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Type design in Palestine
Lebanon-based Arabic type designer who runs the Arab type news and blog site called Arabic Typography. KHTT link. An ex-student of the KABK in 2006, he currently is a part time instructor of design and typography at Notre Dame University, Louaize, Lebanon, as well as a part time instructor of typography at the American University of Beirut (AUB), both since 2007. His Arabic type foundry is called 29letters.
At ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg, he ran a workshop on the Arabic Kufi script. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin on the topic of political resistance and expression through graffiti in Lebanon and Palestine. His contributions to type design:
Dubai-based designer of the political protest font family Gaza (2015), with typefaces Gaza48, Gaza67 and Gaza14 representing the size of Palestine as it evolved from 1948 and 1967 to 2014. [Google] [More] ⦿
Palestinian designer based in Amman, Jordan. She created the Latin typeface Jerusalem in 2015, which is inspired by the architecture of the city. As a student at German Jordanian University, she also created the Arabic typeface Morocco (2015). [Google] [More] ⦿
Hasan Abu Afash
Arabic typography web site and font foundry established in 2007 by Hasan Abu Afash, an Arab designer living in Gaza/Palestine. Typefaces: HS Alwajd (2016), HS Almajd (2016), HS Rahaf (2015, covering Pashtu, Persian, Urdu, Kurdish Sorani, Kurdish Kirmanji, and Arabic), HS Alnada (2015, kufi), HS Headline (a fat calligraphic didone display typeface by Gunnlaugur Briem (Latin) and Hasan Abu Afash (Arabic, based on the simple lines of Naskh calligraphy), HS Ali (2015; designed using equal amounts of anger and sorrow, Hasan writes: HS Ali was designed in memoriam of my brother---Ali Abu Afash who was martyred during the last aggression on Gaza in summer 2014HS Alhuda (2014, Kufi font), HS Almaha (2014: this font combines the features of linear Naskh and modern Kufi), HS Almidad (2014), HS Ishraq (2013), HS Alkitab (2013), HS Albadr (2013), HS Almohandis (2007-2011, Arabic display face), HS Alhandasi (2007 and 2011), Hasan AlQuds family (2004, a display typeface done with Mamoun Sakkal), Hasan Hiba, Hasan Enas (Arabic text typeface), Hasan Elham (2006, a modern Kufi art deco face), Hasan Ghada (2007-2008, based on modern Kufi calligraphy--first known in 2002 as KactTitle), Hasan Manal (2008, Kufi style), Hasan Aya (2007, Kufi style famaily based on Corel's 1992 typeface Bedrock), Kouffi Fatemic, Safwat, HS Amal. In 2008, Hasan Hiba and Hasan Noor (a classic squarish Kufi face) were upgraded to the DecoType font format for use in WinSoft Tasmeem which is now bundled with InDesign CS4---thanks to a cooperation with Mirjam Somers. Still with Somers, he upgraded the Basim Marah display typeface (2008) for Tasmeem. Basim Marah was drawn by Basim Salem Al Mahdi from Iraq and then digitized by Hasan himself. The same year, Hasan developed an OpenType project for Alinma TheSans fonts which are based on TheMix Arabic (designed by Luc(as) de Groot and Mouneer ElShaarani for Al Inma Bank, Saudi Arabia). Later he developed the OpenType features for Jumeirah Arabic which was designed by Pascal Zoghbi (29letters) and Huda AbiFares (Khatt) for Jumeirah International, UAE. He developed the OpenType layout features needed for the Arabic script system in the Seria Arabic fonts family which was designed by Pascal Zoghbi for FontShop International, as well as the Chams fonts family which was designed by Al Mohtaraf Assaudi for the redesign of the Shams Newspaper in Saudi Arabia and the Arajhi fonts for Alrajhi Bank. Since 2002 Hasan has worked and collaborated with Mamoun Sakkal in several projects, such as the Burj Dubai Shilia project, Sakkal Baseet and the Microsoft project which included the updating of the OpenType instructions for fonts such as Tahoma, Microsoft Sans Serif (1997), Arial, Times New Roman, Segoe, Courier, Time New Roman, Ms Uighur and Majalla UI. In 2009-2010, he cooperated with Parachute to make DIN Text Arabic.
Pascal Naji Zoghbi
PCRF Palestine Children's Relief Fund
Ajsa Zdravkovic writes about her set of three (free) increasingly grungy and destitute typefaces called Gaza (2015): We wanted to raise awareness of the disintegration of Palestine in an artistic, non-political wax. Using the historic dates 1948, 1967 and 2014, we created a typeface with three different weights that correspond to the reduction of the Palestinian territory over the years: Gaza 48 (bold), Gaza 67 (medium) and Gaza 14 (light). Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
RTL Type (was: Black Tiger)
As Black Tiger, this outfit was reportedly based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, but as RTL Type, it appears to be in Hebron, Palestine. It was also known as Emad ISkyFalcons. On Behance, we learn that the designer is Emad Fohid.
They designed the Arabic typefaces TV Sans (2016), Joory (2016), Moscow (2016), Hajar (2016), Hilary (2016), Hattan (2015), Amal (2014, Latin / Cyrillic art deco), Lamis (2014), Saba (2014), Saba Mubarak (2014, integrated with Latin), Hajar (2014), Kufi (2014), Nicole (2013), Rajab (2014), Jody (2014), Logo (2014), Misr (2014), Egypt (2014), Free (2014), Salim (2014), Nagham (2014), Lujain (2014), Nora, Nicole, Yasmin, Joory, Rim Extra Min, Jannat Extra and Diana Extra in 2013. He also made Nicole Latin (2013) and Maram (2013, Arabic).
From Essex University, Alan M. Stanier's metafont for Ugaritic, a cuneiform alphabet (as opposed to the syllabic cuneiform of Akkadian or Hittite), as found on tablets dated from the Late Bronze Age (ca 1400 - 1200 BC) in Northern Syria and Palestine, notably in the archives at Ugarit. [Google] [More] ⦿
Vladimir F. Tamari studied physics and art at the American University of Beirut where he met and was inspired by Buckminster Fuller (around 1960). He invented and built 3D drawing instruments. In the 1980s he joined the Optical Society of America to keep up with the field and holds U.S. patents for inventions based on his Streamline Diffraction Theory to cancel diffraction in telescopes. He wrote Beautiful Universe: Towards Reconstructing Physics From New First Principles (2005). He paints in watercolors and has designed Arabic fonts for Adobe. Born in Palestine, he spent his youth in Ramallah, and has lived in Tokyo for the past 40 years.
He visited Monotype In the mid-sixties at which time he patented (in the UK in 1965) a scheme to abbreviate the number of shapes to print Arabic. He created AlQuds (Arabic) fonts for the Tasmeem Adobe InDesign add-on (in 2008). [AlQuds, meaning The Holy One, is the Palestinian Arab name for Jerusalem.] We had to wait until ca. 2015 before he published the AlQuds and AlQuds Monhani family of (modern sans) fonts in its full glory with Monotype.
Arabic font foundry based in Ramallah, Palestine, and run by Zakariya Saleh. They made Osama (2013), Exo Sans (2013, a free Latin sans typeface---not to be condfused with Gama's Exo font), Asmaa (2013, Latin and Arabic), Ourtilane (2013), Oday (2013), AraSym Ramadan (2010, a family) which can be downloaded here.
In 2013, he extrapolated the Sony Walkman logo into his Sony Walkman organic font. He also made the Arabic typefaces Bon Font, Saramah, Aqeeq, Graphici, Asri, Ink Drip, Arabic Script, Ink Stream, Alqusair, and Diana Extra, and the octagonal Latin / Arabic typeface Shohadaa.
Typefaces from 2014: Haneen (signage script), Sally (with Sally Alzaza), Bondoq, Amal (art deco for Latin and Arabic), Lamis, Hilary, Saba, Mary (piano key typeface), Nisreen, Hajar, Kufi, Muslimah (free), Ahrar, Ghang Tachkili and Djadli Tachkili (designed by Jadli Zein Alabedeen (Algeria) and programmed by Zakaria Saleh), Al Hadari, El Maidan, Israr Syria, Etab AmMoniee, Hala, Hamah, Al Bayan, Assaf, Baghdad.
Typefaces from 2015: Handmade (custom Latin/Arabic font for a Palestinian store), K24 (a corporate font for Kurdistan 24 channel), Hattan (Latin and Arabic), Nicole, Natalie, MasterFont, Naskh, Moscow (constructivist Arabic typeface).
Typefaces from 2016: Joory, Twitter Headline Type, TV Sans, Corporative Sans (Latin and Arabic), Eliyaa Pro, Yasmin, Feather, Bein Sports Network typeface.