Dr. Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès is the Founding Director of the Khatt Foundation and Khatt Books publishers, Amsterdam. She holds degrees in design and design history, and works as independent researcher, writer, designer, design curator and publisher. www.khtt.net
Designed by Azza Alameddine, the Adelle Sans Arabic was designed initially as a companion for the Type Together’s Adelle Sans, designed by José Scaglione and Veronika Burian. However, though intended as a “visual translation” of the its Latin counterpart, the Arabic font works very well on its own as an original and highly legible low-contrast (sans serif). Its forms are true to the visual grammar of the Arabic script, and this reflects the skill and experience of its designer. We can clearly feel Azza’s mastery of the Arabic letterforms and her knowledge of the rich calligraphic history behind them.
This family is recommended for editorial design, signage, and applications where simplicity and legibility are important to the design.
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Adelle Sans Arabic is characterised by an informal Naskh-styled Arabic letterforms. It is characterised by fluid and energetic strokes, open counters, and vertically compact proportions. Its rounded curves and subtle stroke modulation give the overall font a “friendly” look. It is a functional-looking design that can be used for long texts in editorial designs as well as a display typeface in its black and thin weights. It is understated and unobtrusive traits make it very useful for graphic designers to work with; it doesn’t impose a strong visual statement or “flavor” and can therefore accommodate a variety of visual styles and design applications. It is recommended for editorial design, signage, and applications where simplicity and legibility are important to the design.
Adelle Sans Arabic represents a refreshing new trend in Arabic typeface design that has been making a positive impact on graphic design and visual communication in the (Arab) world.
The fonts mentioned in this article are available to rent by the month for a fraction of their retail price on Fontstand.