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Fonts for Berber

[Ornamental letter from World Font by Yusuf Algan (2012)]

Luc Devroye
McGill University
Montreal, Canada
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45 Coated

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]  ⦿

Agraw Imazighen

Berber association located in Ibrir. Creators of the dingbat face Amazigh Motifs (2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexander Lange

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]  ⦿

Alphabet berbere

Berber font (Tifinagh) by Arezki Buzefran, 1995. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free Berber fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free Amazigh truetype fonts Tifina (Djamel Bouaziz, 1993), Amazigh Algerian (URW, 1993), AATIM (4 weights). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caroline Aufort

Paris-based creator of Tifinagh (2011), a modular Latin face based on letters from the Touareg alphabet. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Johnson

Designer at the Open Font Library of Triad Postnaya (2013, an old Church Slavonic face 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:

  • Armenian (serif) (U+0530-U+058F)
  • Cherokee (U+13A0-U+13FF)
  • Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics (U+1400-U+167F)
  • UCAS Extended (U+18B0-U+18F5)
  • Kayah Li (U+A900-U+A92F)
  • Tifinagh (U+2D30-U+2D7F)
  • Vai (U+A500-U+A62B)
  • Latin Extended-D (Mayanist letters) (U+A720-U+A7FF)
  • Osmanya (U+10480-U+104a7)

Klingspor link. Fontspace link. Dafont link. Kernest link. Fontsquirrel link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

DejaVu Fonts
[Stepan Roh]

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.

Alternate download site. Wiki page with download information.

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Denis Roegel
[LaTeX Navigator]

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Fontes Amazighs

About 30 free Berber fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Spanish language site for various non-Latin language fonts. A sampling: Afus Deg Wfus 2 (for Berber), AlKatib1 (2001, an Arabic face by Naseem Amjad), Albanian, Alice_0 (Lao face by by Ngakham Southichack), LAOMAY_5 CHAREUNSILP (Lao face by by Soupasith Bouahom), Arial AMU (1999, Armenian face 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 face 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 face by BYTEC Computers and Massis Graphics), HONGKAD (1994, a family by Dr. Hongkad Souvannavong), IsmarBold, IsmarLight, Lakshmi, X000000A (1994, a lao face by Sith Bouahom), LAOMAY_2-CHAREUNSILP, Alice3Medium, Alice0Medium, Langagedessignes (1998, by Philippe and François Blondel), NorKirk (1997, a great Armenian face 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 face by Libor Sztemon), GreatMoravia (2001 Libor Sztemon, Czechia), Johaansi-ye-Peyravi (2001, a full accent blackletter face by Libor Sztemon, Czechia), TimesNREuskaraEuransiEsperanto (2001, Libor Sztemon). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Quebec-based designers of the free Berber and Touareg faces HapaxBerbre, HapaxMusique, HapaxTouareg, HapaxTouaregDàG (2005). [Google] [More]  ⦿

IRCAM: Institut Royal de la Culture Amazighe

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]  ⦿

Jeroen Hellingman

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]  ⦿

Laser Tifinagh

expensive commercial Berber font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

LaTeX Navigator
[Denis Roegel]

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:

  • METAFONT for Beginners (Geoffrey Tobin)
  • The METAFONT book (TeX source) (Donald E. Knuth)
  • How to Create Your Own Symbols in METAFONT and for use in LaTeX Documents (Richard Lin)
  • Milieu -- METAFONT and Linux: A Personal Computing Milieu (Thomas Dunbar)
  • Simple drawings with METAFONT (Zdenek Wagner)
  • Some METAFONT Techniques (article from TUGboat, 10 pages) (Yannis Haralambous)
  • List of all available Metafont fonts
  • Liam Quin's Metafont Guide (last version)
  • MetaFog: Converting METAFONT Shapes to Contours (Richard J. Kinch)
  • METAFONT source
  • Design of a new font family (slides) (Gerd Neugebauer) (1996)
  • PERL Module for reading .tfm files (Jan Pazdziora) (1997)
  • fig2mf (UNIX manual) (Anthony Starks)
  • bm2font (Friedhelm Sowa)
  • Essay on math symbols by Paul Taylor
  • drgen genealogical symbol font by Denis Roegel, 1996
  • Chess fonts
  • The Marvosym Font Package (Martin Vogels)
  • Eurosymbol, another font for the euro symbol
  • Lots of stuff on virtual fonts
  • P. Damian Cugley's Malvern (Greek) font
  • Yannis Haralambous's Omega project
  • DC and EC fonts by Joerg Knappen
  • Technical notes on Postscript fonts, and Postscript fonts in TEX
  • Computer Modern type 1 fonts
  • Articles on computer typography by Sebastian Rahtz, Aarno Hohti&Okko Kanerva, Richard J. Kinch, Basil K. Malyshev, Hirotsugu Kakugawa, Karl Berry, Victor Eijkhout, Vincent Zoonekynd, Tom Scavo, David Wright, Erik-Jan Vens, and Nelson H. F. Beebe.
  • Articles on mathematical symbol fonts
  • Links to essential pages for Cyrillic, Japanese, Berber, Khmer, Chinese, Korean, Greek, Indic, Syriac, Hebrew, Hieroglyphic, Tibetan, Mongolian, African fc
At FontStruct, he created Sixer (a pixel face) and Smallish (bold unicase). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Madghis Madi

Madghis Madi (Ottawa, Ontario) created the Tifinagh family (for Berber / Tamazight) of typefaces in 2013. It includes styles called Thai, Tibaten, Shakspeer, Safari, Slim, Sanskrit, Handwriting and Kufi. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Madghis Madi

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.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Monde Berbère

Berber fonts by the association Afus deg Wfus, located in Roubaix, France. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mouvement culturel Berbère

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]  ⦿

Patrick Andries

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
[Qui Résiste]

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Qui Résiste
[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]  ⦿

Richard Mitchell

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).

Font Squirrel link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[45 Coated]

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Stepan Roh
[DejaVu Fonts]

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Tankra Tamazight

Dead link. Berber font links. And fonts such as Afus Deg Wfus by Solidarite Espace culturel berbère europeen. And tens of other Berber fonts (truetype). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Titlit's Galaxy

Berber fonts. Can only access this page if you allow cookies. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tout pour Tamazight

Berber fonts AfusDegWfus1, AfusDegWfus2, Amazigh-Times-New-Roman. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Umbreon 126

Tamagotchi, or Umbreon 126, made several fonts with the aid of FontStruct in 2012 and 2013. These include pixel faces (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 face FS Semioriginal covers Hiragana, Katakana, Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Bopomofo, Georgian, Greek, and Cyrillic. The 2000+ glyph pixel face 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]  ⦿

Un système TeX Berbère

Article by Yannis Haralambous on typesetting Berber in TeX. It includes some description of METAFONT fonts made by him: tifi, tifis, tifisb, tifib. [Google] [More]  ⦿