lebanon. He holds a BA in Graphic Design with an emphasis on Moving Images and Typography, and a Master of ...
Was born in Beirut in 1965. Author of Arabic Typography: a comprehensive sourcebook (Saqi Books, London, 2001), Experimental Arabic Type (Saatchi &...

Help 10

Back in 2007, a book Typographic matchmaking was published along with a CD with free beta versions of fonts produced for the projects. THe CD included early version of Fedra Arabic, however the fonts were not yet vocalised with dynamic mark positioning in fonts.
Adobe CS4 and CS5 officially doesn't support Arabic. Instead, there is a separate ME version (Middle Eastern) which supports left-to-right languages.
Some old text documents working with Arabic or Indic languages use 8-bit encoding, which required to use proprietary fonts. Such fonts can only use 256 glyphs, which is not sufficient for correct rendering of Devanagari (or other 10 Indic writing scripts).
Typotheque designs and develops Unicode-compliant fonts. Below are some instructions for using Unicode fonts to set Devanagari texts.
QuarkXPress® requires AXt fonts and Layout Ltd’s ArabicXT™ extension for setting Arabic text. AXt fonts are non-Unicode fonts, using the ‘Mac Roman’ encoding; Arabic glyphs are substituted for the Roman glyphs, so for example ‘alef’ replaces capital letter G.

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Typotheque offers Multilingual Unicode Compliant Fonts in WGL4, and larger character sset supporting over 80 languages in standard Latin, Central European, Baltic, Turkish, Greek, Cyrillic, and Arabic encodings.