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For the past two and a half months I have been developing my first, cursive Arabic (and a Latin) typeface.


Normally, type designers tend to raise the Arabic characters upto the Latin x-height - which in my view distorts the letterforms from their true, cursive, fluid and diversified beauty. I understand the reason behind this though - it is to harmonise two alien scripts - and more often than not - it is the Latin script which was developed first and so the Arabic must follow suit.


As such, on this occasion, I began with the Arabic - and in doing so retained all its' calligraphic character without the calligraphic embellishments. It is essentially a monoline font - clean cut and simple - with minor but very necessary modulation (mostly on terminal endings) - which makes it perfect for use as a contemporary, Modernistic typeface.


The Arabic featured here has a fluid beauty to it resonant and respectful to the centuries of character development and handwriting systems developed through the many lifetimes of Master Khattats (calligraphers) around the world.


I am currently in the process of developing a matching Latin with the help of Swiss typographer, Bruno Maag, and his associates at the infamous type house, Dalton Maag, in London.


More will be revealed very soon :)

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Taken on October 21, 2008