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Luc Devroye
McGill University
Montreal, Canada
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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]

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.

At Hiba Studio, we find HS Futura (2011), which was based on Salem's FS Futura. Also at Hiba Studio, he codesigned the display typeface HS Masrawy (2013) with Hasan Abu Afash.

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 face 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).

FontShop link. Another FontShop link. Facebook link. Behance link. Old MyFonts link. Behance link. OFL link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Abdulamir L. Mryhij

alAlmaiha Software, Freezone, Naser City, Cairo, Egypt. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Abdulsamie Rajab Salem
[Abdo Fonts (was: Future Soft Egypt)]

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Ahmad Shawki

Egyptian designer of the avant-garde Arabic font Slavian (2002). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ahmed Barakat

Cairo, Egypt-based creator of the free 16-style hand-drawn typeface family Noni (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ahmed Magdy

Giza, Egypt-based designer of the typographic poster Scream (2013) for the movie by the same name. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ahmed Shawkey

Designer from Alexandria, Egypt, who created a typographic poster in 2013 entitled Girls Rule. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ahmed Youness

Egyptian graphic designer. Creator of a typographic donkey (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alaa Darwish

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]  ⦿

Ali Abdelghaffar

Mansoura, Egypt-based designer of the Arabic typeface Tagarob (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

American Philological Association
[Donald Mastronarde]

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]  ⦿

Ancient Arts of Egypt

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
[Mohammad Esmat Abdullhalem]

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]  ⦿

Aya Fekry

Cairo, Egypt-based designer of the Arabic typeface Arabella (2014), a typeface based on mixing square Kufic and foliate Kufic. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ayman Hafez

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.

Home page. Dafont page. Behance link. Fontspace link. Another Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carina Kamel

During her studies in Cairo, Egypt, Carina Kamel created the cross-hatching Latin typeface Hatched (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chantal Sherif

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]  ⦿

Christine Adel

Egyptian designer of Coxa Headline (2011), a geometric face in which the Arabic and Latin parts were created in harmony. [Google] [More]  ⦿

DecoType
[Thomas Milo]

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.

Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin. Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam. MyFonts page. Speaker at ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Dina El Swifi

Cairo-based designer of the display typeface Harmony (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dina Fahmi

Graphic designer in Cairo, who created the Arabic typeface Al Bagaa (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Donald Mastronarde
[American Philological Association]

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Eileen Trayan

Cairo-based designer of a few Arabic typefaces in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Engy Mostafa

Graphic designer in Cairo who made a folded octagonal Latin typeface in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Esra Ati

Cairo-based designer of a blackletter and a squarish Arabic typeface in 2014. She also created some pictograms in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

FontM

Free font archive, started up in 2012 by Ayman Hafez in Cairo.

Google Plus link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gihad Mansour

Cairo-based designer of Arabic typefaces, including one based upon the squarish Latin typeface Etobicoke (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Habiba El Gendy

During her graphic design studies at Gaza Arts University, Cairo-based Habiba El Gendy created the experimental geometric Latin / Arabic typeface Arkan (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hadeer Omar

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]  ⦿

Hana Gohar

Student in Cairo who designed an Arabic font in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ibrahim Hamdi

Egyptian type designer in Alexandria who made the commercial face 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).

Typefaces from 2013: Lava Arabic [the Latin letters were made by Bumbayo; help by Abdullah Aref].

Behance link. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ibrahim Hassan

Giza, Egypt-based creator of modern Arabic typefaces in 2012-2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

IFAO

At the IFAO (Institut Francais d'Archeologie Orientale in Cairo, Egypt), one can find the free fonts IFAO Grec (2002) and IFAO N Copte (2008, by Jonathan Perez). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ihap Hulusi Görey

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]  ⦿

Ingie El-Seddawy

Cairo-based designer of the modular typeface Cubic (2014) and of Anchor (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Islam Zayed

Cairo-based designer and typographer. He created a nice typographic ampersand in 2011. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jonathan Perez
[Typographies.fr]

[More]  ⦿

Jozoor

Tanta, Egypt-based Arabic typeface foundry. Creators of the Arabic signage typeface Jozoor (2013). Ramadan (2013) is a free set of Arabic fonts in AI format. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kamal Mansour

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 Arabic-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]  ⦿

Karim Adam

Egyptian graphic designer who made some wonderful Arabic language book covers in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Karim Hegazi

Cairo-based typographer who created Beeaty (2011; experimental Arabic). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Khaled Helmy

Cairo-based designer of the squarish typeface New Comic Sans (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Khaled Hosny
[Khaled Hosny]

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]  ⦿

Khaled Hosny
[Khaled Hosny]

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Laila Farid

Graphic designer in Cairo, Egypt, who created the squarish Arabic typeface Block (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Laila Farid

Cairo-based designer of the Arabic typeface Khoyot (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Laila Goubran

Egyptian creator in Cairo of a geometrically constructed Arabic font (2012). She also made an experimental 3d Latin typeface in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maha Abdelrazek

Cairo-based graphic designer. Creator of Bird Man (2012, a simple sans) and some Arabic typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mahmoud Hamdy

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]  ⦿

Marga Blanco Llorden

Freelance graphic designer in Dublin, who created the chalky script face English Breakfast (2013) and the techno typeface Superclean (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mariam Rustom

Mariam Rustom (Cairo) designed an Arabic typeface in 2012. She graduated from the German University in Cairo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marian Karam

Graphic and web designer in Cairo. Creator of the Arabic typeface Antika (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marina Emad

Graphic designer in Cairo who made an untitled Arabic typeface in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matt Keen

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]  ⦿

Maya Habbab

Maya Habbad, a Syrian graphic designer who graduated in Damascus but lives in Cairo, and Majdi Alkuzbari (Damascus, Syria) created a set of numbers called Spiral Numbers (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Menna Abbas

While studying in Cairo, Egypt, Menna Abbas created the thin Latin display typeface Emerlad (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Merna Ayman

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]  ⦿

Mirna Noaman

Cairo-based creator of the display typeface Florian (2014), which was finished as a school project. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Moh Ibra

Cairo-based designer of the Arabic typeface Hak (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mohad Asy

Sadat City, Egypt-based designer of the free wavy Arabic typeface El Hamd (2014) and the El Moalli font (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mohamed Eissa

Cairo, Egypt-based designer of the experimental Arabic font Tasleem (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mohamed Gaber

Cairo-based visual artist who created the Arabic script typefaces Wasm (2013) and Fold Type (2012). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mohamed Ibrahiem

Cairo-based designer of the Arabic typeface Tiwen (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mohamed Ibrahiem

Tanta, Egypt-based designer of a Latin/ Arabic logotype called Neon and of the Arabic techno fonts Bono and Sawra in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mohamed Ibrahim

Cairo-based creator of a rounded Arabic typeface called Anas (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mohamed Nabil

Egyptian graphic and type designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mohamed Nabil Labib

Cairo-based designer of Smashbox (2012), an Arabic custom typeface for a cosmetics company.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mohammad Esmat Abdullhalem
[Arabian Company for Advanced Computer Systems]

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Mohammed Ezzat Kamel

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.

In 2013, we find him in Alexandria, Egypt, where he speclaizes in brand and logo designs. Eid Arabic (2013) is a geometric display typeface for Eid Greeting Cards. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mostafa El Abasiry

Alexandria, Egypt-based creator of 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 face 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).

Arabic typefaces made in 2013: Fekrah, Fenoon (square Kufic style).

Creative Market link. Dafont link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

N. Narudi

Egyptian designer of Arabic faces associated with Linotype&Machinery in the late 1950s. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Nada Hassan

During her graphic design studies in Cairo, Egypt, Nada Hassan created the modular typeface Arabic Faltura (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nadeem Hisham

Cairo-based designer of the octagonal Latin typeface Modular (2012) and of the triangle-themed stick font Extremity (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nadeen Tawfik

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]  ⦿

Nadine Muhtadi

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.

She also created the experimental typeface Eliminated (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nagla Gaafar

During her studies at IED in Firenze, Nagla Gaafar, who hails from Cairo, created a poster typeface called Fiesole (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nardine Shenouda

Egyptian font designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nathalie Ashraf

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]  ⦿

Nayera Abusteit

Based in Cairo, Nayera Ezzal Din Abesteit created an Arabic typeface using compass and ruler in 2013. In 2014, she published a condensed Latin/Arabic typeface called Tall. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Noha El Taher

Graphic designer in Cairo, who created an Arabic typeface in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Omer Taher

Designer in Cairo who created the techno face Tawla for Arabic in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Osman Assem

Cairo, Egypt-based designer of Scribble Font (2011, a sketch face for Latin). Home page. Graphicriver link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ramy Elbasty

Alexandria, Egypt-based creator of the organic sans face Typofluffy (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Raneem Ghourab

During her studies at the German University in Cairo, Raneem Ghourab created several typefaces such as Araben (2013, an Arabic simulation face with a brushy feel), Yadour (2013, Arabic) and Construct (2013, a Latin/Arabic techno face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Salma Hisham Aggour

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]  ⦿

Sara Elsayaad

During her graphic design studies in Cairo, Sara Elsayaad created Float (2013, a brush face 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]  ⦿

Sara El Shamy

Cairo-based graphic designer who created an unnamed Arabic typeface in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sara Ragab

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]  ⦿

Sarah Anwar

Cairo-based creator of an untitled Arabic typeface in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sarah Gebril

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]  ⦿

Sarah Ihab El Tahtawi

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]  ⦿

Sarah Mossallam

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]  ⦿

Sherif Ghoname

Digital artist from Cairo who made Psycho Typo (2011), a calligraphic Arabic lettering piece. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Shorouk M. Saleh

During his studies in Cairo, Shoriouk Saleh created the ornamental typeface Enigma (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tasmeem
[Thomas Milo]

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]  ⦿

Thomas Milo
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Typographies.fr
[Jonathan Perez]

French foundry, est. 2008, by Jonathan Perez and Laurent Bourcellier. Graduates from the Ecole Estienne in Paris, they have made the following fonts:

  • Chapitre (2013): It is based on the principle of the endless knot, a symbol used particularly in Hinduism and Buddhism. As its name implies, an endless knot has no beginning and no end. It also echoes many works in the history of writing which you must be familiar with, like Irish and Anglo-Saxon illuminations of the Middle Ages or Flemish calligraphy of the 17th century.
  • Colvert (2012): A family comprosed of four families, Colvert Arabic (by Kristyan Sarkis), Colvert Cyrillic (by Natalia Chuvatin), Colvert Greek (by Irene Vlachou) and Colvert Latin (by Jonathan Perez).
  • The free font Ifao N Copte, a Unicode-compatible font with 809 glyphs for Coptic. By Perez.
  • Unicopte (by Bourcellier) and Copte Scripte (2008, by Bourcellier and Perez; it won an award at TDC2 2009). Discussion.
  • A hieroglyphic font. By Perez.
  • Joos (2009) took its inspiration from an italic, ca. 1530, by Joos Lambrecht, from Gent, Belgium, who was one of the great printers and punchcutters of the 16th century.
  • Extensions of Syntax and ITC Slimbach for Vietnamese (with the help of Pauline Nuñez, Valentine Proust and Mathieu Réguer) for the National Museum of Asian Arts Guimet.
Jonathan Perez is a graphic and type designer. He graduated in 2007 from Ecole Estienne in Paris with a provocatively-titled thesis, Giambattista Bodoni, génie ou assassin?. In 2009, Jonathan set up his own site, JonathanPerez.cm, where he plans to publish some Latin typefaces. Fontspace has some free fonts by Perez, such as Ifao n Copte.

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Vectory Hossan

Egyptian graphic designer who created a basic Arabic typeface in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Viictoriii Hossan

Nuba, Egypt-based graphic designer, who creaed an Arabic typeface in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Yasmin Osman

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]  ⦿

Yasmina Saleh

Student in Cairo who created the modular Arabic typeface Arabis (2012) by starting from Latin shapes. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Yassmin Shalby

During her studies at the German University in Cairo, Yassmin Shalby (Giza, Egypt) created DIN Arabic (2013) and Shalbino (2013, Arabic typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Youssef Salah

Cairo-based creator of the rounded techno typeface Truglaroll (2012). He also made Neatfull (2012), Magic Serif (2012) and Kuirly J (2012, an arc-based typeface).

Behance link. Devian Tart link. [Google] [More]  ⦿