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[Drawing by Ronald Searle entitled Casablanca (1965)]

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McGill University
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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]  ⦿

Brahim Ait Talb

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

Hakim Ghazali

Moroccan/French type designer who created the calligraphic Arabic typeface Hakim Ghazali, 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] [More]  ⦿

Hamza Lechham

Graphic designer in Mohammedia, Morocco, who created the free Latin techno face 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]  ⦿

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]  ⦿

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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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 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]  ⦿

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]  ⦿