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Tim Holloway

British designer who won an award at Bukvaraz 2001 for NoName. At Linotype in 1994, he designed the Arabic font Karim, with a Latin part that borrows the glyph set from Janson Roman. His Adobe Arabic (2005) won an award at TDC2 2006. Vodafone Hindi (2007, with Fiona Ross and John Hudson) won an award at TDC2 2008.

Between 1978 and 1982, Tim Holloway and Fiona Ross designed Linotype Bengali based on Ross's research for her doctoral studies in Indian palaeography. In 2020, Fiona Ross and Neelakash Kshetrimayum were commissioned by Monotype to update that popular typeface, still called Linotype Bengali.

Co-designer with Robert Slimbach and Fiona Ross of Adobe Devanagari.

Mitra (2005, Linotype) is a modern Arabic text typeface with two weights: Mitra Light and Mitra Bold. Both of the fonts include Latin glyphs (from Optima Medium and Optima Bold, respectively) inside the font files, allowing a single font to set text in both most Western European and Arabic languages.

He designed Markazi. In 2018, Borna Izadpanah, Fiona Ross and Florian Runge co-designed the free Google Font Markazi Text. They write: This typeface design was inspired by Tim Holloway's Markazi typeface, with his encouragement, and initiated by Gerry Leonidas as a joint University of Reading and Google project. The Arabic glyphs were designed by Borna Izadpanah and design directed by Fiona Ross, they feature a moderate contrast. It takes its cues from the award-winning Markazi typeface, affording a contemporary and highly readable typeface. The complementary Latin glyphs were designed by Florian Runge. It keeps in spirit with its Arabic counterpart, echoing key design characteristics while being rooted in established Latin traditions. It is an open and clear design with a compact stance and an evenly flowing rhythm. Four weights are advertized at Google, but only the Regular is available.

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file name: Borna Izadpanah Fiona Ross Florian Runge Markazi Text 2018

file name: Borna Izadpanah Fiona Ross Florian Runge Markazi Text 2018b

file name: Tim Holloway Adobe Arabic 2004

file name: Tim Holloway Adobe Arabic 2004

file name: Tim Holloway Mitra 2005

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