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Fonts for Berber/Tifinagh/Tamazight
45 coated is a studio of Shadday d.S.C, a Spanish freelance graphic designer based in Las Palmas on the Canary Islands. Creator of Lybkana (2012), a typeface that is based on a petroglyph found in the Canary Islands. The paintings and engravings belonged to a pre-Hispanic period (known as Guanche). The signs are in a defunct language called Libyan-Berber, which was spoken from the Canary Islands to Egypt. [Google] [More] ⦿
Akatab (2020) is a free Unicode font for rendering Tifinagh characters in the Tamahaq and Tamashek languages. Developed by SIL, Akatab ("writing") is designed to reflect a handwriting style and even the writing in sand effect. SIL writes: Historically this writing system has been written in both right-to-left and left-to-right orientations. Akatab has the necessary characters and features to write in both directions. This font uses state-of-the-art OpenType and Graphite font technologies to provide accurate typography including the formation of bi-consonant ligatures. [Google] [More] ⦿
Karlsruhe-based software developer. Creator of the large (and free) Unicode font Quivira (2005). It covers mathematics, chess, astrological symbols, arrows, fists, Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew, Armenian, Georgian, Tifinagh, Coptic, emoticons, Vai, and Braille, to name just a few ranges. Alexander graduated in computer science at the Hochschule Mannheim University of Applied Sciences (degree: Diplom-Informatiker (UAS)). [Google] [More] ⦿
Andreu Balius Planelles
Juan Luis Blanco is a graphic designer, type designer and calligrapher based in Zumaia in the heart of the Basque country. Since 1993, he works as a freelancer graphic designer. In 2013, he obtained an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading. Currently he combines calligraphy classes and graphic design with typographic projects that focus on Basque lettering as well as multi script typefaces involving the Latin, Arabic and Tifinagh alphabets.
For his graduation work in the Masters of Type Design program of the University of Reading, Juan Luis Blanco (Spain) created the Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Tifinagh, Arabic typeface family Amaikha (2014). Amaikha is characterized by Latin warmth and roundness.
A list of his typefaces:
Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw on A Typographic Maghribi Trialogue. In this talk, he explains, together with Laura Meseguer and Krystian Sarkis, the Typographic Matchmaking in the Maghrib project of the Khatt Foundation, which tries to facilitate a cultural trialogue as well as shed a typographic spotlight on the largely ignored region of the Maghreb in terms of writing and design traditions. The specific goal of the collaboration is the research and development of tri-script font families (for Latin, Arabic and Tifinagh) that can communicate harmoniously. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Paris-based creator of Tifinagh (2011), a modular Latin typeface based on letters from the Touareg alphabet. She co-runs Acmé-Paris, a design studio in Paris, with Élodie Mandray. Creators of the heavy monoline sans typeface Acmé (2013), the titling sans typeface Le Creux (2013), and the stitching font Canevas (2013). [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer at the Open Font Library of Triad Postnaya (2013, an old Church Slavonic typeface and its Latin simulation twin), Stanislav Caps (2013), Pacaya (2013, a medium-weight sans), Jura (2011, in the style of Eurostile), Didact Gothic (2010, a simple and readable sans i in the form most often used in elementary classrooms), Judson (2010, designed for African literacy), Megrim (2010, a monoline drawing table sans), Aguardiente (2010, heavy sans), Deka (2010, a monospace font designed for very small display sizes), Rahel (2009, Hebrew), Sacco-Vanzetti (2009, sans), Travelogue (2008), Grana Padano (2010), Pfennig (2010, an extensive humanist sans family) and Jura (2009, sans family with support for Burmese, Cyrillic and Greek).
Johnson explains: Jura is a family of sans-serif fonts in the Eurostile vein. It was originally inspired by some work I was doing for the FreeFont project in designing a Kayah Li range for FreeMono. (Kayah Li is a language used by a minority people group in Burma. Because the Burmese government suppresses the teaching of minority scripts, the Kayah Li script is taught only in schools in refugee camps in Thailand.) I wanted to create a Roman alphabet using the same kinds of strokes and curves as the Kayah Li glyphs, and thus Jura was born.
Triod Postnaja (2010) attempts to mimic the typefaces used to publish Old Church Slavonic service books prior to the 20th century. It also provides a range of Latin letters in the same style.
He contributed to the GNU Freefont project. In particular, he created by hand a Cherokee range specially for FreeFont to be "in line with the classic Cherokee typefaces used in 19th century printing", but also to fit well with ranges previously in FreeFont. Then he made Unified Canadian Syllabics in Sans, and a Cherokee and Kayah Li in Mono. And never to be outdone by himself, then he did UCAS Extended and Osmanya. His GNU Freefont ranges:
The DejaVu fonts form an open source font family based on the Bitstream Vera Fonts. Free download. Its purpose is to provide a wider range of characters (see Current status page for more information) while maintaining the original look and feel through the process of collaborative development. Included are DejaVuSans-Bold, DejaVuSans-BoldOblique, DejaVuSans-Oblique, DejaVuSans, DejaVuSansCondensed-Bold, DejaVuSansCondensed-BoldOblique, DejaVuSansCondensed-Oblique, DejaVuSansCondensed, DejaVuSansMono-Bold, DejaVuSansMono-BoldOb, DejaVuSansMono-Oblique, DejaVuSansMono-Roman, DejaVuSerif-Bold, DejaVuSerif-BoldOblique, DejaVuSerif-Oblique, DejaVuSerif-Roman, DejaVuSerifCondensed-Bold, DejaVuSerifCondensed-BoldOblique, DejaVuSerifCondensed-Oblique, DejaVuSerifCondensed.
Authors and contributors comprise Adrian Schroeter, Ben Laenen, Dafydd Harries, Danilo Segan (Cyrillic), David Jez, David Lawrence Ramsey, Denis Jacquerye, Dwayne Bailey, James Cloos, James Crippen, Keenan Pepper, Mashrab Kuvatov, Misu Moldovan (Romanian), Ognyan Kulev, Ondrej Koala Vacha, Peter Cernák, Sander Vesik, Stepán Roh (project manager; Polish), Tavmjong Bah, Valentin Stoykov, and Vasek Stodulka. The idea is to eventually cover most of unicode. Currently, this is covered: Latin (+supplement, extended A and part of extended B), IPA, Greek, Coptic, Cyrillic, Georgian, Armenian, Hebrew, N'ko, Tifinagh, Lao, Canadian aboriginal syllabics, Ogham, Arabic, math symbols, arrows, Braille, chess, and many dingbats.
Spanish language site for various non-Latin language fonts. A sampling: Afus Deg Wfus 2 (for Berber), AlKatib1 (2001, an Arabic typeface by Naseem Amjad), Albanian, Alice_0 (Lao typeface by by Ngakham Southichack), LAOMAY_5 CHAREUNSILP (Lao typeface by by Soupasith Bouahom), Arial AMU (1999, Armenian typeface by Ruben Tarumian), BaltFrutigerLight, BaltHelveticaMedium, BaltNewCenturySchoolbookMedium, BaltOptimaMedium, BaltTiffanyMedium, BaltUniversityMedium, CarloAtor (1997, Arabic family by Timm Erickson, Summer Institute of Linguistics), Caligraf-W, Ciula (1996, a Romanian typeface by Paul Hodor), Cursiv (Romanian), AnlongvillKhek, GabrialAtor (another Arab family by Timm Erickson), Gin, Greek (1993, by Peter J. Gentry&Andrew M. Fountain), HandSign (1993, Sam Wang), HFMassisShantNUnicode (1990-1994, an Armenian unicode typeface by BYTEC Computers and Massis Graphics), HONGKAD (1994, a family by Dr. Hongkad Souvannavong), IsmarBold, IsmarLight, Lakshmi, X000000A (1994, a lao typeface by Sith Bouahom), LAOMAY_2-CHAREUNSILP, Alice3Medium, Alice0Medium, Langagedessignes (1998, by Philippe and François Blondel), NorKirk (1997, a great Armenian typeface by Ruben Tarumian), NovaTempo (for Esperanto), Pazmaveb (for Armenian), ILPRumanianB100 (1996, by Charles J. Coker), Saysettha-Lao, Saysettha-LaoBold, SenzorgaAnhok, Timok, Tribuno, Turn-W, TimesUnicode, ArialAMU, PoliceTypeAPI (for Armenian), Cieszyn-Regular, PoojaNormal, Shibolet (1995, Hebrew), Shree-Ass-0552 (2000, by Modular InfoTech), Tudor-Semi-Lite, Webdunia, TimesNRCzech, TNRLiboriusVII (2001, a fully accented Times typeface by Libor Sztemon), GreatMoravia (2001 Libor Sztemon, Czechia), Johaansi-ye-Peyravi (2001, a full accent blackletter typeface by Libor Sztemon, Czechia), TimesNREuskaraEuransiEsperanto (2001, Libor Sztemon). [Google] [More] ⦿
Rabat-based institute with many free Amazigh and Tifinagh fonts dated 2004-2006: Hapax-Berbère, Tamalout-Nouffouss, Tamalout-Noufouss-UNICODE, Tamalout-Standard, Tamalout-Standard-UNICODE, Tamalut-asqqul, Tamalut-nufus, Tamzwart-asqqul, Tamzwart-nufus, Tamzwart-Nouffouss, Tamzwart-Noufouss-UNICODE, Tamzwart-Standard, Tamzwart-Standard-UNICODE, Tassafout-Nouffouss, Tassafout-Noufouss-UNICODE, Tassafout-Standard, Tassafout-Standard-UNICODE, Tassafut-asqqul, Tassafut-nufus, Tazdayt-asqqul, Tazdayt-nufus, Tazdayt-Nouffouss, Tazdayt-Standard, Teddus-asqqul, Teddus-nufus, Teddus-Nouffouss, Teddus-Noufouss-UNICODE, Teddus-Standard, Teddus-Standard-UNICODE, Tifinaghe-IRCAM, Tifinaghe-IRCAM-Aggoug, Tifinaghe--IRCAM-Izuren, Tifinaghe-IRCAMprime, Tifinaghe-Ircam2, Tifinaghe-Ircam-Unicode, Tifinaghe-Ircam-Unicode, Tifinaghe-Izuren-IRCAM, Tifinaghe-Tazdayt-Nouffouss-UNICODE, Tifinaghe-Tazdayt-Standard-UNICODE, Tifinaghe-Tazirit, Tifinaghe-ircam3D, Tifinaghe-ircamTissnat-irrumin, Tifinaghe-Ircam-taromit, Tifinaghe-Tazirit-UNICODE. Unicode versions. [Google] [More] ⦿
Dutch creator of an Oriya metafont (1996-1998). From the same source, Malayalam PostScript and TrueType fonts, and Tamazight (Berber) PostScript and TrueType fonts. He also created Malayalam metafonts in 1994 (and subsequently Malayalam PostScript and TrueType fonts), a Unicode Shapes font (TeX, PostScript, TrueType), and Tamazight (Berber) PostScript and TrueType fonts. Home page. Metafonts can be found here and here. His Malayalam fonts were created as uniform stroke only, while Oriya metafonts exist in both uniform and modulated stroke. Jeroen says: It is my intention to release the fonts under GPL, but not all copies around have this notice on them. The GNU Freefont project included his fonts for the ranges of Oriya (U+0B00-U+0B7F) and Malayalam (U+0D00-U+0D7F). Subsequently, the GNU Freefont project dropped all contributions and support for Oriya. [Google] [More] ⦿
Juan Luis Blanco
General links on typography and fonts, compiled by Denis Roegel (with earlier contributions by Karl Tombre who is no longer involved). Very, very useful. This page contains, among other things:
Ottawa-based designer of the Berber fonts Tifinagh Typewriter (2014), aarrawki (2014, for the magazine Armat), Chalk Font (2014) and Square Font (2014). One can download all his Tifinagh fonts, which were designed between 2011 and 2014, here: Amazigh-Motifs1, TifinaghAmghsdaTunnt-Cur, TifinaghAmghsdas-Regular, TifinaghAmnaFont, TifinaghKabaw-Amna, TifinaghKabaw-Brga, TifinaghKabaw-Hatamalbroni, TifinaghKabaw-Hosamalhjaj, TifinaghKabaw-Jomasda, TifinaghKabaw-Mnad, TifinaghKabaw-RmdanDamja, TifinaghKabaw-SaidSifaw, TifinaghKabaw-Tanes, TifinaghKabaw-Teddus, TifinaghTawaltAarawki-Regular, TifinaghTawaltAghanim-Regular, TifinaghTawaltAmaynu-Regular, TifinaghTawaltAmckan-Regular, TifinaghTawaltAmzruy-Regular, TifinaghTawaltAnndh-Regular, TifinaghTawaltArmat-Regular, TifinaghTawaltAsdad-Regular, TifinaghTawaltAsma-Regular, TifinaghTawaltAtrar-Regular, TifinaghTawaltAzuwar-Regular, TifinaghTawaltAzwil-Regular, TifinaghTawaltAzzgrar-Bold, TifinaghTawaltAzzgrar-ExtBd, TifinaghTawaltAzzgrar-SemBd, TifinaghTawaltAzzgrar-SmBdIt, TifinaghTawaltCool-Italic, TifinaghTawaltCool-Regular, TifinaghTawaltImkni-Italic, TifinaghTawaltImkni-Regular, TifinaghTawaltTajddigt-Reg, TifinaghTawaltTajkurt-Regular, TifinaghTawaltTakerdat-Reg, TifinaghTawaltTallunt, TifinaghTawaltTamrrayt-Reg, TifinaghTawaltTarrawt-Regular, TifinaghTawaltTassiwet-Reg, TifinaghTawaltTighmar-Regular, TifinaghTawaltTighmert-Reg, TifinaghTawaltTunnet-Regular, TifinaghTawaltawrm-Bold, TifinaghTawaltawrm-ExtraBold, TifinaghTawaltawrm-Normal, TifinaghTawaltawrm-SemiBold, TifinaghTawaltimcm-Regular, TifinaghTwaltAghezzif-Regular, TifnaghTawaltAmattay-Bold, TifnaghTawaltAmattay-Italic.
French site with Tifinagh (Berber) derived fonts: Amazigh-Algerian Amazigh-AuntJudy, Amazigh-Civitype, Amazigh-GoodCityModern, Amazigh-GraphicLight, Amazigh-Treacyfaces, Amazigh-Arial-Bold-Italic, Amazigh-Arial-Bold, Amazigh-Arial-Italic, Amazigh-Arial, Amazigh-Courier-New-Italic, Amazigh-Arial-Rounded-MT-Bold, Amazigh-Book-Antiqua, Amazigh-Bookman-Old-Style-Bold, Amazigh-Braggadocio, Amazigh-Britannic-Bold, Amazigh-Brush-Script-MT-Italic, Amazigh-Century-Gothic, Amazigh-Colonna-MT, Amazigh-Desdemona, Amazigh-Footlight-MT-Light, Amazigh-Impact, Amazigh-Kino-MT, Amazigh-Wide-Latin, Amazigh-Matura-MT-Script-Capitals, Amazigh-Monotype-Corsiva, Amazigh-Times-New-Roman-Bold-Italic, Amazigh-Times-New-Roman-Bold, Amazigh-Times-New-Roman-Italic, Amazigh-Times-New-Roman, Amazigh-tifinagh-Masensen, Amazigh-tifinagh-Yugurten. [Google] [More] ⦿
Quebec-based computer scientist who has been involved in the multilingual and Unicode world. He was one of the authors of a proposal adding Tifinagh to Unicode. He is currently working with people in France and Niger on the development of OpenType fonts to support Tuareg. He is also involved in other African scripts such as Moroccan and Sahelian Arabic and a recent script from the Congo (Mandombe). [Google] [More] ⦿
Pierre di Sciullo
Pierre di Sciullo (b. 1962) is the award-winning Parisian designer of FF Flèches and Minimum. At FUSE17 (1997), he published SpellMe. Creative Alliance designer of Gararond. In 2000, he started QuiRésiste. Bio at FontFont. In FUSE 5, he created the experimental font ScratchedOut. There is also a free pixel family called Aligourane for the Tuaregs (in their national writing system, Tifinagh). Commercial pixel families: Zèbre, Minimum serifs, 3 par 3, and Minus. He also made a medieval-futuristic font Nicolas2000 (nice!), several experimental fonts such as Quantange, Syntetic, Basnoda, Miroir, Epelle-moi, Amanar (2009, runic), Kouije, Sintetik, Quantane, Paresseux, Sonia, and Spell me, as well as more traditional fonts such as Gararond, Gararond Lié, Gararaide, Garadico, Durmou, and destructionist fonts such as Découpé and Paris-Gretz. At Buildingletters, one can buy his Aligourane (1995) in these weights: Contour, Noir, Orner, Leger and Etroit, as well as Amanar (2003) in these weights: Condense, Decor, Demigras, Noir. [Google] [More] ⦿
Berber fonts. From Dar Al-Computer (1995): Amazigh Standard, AmazighEtenduPS, Amazigh-Sahafa, Amazigh-Sahafi, Amazigh Jarida. From Djamel Bouaziz, a rune font, Tifina (1993). From Monotype, TimesAmazighPS. [Google] [More] ⦿
Aka the "Undergrond Grammarian". Designer of Amazigh-GraphicLight (a Berber font), ThebGL (Greekish runes, 1994), Morelife, Landliebe (2001, a connected roughly outlined script), Scarlett (2007, a gorgeous Mexican party theme font), Graphic Light, and Light Painter (1994).
Tagmukay is a Shifinagh (also know as Tifinagh) script font with support for the Tawallammat Tamajaq language. It is a free Unicode font by SIL that features bi-consonant ligatures and alternate forms necessary to support this language. It has Graphite and OpenType tables that have the logic to support these features. Developed by Peter Martin. [Google] [More] ⦿
Catalan foundry headed by Andreu Balius. Some fonts sold through MyFonts:
Custom / bespoke typefaces include Carmen VS (for Victoria's Secret, New York), Ferrovial, Dsignes (a wayfinding sans), VLC (for Valencia Tourism Bureau), Lladro (sans), Forum.
Tamagotchi, or Umbreon 126, made several fonts with the aid of FontStruct in 2012 and 2013. These include pixel typefaces (FS Rebellion, FS Rept, FS Comic Mono, FS Flower Shop, FS 126 Serif), but also truly large workhorse typefaces. For example, FS 126 Sans (a pixel sans face) has 4871 characters and covers Nko, Lisu, Armenian, Tai Le, Ogham, Thaana, Georgian, Coptic, Kayah Li, Tifinagh, Samaritan, and Lao. The 3114 glyph pixel typeface FS Semioriginal covers Hiragana, Katakana, Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Bopomofo, Georgian, Greek, and Cyrillic. The 2000+ glyph pixel typeface FS Unoriginal covers Hiragana, Katakana, Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Bopomofo and Tifinagh. Other typefaces include FS Fat Piano, FS Typ Stencil (piano key face), FS Frakletter (blackletter) and FS Stupid Me (white on black typeface). [Google] [More] ⦿
During his studies in Marrakesh, Morocco, Yassine Ait-el-Mouden designed these Tifinagh fonts: Tifinagh Ayt Lmuddn Anfriwn, Tifinagh Ayt Lmuddn Dar Waman, Tifinagh Ayt Lmuddn Iziki, Tifinagh Ayt Lmuddn Ighsan, Tifinagh Ayt Lmuddn Jimmi, Tifinagh Ayt Lmuddn Mrym. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer and illustrator in Bonn, Germany. In 2012, he made a wonderful ornamental caps face, World Font, which illustrates 26 of the main scripts in the world today.