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Ali El Otmani

Casablanca, Morocco-based designer of the hand-crafted Tifinagh typeface Totem (2016), which was commissioned by the Royal Institute of Amazigh Culture. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Azzeddine Lazrek

Moroccan computer scientist / typographer who works at the Department of Computer Sciences, Université Cadi Ayyad, Semlalia, Marrakech. He coauthored these papers: (1) Mohamed Elyaakoubi and Azzeddine Lazrek, Arabic scientific e-document typography, 5th International Conference on Human System Learning, ICHSL5, pp. 241-252, Marrakech, 2005. (2) Mostafa Banouni, Mohamed Elyaakoubi and Azzeddine Lazrek, Dynamic Arabic mathematical fonts, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Springer Verlag, Volume 3130, pp. 149-157, 2004. Abstract of the latter paper: This paper describes a font family designed to meet the requirements of typesetting mathematical documents in an Arabic presentation. Thus, not only is the text written in an Arabic alphabet-based script, but specific symbols are used and mathematical expressions also spread out from right to left. Actually, this font family consists of two components: an Arabic mathematical font and a dynamic font. The construction of this font family is a first step of a project aiming at providing a complete and homogeneous Arabic font family, in the OpenType format, respecting Arabic calligraphy rules. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Babel Font
[Brahim Boucheikha]

Babelfont is a design studio located in Paris and Casablanca that was co-founded by Gia Tran and Brahim Boucheikha. They were later joined by Salaheddine Bellizi. Their typefaces, mostly bespoke, include:

  • Luset (2012). A font commissioned by Dragon Rouge for an actor.Their typeface family is called PSG.
  • PSG (2013). A font commissioned by Dragon Rouge to create a typeface family for the soccer club Paris Saint-Germain.
  • The Latin/ Arabic sans typeface Gibraltar (2014).
  • The Latin / Arabic sans typeface Ines (2013).
  • The Latin and Maghrebi Arabic typeface Alegia (2015).
  • Mao (2013). A decorative simplified Chinese font.

Gia Tran is a self-taught calligrapher and type designer. He has worked for Dragon Rouge, 4uatre and A&Mcreative in Paris, as well as Saffron Brand Consultants in Madrid. Gia was the Type Director at the French foundry Fontyou. He also teaches calligraphy and type design at various graphic design and visual communication schools such as Strate College Designer, Intuitlab and ESAV Marrakech.

Brahim Boucheikha (b. Morocco) studied graphic design at the ECV in Paris and was an apprentice of Arabic calligraphy expert Abdallah Akar. He joined the branding agencies Landor (Dubai) and Dragon Rouge (Paris). He has worked at the ESAV (School of Visual Arts) in Marrakech since 2009 as head of the Arabic typography laboratory.

Salaheddine Bellizi is a typographer and 3D designer at Babelfont Studio. He studied at the ESAV (School of Visual Arts) in Marrakech, Morocco, and specializes in Arabic calligraphy and typography. He also works intermittently as an assistant at ESAV Marrakech. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bowery Studio (was: Hipster Font)
[Rachid Aitouaissi]

Art director in New York Mills, NY, and/or Rabat, Morocco, whose web site was called Hipster Font, and is now called Bowery Studio. Designer of Adasmine (2017), Denarrio Script (2017), Arminia Script (2017), Blanca Script (2016, brush script), Amazing (2016), Anatalia Brush (2016), Grace Elegant Script (2016), Daisy Script (2016), Miraluna (2016), Antype Script (2016), Antype Sans (2016), Saser Script (2016), Asmae (2015, brush script), Rinoshare (2014, a sketched font), the octagonal typeface Hipster Grunge One (2014), the poster font Ice Cube (2014), the spurred tattoo font Athena (2014), Bushcraft (2014, free old letterpress emulation typeface), Inside (2014: rounded sans), Handy Vintage Font (2014), So Brush (2014), Picaso Font (2014), Close Hand Made (2014), Stump Font (2014, old letterpress emulation font), and Bear&Loupe (2014).

Creative Market link for Bowery Studio. Behance link. Yet another Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brahim Ait Talb

Aka vintsis, this Casablancan runs a caligraphy blog. Creator of Vintsis (2009, FontStruct). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brahim Boucheikha
[Babel Font]

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Creative Friends

Yassine Bensassi and Issam Battoum established Creative Friends in Marrakech, Morocco. Together, they designed Unknown Type (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dahass Yassir

Based in Tanger, Morocco, Dahass Yassir designed the Arabic typeface Salim (2012).

In 2013, he published the simplified monoline Arabic typefaces Al Doha (2013) and Nachwa (2013). His company is called YSR Type. [Google] [More]  ⦿

El Younssi Wahib

Graphic designer in Casablanca, Morocco. He designed Neomi Icons (2014) and Fatima (2015, a Latin rounded monoline sans stencil typeface in three weights). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elharrak Fonts
[Mohamed Elharrak]

Moroccan icon designer. He created the free icon font Smartphone Pro in 2018. Other icon fonts include Font 90 Icons, Font Islamic Color, Type Icons, Social Logos Color, Icons Color, Shapes, Social Color Pro, Font logos Color, Font Color Icon, Icons Font Color, Social Media Series, Font Social Media, Social Media, Social Media Pro, Font 120 Icons, Font Hearts Love, Mandalas Pro, Nature Pro, Shapes Pro, Color Qatar, Color Germany, Color Saudi Arabia, Font Morocco Algeria, Font Color Germany, Color Morocco Algeria.

Typefaces from 2019: Flags World Color, Font Arabic Flags, martphone Color Pro, Font Logos Programs, Font Google Color, Font Logos Technology, Font 90 Icons. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eliassa Jihad

El Jadida, Morocco-based artist who created the fluid typeface Magico (2016) and the hand-crafted Aicha (2017). Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emme

Designer in Rabat, Morocco, of the hybrid typeface Helvetica Times (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

ESAV

ESAV is the Ecole Superieure des Arts Visuels de Marrakech (Morocco). It has an active typography and type design department that includes teachers (as of 2018) such as Salah Belizzi, Margaret Gray, Zouheir Nsiri, Christophe Badani, Franck Jalleau, Brahim Boucheilkha, and Gia Tran. Instruction is in French. Wikipedia. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gia Tran

Gia Tran is a self-taught calligrapher and type designer. He has worked for Dragon Rouge, 4uatre and A&Mcreative in Paris, as well as Saffron Brand Consultants in Madrid. Gia was the Type Director at the French foundry FontYou, which was founded by Gregori Vincens in 2013. He also teaches calligraphy and type design at various graphic design and visual communication schools such as Strate College Designer, Intuitlab and ESAV Marrakech. With Brahim Boucheikha, he founded the Paris and Casablanca-based design studio Babelfont.

Under the cover of Type Lovers and/or Fontyou in Paris, Gia Tran created the medieval typeface Court Hand (2012) and the blackletter typeface Gothic Fraktur (2012). He also did some great calligraphic pieces.

In 2013, together with Gregori Vincens, Alisa Nowak, Valentine Proust, and Elvire Volk at FontYou, Gia Tran created the monoline geometric sans typeface Younion FY. Younion One FY is free at Dafont. With Franck Montfermé, he co-designed the ball terminal beauty Squirrel FY. The letters of this ultra-fat didone reveal audacious geometric smoothness at large sizes.

Codesigner of Kaili FY (2013: an exotic typeface with crazy ligatures, inspired by Indian scripts, by Gregori Vincens, Bertrand Reguron, Gia Tran and Alisa Nowak) at Fontyou.

The EPS format display typeface Alice FY (2013) was co-designed by Alisa Nowak, Micaela Neustadt, Gia Tran, Bertrand Reguron and Valentine Proust at Fontyou. It was inspired by Adrien Genevard's lettering. Sub-themes are Alice in Wonderland and playing cards. The EPS format frilly script typeface Lullaby FY (2013) was co-designed by Alisa Nowak, Micaela Neustadt, Gia Tran, Bertrand Reguron and Valentine Proust at Fontyou. It too was inspired by Adrien Genevard's lettering. Exquise FY (2013) is a fashion mag didone co-designed by Bertrand Reguron, Alisa Nowak, Valentine Proust, Elvire Volk and Gia Tran at Fontyou. Gia Tran and Jason Vandenberg created the decorative typeface Ella FY (2013, Fontyou). Gia Tran, Alisa Novak, Micaela Neustadt, Bertrand Reguron and Grégori Vincens co-designed the curvy stressed elliptical sans typeface Bruum FY (2013).

Beaurencourt FY (2013) is a 19th centery secretary's hand co-designed with Jeremie Hornus.

Gregori Vincens, Gia Tran, J&eacxute;rémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak co-designed the humanist sans typeface Klaus FY (2013).

At Fontyou, Benjamin Lieb, Gia Tran and Julien Priez co-designed the hand-drawn typeface Brixton FY (2013). Not to be confused with two earlier typefaces called Brixton, one by Tom Chalky, and one by Luke Ferrand. Since two of the three Brixtons are commercial, I expect FontYou to change the name imminently.

In 2014, Gia Tran and Bertrand Reguron co-designed the zombie script Vidok FY (free at Dafont). Together, Elliott Amblard (France) and Gia Tran created the bold signage / retro baseball script typeface Paname FY at FontYou in 2014. Minuit FY (2014, by Jason Vandenberg and Gia Tran) is a beautiful angular angry calligraphic display typeface. The punchy poster typeface Kraaken FY (2014) was designed by the FontYou team of Bertrand Reguron, Alice Resseguier, Valentine Proust, Julien Priez, Gia Tran, Jérémie Hornus, and Alisa Nowak.

Bertrand Reguron, Alice Resseguier and Gia Tran co-designed the retro signage script typeface Coco FY (2014).

Alice Resseguier and Gia Tran co-designed the girly script typeface Lola Lola FY (2014). This typeface was forcibly renamed Chelly FY a few days after its first appearance, possibly because there already was a typeface called Lola by Laura Messeguer.

Codesigner with illustrator Quentin Vijoux of the hand-printed typeface Léon FY (2014).

In 2014, he published the modular kitchen tile typeface Dorum FY with Julien Thébault.

Benjamin Lieb and Gia Tran co-designed the 4-style retro display family Belleville FY (2014).

With Evgeny Tkhorzhevsky, he designed the creamy signage script typefaces Maio FY (2014) and Kumiz FY [Maio renamed].

Hansom Slab FY (2014, Gia Tran, Jeremie Hornus and Alisa Nowak).

Another URL. Behance link. Dafont link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Hakim Ghazali

Moroccan/French type designer who created the calligraphic Arabic typeface https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotype/hakim-ghazali/ (2005), which won the first prize for calligraphic Arabic type at Linotype's 1st Arabic Type Design Competition in April 2006. That typeface can be bought from Linotype. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Hamza Ait El Qadi

Moroccon designer of the blood drip typeface Sangoissante (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hamza Lechham

Graphic designer in Mohammedia, Morocco, who created the free Latin techno typeface Freedom (2012).

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

Houcine Sagout

Marrakech, Morocco-based designer, b. 1977. He created the nationalistic Moroccan scanfont Maroc (2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Houda Benzakour

Marrakesh, Morocco-based designer of Bolight (2015), a decorative typeface that combines light and bold weights into one. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Houssam Chhih

Marrakesh, Morocco-based designer (b. 1991) of the free octagonal Latin typeface Tricube (2015, made with FontStruct). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ilham Antar

Marrakech-based creator of the octagonal Latin typeface Typographie Latin (2013). [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]  ⦿

Jamal Eddine

Jamal Eddine (Oujda, Morocco) created Adrar (2013), a minimalist geometric sans-serif. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Laila Belkaziz

Based in Marrakech, Morocco, Laila Belkaziz created the experimental typefaces Mon Empreinte (2014)(and Virgule (2014), which is entirely composed of capital J's. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Linotype's 1st Arabic Type Design Competition

This type design competition was judged by Samir Sayegh (Lebanon), Fiona Ross (UK), Mamoun Sakkal (Syria/USA), Kris Holmes (USA), and Huda Abi Fares Smitshuijzen (Lebanon/Netherlands). Winners were announced in April 2006 at the Kitabat meeting in Dubai. The outcome, with blurbs provided by Linotype:

  • Text 1st Prize: "Sultan Free" by Sultan Maktari (Yemen), an open, dynamic design suitable for large displays but also as a text face.
  • Text 2nd Prize: "Midan" by the studio Al-Mohtaraf Assaoudi (Lebanon): the large body height and open counters make it suitable for body texts in brochures and magazines.
  • Display 1st Prize: "Isra" by Almamoun Ahmed (Sudan): condensed geometric forms make it ideal for headlines or short texts.
  • Display 2nd Prize: "Sultan Nahia" also by Sultan Maktari (1st Prize Text): bold, geometric design well-suited to large advertising displays.
  • Calligraphy 1st Prize: "Hakim Ghazali" by Hakim Ghazali (Morocco/France): its long, fluid curves and fresh style mean it can be used both in headlines and text.
  • Calligraphy 2nd Prize: Firas by Abbas Al-Baghdadi (Iraq): the contrasting, geometric design is ideal for large advertising displays.
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Medamine Belcaid

Aka Mohamed Amine Belcaid. Casablanca, Morocco-based designer of the animated display caps typeface Meed's (2015). Free download. Behance link. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Meriem Mghazli

Marrakech-based designer of Helvegut (2012), a series of playful extensions of Helvetica. She also did a signage project for her school, L'Ecole Supérieure des Arts Visuels, in 2012. Creator of Archi-Alphabet (2014), an experimental rhombic typeface. She also designed an ornamental card game set for Rummy (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mohamed Amine Belcaid

Casablanca, Morocco-based designer of Untitled (2017, a dusty alphabet) and Bitcount (2017, a pixel font). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mohamed Elharrak
[Elharrak Fonts]

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Mohamed Elyaakoubi

Moroccan typographer who wrote a Ph.D. Dissertation entitled Etude et réalisation d'un système de justification du e-document scientifique multilingue in 2010 at the Department of Computer Sciences, Université Cadi Ayyad, Semlalia, Marrakech. He also coauthored these papers: (1) Mohamed Elyaakoubi and Azzeddine Lazrek, Arabic scientific e-document typography, 5th International Conference on Human System Learning, ICHSL5, pp. 241-252, Marrakech, 2005. (2) Mostafa Banouni, Mohamed Elyaakoubi and Azzeddine Lazrek, Dynamic Arabic mathematical fonts, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Springer Verlag, Volume 3130, pp. 149-157, 2004. Abstract of the latter paper: This paper describes a font family designed to meet the requirements of typesetting mathematical documents in an Arabic presentation. Thus, not only is the text written in an Arabic alphabet-based script, but specific symbols are used and mathematical expressions also spread out from right to left. Actually, this font family consists of two components: an Arabic mathematical font and a dynamic font. The construction of this font family is a first step of a project aiming at providing a complete and homogeneous Arabic font family, in the OpenType format, respecting Arabic calligraphy rules. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nor Eddine Bahha
[NorFonts (was: NorMusic)]

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NorFonts (was: NorMusic)
[Nor Eddine Bahha]

Nor Eddine Bahha (jazz pianist, composer, copyist, researcher and teacher at "The Karawen Music School" in Morocco) designed the NorMusic fonts in 2005. This is a set of jazz music fonts with a handwritten look designed to work with Finale, Sibelius, Overture, Mozart, NoteWorthy Composer and Encore/MusicTime Deluxe. He coauthored Jazzology.

In 2007, he relaesed the BopMusic font family for Sibelius and Finale. This is a third party set of music symbol fonts which can be used with Sibelius to produce handwritten music in a style similar to that of many jazz charts, including a complete script font for text, chord symbols, and hundreds of symbols for jazz and commercial music. The fonts set includes BopMusic, BopMusic Script, BopMusic Chords, BopMusic Text, BopMusic Special, BopMusic Metronome and BopMusic Time. All the fonts are commercial. BopMusic Script and NorText are two handwritten fonts that are sold separately.

NorScript Fonts v2 (2009) contains seven new handwrittren text fonts similar to JazzText with different effects: NorScript Bold Font v2, NorScript Cased Oblique Font v2, NorScript Cased Font v2, NorScript Italic Font v2, NorScript Font v2, NorScript Shadow Font v2 and NorScript Title Font v2.

In 2011, he designed RealScore Jazz Font Set for Sibelius and Finale. This is a third party music symbols font which can be used with Sibelius to produce handwritten music in a style similar to that of many jazz charts, including a complete script font for text, chord symbols, and hundreds of symbols for jazz and commercial music. The fonts set includes seven accompanying fonts to help transform the overall appearance of the music and titles. RealScore Sibelius includes these fonts: RealScore, RealScore Script, RealScore Extended, RealScore Oblique, RealScore Chords, RealScore Text, RealScore Special, RealScore Metronome, RealScore Time, RealScore Title. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Oblouch Hamza

Agadir, Morocco-based designer of the slab serif typeface Breton (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Osama El Khalfaoui
[Osamaworks]

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Osamaworks
[Osama El Khalfaoui]

Rabat, Morocco-based designer (b. 1991) of the 1920s style geometric sans typeface Bakersfield (2014), which comes with a free demo version.

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

Oussama Choudane

Marrakesh, Morocco-based designer of a calligraphoc blackletter typeface in 2018. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Oussama Naifi

Graphic designer in Marrakech, who designed the Drop of Water Alphabet and Monastery (a display typeface) in 2013 during his studies. Both are for Latin. [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]  ⦿

Rachid Aitouaissi
[Bowery Studio (was: Hipster Font)]

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Salaheddine Bellizi

Salaheddine Bellizi is a typographer and 3D designer at Babelfont Studio. He studied at the ESAV (School of Visual Arts) in Marrakech, Morocco, and specializes in Arabic calligraphy and typography. He also works intermittently as an assistant at ESAV Marrakech. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Samir Chajia

Agadir, Morocco-based designer of the free sans display typeface Akid (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stef Elmrabet

Stef Elmrabet Mustapha is the Casablanca / Rabat, Morocco, and now Bari, Italy-based designer of The King (2014, free calligraphic script), Branco Script (2014) and Lonely Brush (2014). He also designed some icons in 2014.

In 2015, he created the script typeface Alia and the brush script Siviana.

Behance link. Aka Stefano, as Stef El Mrabet, and as TOP Design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Webdeclic

Agadir, Morocco-based designer of the display sans typeface Urban (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Yassine Ait-el-Mouden

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]  ⦿

Yonbr

Rabat, Morocco-based designer of Waxe (2018: a free rounded monoline sans) and Osgo (2018: an elliptical sans). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Youssef Jabri

Moroccan designer of the Arabic Maghribi typeface Rabat. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿