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Contemporary Multilingual Arabic and Latin Fonts

Arabic Type Anatomy & Typographic Terms

Since most documentation and references about the Arabic script stem from the calligraphic methodology, this article will tackle the problem of allocating typographic terms to Arabic type and typography.

بينما نجد معظم الوثائق والمراجع التي تتناول جذور الخط الطباعي العربي من ناحية المنهجية الطباعية، تعالج هذه المقالة مشاكل تحديد صفات الحرف والخط الطباعي العربي.

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29LT KAFF : AN ADEQUATE MULTILINGUAL TYPEFACE

29LT Kaff multilingual typeface in 8 weights (Thin, Ultra Light, Light, Regular, Medium, Bold and Black)
29LT Kaff multilingual typeface in 8 weights (Thin, Ultra Light, Light, Regular, Medium, Bold and Black)

29LT Kaff is a contemporary typeface family designed by Pascal Zoghbi of 29Letters (29LT) and Ian Party of Swiss Typefaces, in which the Arabic and Latin letterforms were created simultaneously. Its name is taken from an Arabic word meaning ‘adequate, sufficient, necessary and essential’. Kaff’s family of eight weights (Thin, Ultra Light, Light, Regular, Medium, Bold, Semi Bold and Black) is designed to be the suitable typeface that answers the need of designers and publishers in most of their typographic projects. Continue reading “29LT KAFF : AN ADEQUATE MULTILINGUAL TYPEFACE”

29LT Posters Designed by Reza Abedini

Reza Abedini designs vibrant posters with 29LT fonts
A Collaborative approach between a graphic designer and a type designer 

29LT multilingual typefaces were offered to the renowned Iranian graphic designer, Reza Abedini, for him to explore their potential and create compelling typographic posters.

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29LT Type Specimen

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29LT publishes it 1st type specimen showcasing an overview of its multilingual Arabic & Latin typefaces.

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2014 WINNERS : “HOROUF” BILINGUAL TYPE DESIGN COMPETITION

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HOROUF DESIGN COMPETITION Hosted by NUQAT and 29Letters

مسابقة حروف لتصميم الخطوط تقدّمها نقاط و٢٩ حرف


First annual edition, November 12, 2014

المسابقة السنوية الأولى,  12 نوفمبر 2014


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29LT Zeyn : A Graceful Multilingual Typeface

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29LT Zeyn is an elegant, contemporary Arabic and Latin typeface. Each weight contains 900-plus glyphs covering the Arabic, Persian, Urdu, and Western European languages. The Arabic set contains an extensive set of ligatures in addition to short and long stylistic sets to give the font an added elegant appeal and feel.

Zeyn «زين» is an Arabic word meaning beautiful, graceful, and elegant.

Arabic character set designed by Pascal Zoghbi from 29LT. Latin Character set designer by Ian Party from SwissTypefaces.

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GRAFFITI : Changing Worlds, Changing Language اللغة تتحول، العالم يتغير

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Graffiti: Changing Language, Changing Worlds اللغة تتحول، العالم يتغير

Designers: Pascal Zoghbi and DUAL

Mural Painting: DUAL

Wall Size: 10 feet x 156 feet

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29LT Makina : Multilingual Typewriter Typeface

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29LT Makina is a revival of an Arabic, Persian and Latin typewriter. “Makina” in Arabic means ‘machine’, which is inspired from the translation of a typewriter from English to Arabic. The type-family contains 3 weights (Light, Regular & Bold) with each containing ligatures, stylistic sets and contextual alternates. Continue reading “29LT Makina : Multilingual Typewriter Typeface”

29LT Arapix : Multilingual Pixel Font

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29LT Arapix is a 12 pixel high multilingual Latin-Arabic pixel font with incredible capabilities.
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29LT Azer : Multilingual Typeface

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Azer in Arabic means friendly, ready to assist and lend a hand. This multilingual typeface combines simple lines with careful detailing to create a serious but approachable look. Continue reading “29LT Azer : Multilingual Typeface”

UA Neo Fonts

Ha' Glyph in both UA Neo N & B
Ha’ Glyph in both UA Neo N & B

UA Neo B, originally known as UA Beiruti Modern, and UA Neo N, originally known as UA Neo-Nashki, belong to the first set of type revivals of Unified Arabic first introduced by Nasri Khattar in the 1950s. They belong to the Unified Arabic™ type system that contains a library of eight typefaces, including both print (detached) and cursive (connected) styles. After over 60 years, Mr. Khattar’s daughter, Camille, has entrusted 29Letters with the revival of her father’s fonts to keep them in line with his vision and design approach. Continue reading “UA Neo Fonts”

Walls of Freedom

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Help support Walls of Freedom project on Indiegogo.

Walls of Freedom is a two years research & documentation project about the street art of the Egyptian revolution.

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Nasri Khattar’s Typographic Journey

Nasri Khattar / Unified Arabic Type
Nasri Khattar / Unified Arabic Type

Last August in Beirut, I had the opportunity to meet with Camille Khattar Hedrick, the daughter of Nasri Khattar, the creator of a library of fonts based on Unified Arabic.

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29LT Massira Type Project

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29LT Massira is a simplified spontaneous handwriting set of fonts based on the casual writings of the Lebanese people and the Ruqaa Arabic calligraphic style. The type-family does not have weights but different styles based on different writing tools. The four styles are: PEN, TIPPEX, LIPSTICK and SPRAY.

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Mouneer Al Shaarani Workshop

I took part in the Arabic Calligraphy and Lettering workshop that was offered by the renowned Syrian Calligrapher Mouneer Al Shaarani at Art on 56th Gallery in Gemmayzeh, Beirut.
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Right To Left workshop with eps51

Alongside Ben Wittner and Sascha Thoma from eps51, I have giving a bilingual poster design workshop for design students at Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin KHB, in Berlin, Germany. The workshop was part of the Right to Left event that took place in Berlin all through November until December.
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Khatt Foundation Arabic Type Design Workshop Series 2012

Khajag Apelian and I were the last workshop leaders in the 4th phase of the Khatt Foundation Arabic Type Design Workshop Series 2012 that took place at Tashkeel, Dubai. You can read more about the workshop process and the leaders at the Khatt Foundation website.

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