Nabil (Type Design)
Nabil is the result of a year of study at the Master in Typeface Design at the University of Reading. The typeface was designed for text setting in newspapers in three styles: Regular, Italic and Arabic. It is still a work in progress project. The heart of the design lies in integrating two writing systems – Arabic and Latin – in a harmonious family, although developing two independent and authentic designs. Nabil Regular has a contemporary design influenced by typefaces of the nineteenth century. Its clean lines combine the smoothness of the curves with the rigidity of the squared serifs, giving an overall look of elegant solidity. The Italic reinterprets these
characteristics, adding a dash of vivacity. Nabil Arabic is based on Naskh, the most widespread calligraphic style in use today, chosen in the fifteenth century as a congenial style for transcribing the Koran. Nabil supports text setting in Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and the majority of languages, which use the Latin alphabet.