L’arabe maghrébin

Reviving an Arabic metal typeface.

Thursday 29 October, 10:40 (40 minutes)

Mr Titus Nemeth, Typographer, tntypography

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.