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Titus Nemeth

Typographer tntypography | France

Titus Nemeth is a typographer, a student, and a teacher. As a frequent traveller, his outlook is worldwide, privately as well as professionally with clients such as the BBC World Service, Fontsmith UK, the Brill publishing house in the Netherlands and WinSoft in France. He works independently as designer and consultant and teaches at the ESAD Amiens and the ESAV Marrakesh. Since 2010 Titus researches aspects of the history of Arabic typography as a PhD candidate at the University of Reading, UK. Titus studied Graphic Design at die Graphische in Vienna, Austria, and holds an MA with Distinction in Typeface Design from the University of Reading. He studied Arabic in Syria, taught typography as an Assistant Professor at the VCUQ in Doha and pursued research at the post-diplôme of the ESAD. Titus Nemeth is a member of ATypI, the TDC New York and Design Austria.

Presentation details

L’arabe maghrébin
Reviving an Arabic metal typeface.

Session NA | Room Anahuac room 3
Thursday 29 October | 10:40 – 11:20

Duration: 40 minutes

The arabe maghrébin, a fount with formal characteristics typical for the Maghreb, was cut by a Frenchman in the middle of the 19th century. It formed part of the endeavours of a colonial power that sought to expand its cultural reach and to increase its might. As such, it is a highly loaded cultural artefact of a multitude of layers, but hardly known to the broader type public.

This talk proposes an exploration of the potential values of reviving such a historic design, its cultural implications and gives insights into the process of a revival for a non-Latin script.

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