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Type design in Syria



[Linotype Shilia typeface by Syria's Mammoun Sakkal]

Luc Devroye
McGill University
Montreal, Canada
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A. Badie Hammami

Designer in Aleppo, Syria, who made these fonts for Arabic: A-Badie-Shahba (1990, Agfa), Joude, ABH-Ogaret-Light, Badie-Dimah-Normal, Badie-Falcon, Badiefont-Dima, Badiefont-Sabeel, SAHBA-NEW. All were done between 1993 and 2003. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Almedia Interactive (or: MAK Alagha, or: Applied Graphic Arts, or: AGA Fonts)
[Mohammad Alagha]

Mohammad Alagha is Almedia Interactive (or: MAK Alagha, or: Applied Graphic Arts), an Arabic font producer active since 1994. The (beautiful!) AGA Fonts for Arabic are exclusively sold by Almedia Interactive Limited, which is based in the UK. His fonts include AGA-AbasanRegular, AGA-AladdinRegular, AGA-BattoutaRegular, AGA-DimnahRegular, AGA-FuratRegular, AGA-GranadaRegular, AGA-JuhynaRegular, AGA-KayrawanRegular, AGA-MashqBold, AGA-MashqRegular, AGA-NadaRegular, AGA-PetraRegular, AGA-RasheeqBold, AGA-SindibadRegular.

  • Free fonts in 2012: AGA Andalus, AGA Cordoba Reg, AGA Cordoba Bold, AGA Cordoba Reg, AGA Granada, AGA Sindibad Reg, AGA Sindibad Bold, AGA Mashq Reg, AGA Mashq Bold, AGA Rasheeq Reg, AGA Rasheeq Bold, AGA Kayrawan, AGA Balloon, AGA Juhyna, AGA Furat, AGA Aladdin.
  • Dingbats, beautiful arabesques and ornaments: AGA Horoof, AGA Arab Cities, AGA Greeting Phases, AGA Islamic Phrases, AGA Kalemaat, AGA Names, AGA Arabesque (Regular, Bold and Outline), AGA Islamic regular, AGA Greetings 1 and 2, AGA Publishing regular.
  • Commercial fonts in 2012: Alquds, Gaza, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Beirut, Demashq, Amman, Baalbek, Baghdad, Doha, Kufa, aden, Jeddah, Riyadh, Masqat, Benghazi, Onwan, Mishmish, Barqooq, Hassan, Hazem, Zokhrof.

Another URL. Free font sublink. Fontspae link. Dafont link. Download here. The beautiful dingbat fonts AGA Arabesque and AGA Arabesque Desktop (1994-1996) are here and here. OFL link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Darío Manuel Muhafara
[Tipo]

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Jamal Bustan

Jamal Bustan (b. Qunietra, Syria) lives in Damascus. He was commissioned to write the Mushaf (Quran) of Sheikh Maktoum, published in Dubai in 2003. This Quran is praised for the legibility of its calligraphy. Known for his calligraphic compositions, often based on Kufic styles, he received an award for his Kufic work from Tehran's First International Calligraphy Festival in 2009. In addition to working as the head of the lettering section at the Cartography Department in Damascus for 25 years, Jamal Bustan is also a graphic designer who produces book and magazine covers, logos, and Arabic typefaces. He taught calligraphy at the College of Arts at the Arab International University in Damascus.

In 2014, Mamoun Sakkal (Sakkal Design) published the Arabic typeface Bustan (done with Mamoun Sakkal). Bustan is inspired by Kairawani Kufic and cursive Sunbuli. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Mamoun Sakkal
[Sakkal Design]

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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]  ⦿

Michel Salloum

Based in Damascus, Michel Salloum designed MS Ugarit (2013, Arabic typeface) at the height of the civil war in Syria. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mohammad Alagha
[Almedia Interactive (or: MAK Alagha, or: Applied Graphic Arts, or: AGA Fonts)]

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Omar Shammah

Born in Damascus, Syria, in 1992, the über-talented Omar Shammah studies Visual Communications (Graphic Design) in the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus. In 2012, at the height of the Syrian conflict, Omar created a disturbing yet hauntingly beautiful set of drawings in his Inked Sketchbook. From that, he derived his illustrated caps typeface, Blowjob. Omar also developed a set of signage icons for the Faculty of Arts in Damascus, still in 2012.

In 2013, he created the straight-edged typeface POV. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Palmyrenian alphabet

From Encyclopaedia Britannica: Semitic script used in Palmyra, a city on the trade routes between Syria and Mesopotamia, from the 3rd to the 2nd century BC until shortly after the conquest of the city by the Romans in AD 272. Developed from the Aramaic alphabet, Palmyric had 22 letters and was written from right to left. It occurred in two forms: a rounded, cursive form derived from Aramaic about 250 BC and a decorative monumental form. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sakkal Design
[Mamoun Sakkal]

Born in Aleppo, Syria, Mamoun Sakkal is a respected calligrapher and typeface designer. He emigrated to the United States in 1978. He is the founder and principal of Sakkal Design in Bothell, Washington. Providing graphic design solutions to major US corporations, Sakkal Design has focused on Arabic calligraphy, Arabic type design and Arabic typography since the 1990s. His Arabic fonts often cover all related scripts---Arabic, Sindhi, Kurdish, Uighur, Urdu and Persian/Farsi. He designed the beautiful Sakkal Sameh Calligraphic font family, Sakkal Shilia (Linotype: an elaborate type system created to match Univers), Sakkal Maya, Sakkal Seta, Sakkal Kufi, Al-Futtaim, Arabtek, Sakkal Majalla (2005), Hasan Alquds (2004, with Hasan Abu Afash), MS Uighur (for Microsoft), and Baseet.

Winner with Paul Nelson and John Hudson at the TDC2 2003 competition for Arabictype. He was also awarded there for the Arabic display font Sakkal Seta Pro.

In 2004, his MS Uighur (Sakkal Design&Microsoft) won an award at TDC2 2004.

In 2006, he wins First Prize in the Letter Arts Review Annual International Competition: The winning artwork Rich and Poor, No. 8 is a computer-manipulated image of Square Kufi calligraphy, produced by the artist as a limited edition print in 2005. Square Kufi is a style of Arabic calligraphy that developed in the thirteenth century.

In 2014, Mamoun Sakkal published the Arabic typeface Bustan (done with Syrian calligrapher Jamal Bustan). Bustan is inspired by Kairawani Kufic and cursive Sunbuli. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Sakkal Design

Arabic calligraphy pages by Mamoun Sakkal, an award winning architect and designer, born in Aleppo, Syria, who lectures on Islamic art and architecture at the University of Washington. Recommended visit. The site has a particularly nice description of the cursive styles like Naskh, Thuluth, Muhaqqaq, Nastaliq, and riq'a. Mamoun Sakkal's company touches on every aspect of Arab calligraphy and design. Calligraphy and font services. DecoType Professional Naskh (31 truetupe fonts, available in Word 6.0 for Windows). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Sally Alzaza

Dubai and damascus-based calligrapher and graphic designer who hand-drew some promising alphabets, such as this blackletter set and this calligraphic beauty.

In 2012, she drew the Arabic display typeface Zaza.

Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tipo
[Darío Manuel Muhafara]

Argentinian foundry, est. 2006 by Darío Manuel Muhafara and Eduardo Rodriguez Tunni, located in Buenos Aires. Muhafara gave two presentations at ATypI 2009 in Mexico City. Back in Buenos Aires, he runs two restaurants, and one wonders how he has the time for anything.

Klingspor link. Linotype link. FontShop link. MyFonts link. Behance link.

Text types: Botija (Juan Montoreano, 2006: a 7-style sans family), Goudald (Aldus de Losa, 2006), Lineare Serif (9 styles serif typeface by Eduardo Tunni, 2006), Malena (a slab serif family by Felix Lentino and Darío M. Muhafara, 2006), Prima Sans (a sans typeface by Ariel Katena and Alejandro Lazos, 2006), Priscilla (Felix Lentino, 2000: a serif family), Overlock (2008, a rounded sans by Muhafara), Rosario (2000: a clean sans family by Pocho Gatti), Loreto (2009, by Eduardo Tunni and Pablo Cosgaya).

Display/headline type: Overlock (Darío M. Muhafara, 2006, a sans family), Titulata (a fat typeface by Eduardo Tunni, 2006), Chaco (Ruben Fontana, 2008). Basile (a great chancery family, extended to a full OTF family with Swash and XSwash, and beginning and end glyphs in 2011), Average, Chaco and Think won awards at Tipos Latinos 2008. FF Jackie (2003-2009) is a connected upright signage script.

Lassi Display (done with Eduardo Tunni) won an award at Tipos Latinos 2010. Balthazar (2011, Google Web Fonts) is a contemporary Copperplate Gothic serif typeface inspired by the kind of typefaces used by many bistros and cafes in New York City and Paris.

Creations in 2012: Port Lligat Slab (2012, Google Web Fonts), Port Lligat Sans (2012, Google Web Fonts: a flared microserifed display sans).

In 2013, they designed a custom font for the Faena Art Center in Buenos Aires.

His typeface Argentina won an award at Tipos Latinos 2014.

View Dario Muhafara's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Trajan Alphabet
[Wolfgang Beinert]

Wolfgang Beinert's piece in German on the Trajan all-caps alphabet (without H, J, K, U, W, Y, Z) created by Syrian engineer Apollodoros from Damaskus for the Roman Emperor Marcus Ulpius Traianus (53-117). The Trajan Column near the Basilica Ulpia in Rome dates from 113. People inspired by the elegant lettering include Fernando Ruano, Vespasiano Amphiarea, Wolfgang Fugger, Geoffroy Tory, Albrecht Dürer, Francesco Torniello, Luca Pacioli, Damiano da Moile, Leonardo da Vinci, Felice Feliciano, Claude Garamond, Jan Tschichold (see his book Meisterbuch der Schrift, Otto Maier Verlag, Ravensburg 1952), Günter Gerhard Lange (see his book Die römische Kapitalschrift, Jahresgabe der Typographischen Gesellschaft München, München 1983), and Carol Twombly (who made a digital font called Trajan at Adobe in 1989). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Wolfgang Beinert
[Trajan Alphabet]

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