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Type design in Egypt
FontStructor (perhaps Dana Ramond Kaikane Stoneman of Hockey Shark Productions) who made these fonts in 2011: Burlesque (Art deco), Tebacabi (squarish), Stretched Out, Winter Wind, Theory (texture face), Theory Improved, Elite (gridded), Continuum, Quilted Silk (squarish textured face), What (texture pixel face), Freaky (tall condensed square face), Jordan, Slob, Ertite (pixelish), Dictator (pixel face), Duh Pixels (pixel face), Ribbon, Twee, Best Love Song, Bolderic, Sliders, Slapshot, Sloppy Sketcher, Serifereal Vision, Pieramids. [Google] [More] ⦿
Abdo Fonts (was: Future Soft Egypt)
Abdulsamie Rajab Salem (nb. 1968), the founder of Abdo Fonts, published many typefaces from 1998 until 2000 under the name Future Soft. In 2000 he created these Arabic fonts: FS_Abdo, FS_Africa, FS_Ahram, FS_Alex, FS_Alex142, FS_Alex7471, FS_Arabic, FS_Bold, FS_Egypt, FS_Free, FS_Graphic, FS_India, FS_Japan (oriental simulation face), FS_Jet, FS_Lotas, FS_Metal, FS_Nice, FS_Old, FS_Point, FS_Rajab, FS_Rope, FS_Salem, FS_Shadow, FS_Wood. They can be downloaded here and here. Here we have FS_Africa, FS_Ahram, FS_Alex, FS_Arabic, FS_Black, FS_Bold, FS_Egypt, FS_Free, FS_Future, FS_Graphic, FS_India, FS_Japan, FS_Jet, FS_Lotas, FS_Metal, FS_Nice, FS_Old, FS_Pincel, FS_Point, FS_Rajab, FS_Rope, FS_Salem, FS_Shadow, FS_Strip, FS_Wood, all made in 2000. See also here. Other fonts by him include FS_Cairo, FS_Diwany, FS_Modern1, and FS_Modern2.
Based in Tanta, Egypt, he designed these typefaces at his own foundry, Abdo Fonts: Abdo Misr (2013: rounded Kufi / geometric style), Abdo Screen (2013), Abdo Naskh (2013), Abdo Rajab (2013, which grew out of FS Rajab, 1998-2000), Aldo Salem (2013, a revival of his own FSSalem, 1998-2000), Abdo Joody (2013) and Abdo Egypt (2013) Abdo Line (2012) is an elegant text typeface in a simple Naskh style, designed for books and magazines. See also Abdo Title (2013), Abdo Free (2013) and Abdo Logo (2013).
Typefaces from 2014: Abdo Master (+Outline).
Abdulsamie Rajab Salem
Cairo-based designer of the ornamental "hellish" typeface Okeanos (2014). She also designed Dexter (2014, a modular typeface created at FontStruct), during her studies at the German University of Cairo. [Google] [More] ⦿
American Philological Association
Association which published a free Greek Opentype font, KadmosU (2005). New Athena Unicode (2004-2010) is also free: New Athena Unicode is a freeware multilingual font distributed by the American Philological Association. It follows the latest version (5.1) of the Unicode standard and includes characters for English and Western European languages, polytonic Greek, Coptic, Old Italic, and Demotic Egyptian transliteration (and Arabic transliteration), as well as metrical symbols and other characters used by classical scholars. New Athena Unicode is a "smart font" that includes OpenType ligatures allowing the display of composed characters not recognized by Unicode but needed by scholars. I am not sure that I am right, but the Greekkeys pafge makes me believe that Donald Mastronarde (a Professor a UC Berkeley) of the American Philological Association is responsible for the creation and upkeep of New Athena Unicode. [Google] [More] ⦿
Amin Ebrahim Kamal
Small Egyptian theme archive, with Cartouche, Deities, Archaeological-Demo, Egypt0, LMSEgyptianBookends, Lotusflower, RK-Meroitic-(Hieroglyphics), RK-Meroitic-(Hieroglyphics), Meroitic---Hieroglyphics, Nahkt, Papyrus-Regular, RK-Sanskrit, ScarabBorder, Scarab, TempusSansITC. [Google] [More] ⦿
Arabian Company for Advanced Computer Systems
Egyptian designer in 1992-1994 of these Arabic fonts: ACS-Akeek-Bold, ACS-Akeek-Extra-Bold, ACS-Akeek, ACS-Almass-Bold, ACS-Almass-Extra-Bold, ACS-Almass, ACS-Bassmalah, ACS-Fayrouz-Bold, ACS-Fayrouz-Extra-Bold, ACS-Fayrouz, ACS-Hieroglyphic, ACS-Islamy, ACS-Koraan, ACS-Morgan-Bold, ACS-Morgan-Extra-Bold, ACS-Morgan, ACS-Symbols, ACS-Topazz-Bold, ACS-Topazz-Extra-Bold, ACS-Topazz, ACS-Yaqout-Bold, ACS-Yaqout-Extra-Bold, ACS-Yaqout, ACS-Zomorrod-Bold, ACS-Zomorrod-Extra-Bold, ACS-Zomorrod. They can be downloaded here, here and here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Cairo, Egypt-based designer of the Arabic typeface Arabella (2014), a typeface based on mixing square Kufic and foliate Kufic. She also made an Arabic companion to Kino MT called Kino Arabic (2014), and created ekry (2015), which was designed with tablets and smart phones in mind, thus mixing the fluidity of Naskh and the modernity of a geometric Kufic. [Google] [More] ⦿
Mansourah, Egypt (and/or New York City)-based designer of the Latin sans typeface Firsta (2012). Now based in New York City, he also designed the free font/a> Burnit (2012), and the rounded typefaces Cobera (2013), Limon (2013), Over Sea (2013), Bazyl (2013), Fada (2013), Fagr (2013), Coll 3D (2013), Cool Bold (2013), Maw (2013), Awesome Outline (2013) and MyBold (2013). He also made Up Down (2013), Carpenter Tools (2013, dingbats), Stop It (2013), Bold Box (2013), Youm (2013), Quick Run (2013), Gangnam (2013), Prison Tattoo (2013), Web Tools (2013, icons), Labels (2013), Social Media Font (2013), Shehab (2013) and Social Font Icons (2013). He runs Fontm.com.
For a school project in 2012, Chantal Sherif (Cairo, Egypt) created an Arabic version of Otl Aicher's Rotis. She also made Kubic Kufic (2013), an Arabic version of Cube by Fontfabric. [Google] [More] ⦿
Thomas Milo founded DecoType in Amsterdam in 1985, together with Peter Somers and Mirjam Somers. They introduced the notion of dynamic fonts, and developed Ruqaa (1987), licensed by Microsoft. They also developed the DecoTypeSetter, which was included in Adobe PageMaker MiddleEast. Deco Type is perhaps best known for its extensive DTP Naskh family, which has hundreds of variations of all letterforms, and permitted people to typeset calligraphic Arabic, as it is in a style emulating the hand of the Ottoman calligrapher Mustafa Izzet Efendi. Part of that package is the DecoType Authentic Naskh typeface. DecoType donated a custom version of Naskh to the Unicode Consortium for printing the Arabic parts of their manuals. Other fonts include DTP Nastaaliq. Thomas Milo is also a specialist of Turkic and Slavic linguistics. His company's beautiful fonts sell for 125 USD: P.O. Box 55518, 1007 NA Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Thomas Milo's talks about Arabic fonts at the 1998 RIDT in Saint-Malo and at ATypI in Copenhagen in 2001 were masterful performances---entertaining and insightful from start to finish. From Milo's site: DecoType contributes fonts and Arabic Calligraphy applications to Microsoft Office Arabic Edition; to Adobe PageMaker Middle East DecoType provides a special interface for Calligraphic typesetting; to the MacOS 9 it contributes Arabic fonts.
In 2009, Thomas Milo received the second Dr. Peter Karow Award for Font Technology&Digital Typography has been awarded to Thomas Milo for the development of the ACE layout engine (the heart of the Tasmeem plugin for InDesign ME) for Arabic text setting. The citation reads: Thomas Milo and his company DecoType developed with ACE, which is an acronym for 'Arabic Calligraphic Engine', new advanced technology for Arabic text setting, which needs a far more sophisticated approach than for instance the Latin script, based on a thorough analysis of the Arabic script. Not only served Milo's typographic research as the fundament for the ACE technology, clearly it also formed a basis for the development of the OpenType format, although this is a less known and acknowledged fact.
Free font archive, started up in 2012 by Ayman Hafez in Cairo.
Hadeer Omar has a BFA in Graphic Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. Behance link. She created the squarish Arabic typeface Lefeen (2010). It is unclear if this is the same as the design agency Elfekra in Alexandria, Egypt---they also show a squarish typeface called Lefeen. [Google] [More] ⦿
Egyptian type designer in Alexandria who made the commercial typeface Arabica (2011) and Cocon Next (2001, Arabic and Latin). His full name is Ibrahim Hamdi Mohamed Ali, and his company is called Team Solutions.
In 2012, he designed the Solutions Next Arabic type family.
Handel Gothic ITC Arabic is promised for 2013.
Zakariya Saleh and Ibrahim Hamdi codesigned Kufiyan Arabic (2012).
Turkish graphic designer and painter, b. 1898, Cairo, d. 1986, Istanbul, who was well-known for his posters which were heavily influenced by German Gebrauchsgrafik, and in particular by Ludwig Hohlwein of Munich, a city in which he studied for five years. He is considered by many as the father of modern Turkish graphic design.
Wiki: Ihap Hulusi's father was a well-known architect in Cairo and he wanted his son become a successful diplomat. For this Ihap Hulusi was sent to English schools in Cairo. However, his primary interest was in painting. In the meantime, he took lessons in painting by mail from Germany. In 1920, after graduating from the high school, Ihap Hulusi went to Munich, Germany, and studied painting for five years specializing in illustrations. Following his return, İhap Hulusi's father enrolled him to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Istanbul against his will. So Ihap Hulusi dropped off after a while and devoted himself to commercial graphic art.
He worked for 45 years as a ticket designer for the Turkish State lottery. He designed the bottle labels of various products of the Turkish State Monopoly for 35 years. In addition, he illustrated posters for the famous brands like the British whisky John Haig, Italian Cinzano and Fernet Branca. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kamal Mansour, educated in Cairo, used to run Kappa Type in Palo Alto, CA. and was involved in software, fonts and keyboards for some languages. Thereafter, he joined Monotype in 1996 where he is now involved in OpenType implementations for various scripts including Latin, Arabic, and Hebrew. At Monotype, his responsibilities includes growing the library of non-Latin scripts, investigating potential products, in-house consulting, as well as assisting customers with font specifications.
He spoke at ATypI 2005 in Helsinki on Nastaliq style through open type, about which he writes: Designed by Pakistani calligrapher Mirza Jamil, Noori Nastaliq is a calligraphic Urdu script typeface originally devised for use on a Monotype imagesetter in the 1970s. Once this proprietary equipment became obsolete, Noori Nastaliq could not be readily implemented for many years with the digital technology at the time. With the advent and maturation of OpenType technology, Noori Nastaliq is once again alive. In spite of the many graphic complexities of Nastaliq style such as its oblique alignment to the baseline and its cursive connections, OpenType proved sufficient for the task. Speaker at TypeCon 2012 in Milwaukee. [Google] [More] ⦿
Khaled Hosny is a physician in Egypt. He loves Arabic and its type, and is interested in every aspect of letter forms and typography. A hobbyist translator, programmer and font developer, he supports software freedom and is actively participating in the free software community. Sourcefirge link.
Designer of Punk Nova (2010), a free OpenType implementation of Don Knuth's Punk font, based on modified Metapost sources by Taco Hoekwater and Hans Hagan, dating from 2008. Hosny writes: Punk is a dynamic font, every time a glyph is requested Matafont draws a unique instance of it. On the other hand, OpenType is static, glyph outlines are drawn once and stored in the font and the renderer can not alter those outlines. To emulate the dynamic nature of Punk, we generate several alternate shapes of each glyph and store them in the font. Alternate shapes are mapped to the base character using OpenType [Randomize] feature (rand), which tells the renderer to select glyphs randomly from the list of alternate shapes. Pick up the free Punk Nova from CTAN.
XITS (2011) is a Times-like typeface for mathematical and scientific publishing, based on STIX fonts. The main mission of XITS is to provide a version of STIX fonts enriched with the OpenType MATH extension, making it suitable for high quality mathematic typesetting with OpenType MATH capable layout systems, like MS Office 2007 and the new TeX engines XeTeX and LuaTeX. This free OFL package was developed by Khaled Hosny. Inside the fonts, we read Copyright (c) 2001-2010 by the STI Pub Companies, consisting of the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Physics, the American Mathematical Society, the American Physical Society, Elsevier, Inc., and The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. Portions copyright (c) 1998-2003 by MicroPress, Inc. Portions copyright (c) 1990 by Elsevier, Inc.
Euler OTF (2010) are OpenType Math fonts based on Hermann Zapf's Euler and implemented by Taco Hoekwater, Hans Hagen, and Khaled Hosny. Named Neo-Euler (2009-2010), it covers Latin, Greek and has a full blackletter set of glyphs. Copyright Hosny and the American Mathematical Society.
In 2010-2011, Hosny developed the free Amiri font (OFL; dedicated web page): Amiri font is an open font revival of the Arabic Naskh typeface designed and first used by Bulaq Press in Cairo (also known as Amiria Press) in the early part of the twentieth century. Amiri's uniqueness comes from its superb balance between the beauty of Naskh calligraphy and the requirements of elegant typography. Amiri is most suitable for running text and book printing. See also here and at OFL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Mahmoud Hamdy joined Dalton Maag in the summer of 2009. He works there on Arabic fonts for both their Exclusives library and custom clients. Mahmoud is based in Cairo, Egypt, where he previously ran the successful graphic design firm FC studio. [Google] [More] ⦿
Sheffield, UK-based designer of State (2013). He writes: Designed for an independent newspaper in Egypt, it comes in three grades: Regular, Distressed and Smooth. These grades can be used interchangeably within the newspaper to pass comment on the content of the articles set in them. Stories which show Egypt to be progressive or democratic would be set in Smooth; whereas articles which show it to be less so would be set in Distressed. Regular fits everything in-between. [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies at the German University of Cairo, Merna Ayman created an untitled Arabic typeface, as well as the modular Latin typefaces Valiant (2014, FontStruct), Height (2014) and Elite (2014). [Google] [More] ⦿
Cairo-based designer of Smashbox (2012), an Arabic custom typeface for a cosmetics company.
Mohammad Esmat Abdullhalem
Graphic and type designer in Doha, Qatar, where he runs e-studio. In 2010, he designed a type family for both Latin and Arabic called Delta Doha, named after the oil equipment company that commissioned the typefaces.
Alexandria, Egypt and Stockholm, Sweden-based creator of Tarhaal (2015), Jazeel (2014), Hetaf (2014), Bareeq (2014), Tawasul (2014), Wahaj (2013), Bedayah (2013, a geometric Arabic typeface), Atyaaf (2013, a multiline display face), Aqlaam (2012, Arabic), Falak (2012, Arabic typeface), Ahlan (2012, Arabic typeface), the hairline Arabic typeface Khayal (2012), the fat octagonal typeface PolyFont (2012), the corporate typeface Tasreeh (2012), the comics book font Nokta (2012), Ekleel (2012), Friendo (2012), Retro Town (2012, free demo), and the pixel faces Kufigraph (2012), Raqami (2012) and Pixelogist (2012).
Cairo-based designer of the school project typeface Majoram Arabic (2013, avant-garde and circle-based), Extremity (2013, squarish), Speech Bubble (2013, modular), Neo Kufic (2013, squarish Arabic). [Google] [More] ⦿
Communication Design student at Parsons the New School for Design in NYC in 2013. Creator of the Bauhaus (piano key) stencil typeface Haeckel (2013, Friday Fonts), which was named after the German naturalist, philosopher, biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel, who promoted the idea of structure and symmetry in marine organisms and nature.
Cairo, Egypt-based designer of an experimental subtractive Latin typeface called Incomplete (2013). It was part of a project at the German University in Cairo. She also created the Arabic compass-and-ruler typefaces Al Dababa (2014) and Coco (2014). [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies at the German University in Cairo, Raneem Ghourab created several typefaces such as Araben (2013, an Arabic simulation typeface with a brushy feel), Yadour (2013, Arabic) and Construct (2013, a Latin/Arabic techno face). [Google] [More] ⦿
Salma Hisham Aggour (Cairo, Egypt) created the Latin typeface Punk Plan and Movie Genre Pictograms during her graphic design studies in 2013 under the supervision of Sabine Schwarz at the German University in Cairo. [Google] [More] ⦿
During her graphic design studies in Cairo, Sara Elsayaad created Float (2013, a brush typeface for Latin), Shams (2013, an Arabic typeface) and Egyptienne Ultra Light (2013, a Latin / Arabic typeface). She also published Cairo Pictograms (2013) as a proposal for Cairo's subway. [Google] [More] ⦿
Cairo-based designer of the circular arc typeface Peace (2013) during her studies at the German University in Cairo. RGB (2014) is an extra-Bold sans serif Kufic inspired typeface for TV captions. [Google] [More] ⦿
Cairo-based graphic designer who created a stylish Arabic display typeface called Nouveau Arabic (2013). She also made Consolas Arabic (2013), an Arabic version of Lucas de Groot's Consolas. [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies at the German University in Cairo, Egypt, Sarah Ihab El Tahtawi designed the Arabic typeface Demaa (2014) and the Latin paperclip / neon tube typeface Tineous (2014). At FontStruct, she experimented with modular typeface design. These typefaces include the circle-based Shielo (2014), Shiet (2014, an octagonal / origami typeface). [Google] [More] ⦿
During her graphic design studies in Cairo, Sarah Mossallam created the blocky Arabic typeface Rozma (2014) and the DIN Pictogram Set (2013). In 2013, she created an Arabic extension of the Titillium font. [Google] [More] ⦿
Or Soug Hayar. Or Amin Sughayer. Or Amin Ibraheem. Egyptian creator of the free font series Old Mosaic (2015), Amin Sina (2015), Aayat Quraan (2014), My-Font-Quraan1 (2014), Vintage Decorative Signs (2014), Vintage Panels (2014), Vintage Frames (2014), Vintage Elements (2014), Sughayer Separates (2014), Vintage Borders (2014), Vintage Decorative Corners (2014).
Tasmeem is an entire Arabic typesetting package integrated within Adobe's InDesign. This Adobe product returns to the beautiful Arabic typography, and is a big step forward, in my view. It includes two new font sets, Emiri and Naskh. Emiri is a revival of the typeface of the Emeeriyyah printing house in Cairo. Adobe's plug: With this typeface it is possible to create Unicode-based searchable Koran text with the familiar appearance of todays printed editions. Tasmeems shaping and spacing controls makes Emiri particularly effective for literary and creative productions. Please note that this font can only be used in Tasmeem. The last sentence is ominous and perhaps a first step towards a new trend---fonts that can only be used in one product. They won't sell you a Mercedes radio if you won't buy a Mercedes. The Nasqh font, in contrast, can be had for 200 dollars. Thomas Milo of DecoType ACE explains: Tasmeem is not from Adobe as such, but Adobe InDesign ME with a DecoType ACE-based user interface plugin, made by WinSoft. Naskh is made by me and Mirjam Somers, my partner. Emiri is made by Mirjam Somers and me.<.i> New Tasmeem developments, all be DecoType ACE: Nassim Alef by Titus Nemeth, Qarandash Beh by Mirjam Somers, Mehdi by Saad Abulhab, Ruqah. Blogroll on Tasmeem. [Google] [More] ⦿
French foundry, est. 2008, by Jonathan Perez and Laurent Bourcellier. Graduates from the Ecole Estienne in Paris, they have made the following fonts:
Cairo-based designer of the avant-garde Latin / Arabic sans typeface Arual (2013) and of the Arabic typeface Kutting Edge (2013). She also made a series of icons called Slurp (2013). [Google] [More] ⦿