Multilingual poster examples

daniele capo's picture

I have to design a multilingual (6 languages) poster for a non-profit organization that work with immigrants. When I see this kind of things here (in my small italian town) they looks like very bad designed signage.
Does someone know examples of 'good' design for something similar?

hrant's picture

Six? Wow. The temptation would be to use the exact same font for all of them. Please resist. There's a typeface called Generation that might work great - see if you can track it down.

hhp

daniele capo's picture

Thanks Hrant, the languages include arabic and russian! I think that Fedra has cyrillic and arabic sets.

I've made a search for 'generation typeface' on google and found this abstract: http://www.cns.nyu.edu/~zwang/files/papers/spie98.html "Chinese Typeface Generation and Composition Using B-Spline Wavelet Transform", totally unrelated but maybe a very interesting subject!

hrant's picture

So the other four languages use Latinate scripts?
I would find a superfamily with a sans, a serif,
a slab, and... what, an upright cursive?

hhp

Jongseong's picture

The poster could use a dominant visual element that communicates its message non-verbally. It would be better than words in six different languages competing for attention.

And does it have to be a single poster, or can you split it up into two trilingual posters, three bilingual posters, or six monolingual posters?

hrant's picture

I just remembered that Seria has a recently-made Arabic companion:
http://www.behance.net/Gallery/FF-Seria-Arabic-First-Arabic-Speaking-Fon...
Although it's not what I consider ideal, it's still quite good.

And Seria itself has serif and sans styles, each with two weights*,
each of those with an upright cursive! So you could set 8 Latin-script
languages with it. :-) The only missing piece would be the Cyrillic.

* You could set the Regular large and the
Bold small to end up with a visual balance.

hhp

daniele capo's picture

Thanks for your suggestions. Using a visual element was my first idea, because six languages are really too much. Below is the image I've made.

The other one is to use only text in 'interesting' way. Maybe it can be done with only one font (using different styles, like Hrant suggests, for the different 'voices'), or can be done with totally different fonts, one for each language.

And to add another problem the arabic text can't be set in indesign. For that reason I think is better a font with the cyrillic than a font with the arabic language. What do you think of Gentium? (money is another problem)

I don't think my client want to split it in more than one poster.

henrypijames's picture

Arabic can't be set in InDesign?

daniele capo's picture

Arabic can't be set in InDesign?

http://typophile.com/node/42608

riccard0's picture

Arabic can't be set in InDesign?

You would need the Middle Eastern version, as far as I remember.

nina's picture

This might actually be a dream project for Fedra: Don't forget it has 2 different serif variants, and the Sans has an Alt and a regular version – plus Condensed and Display variants; and all of those come in a ton of weights, so that should provide quite enough room for contrasts and «differences». You've got Arabic and Cyrillic covered (and Hindi)… and if all else fails, you can get a Phonetic alphabet too. :-)

hrant's picture

Oh wow - yes, Fedra! Which I like more than Seria anyway.
Especially here where a bookish font might backfire.

hhp

daniele capo's picture

Yes, I agree, Fedra would be a really good choice. (The problem for me is that after buying it I'd need a personal bailout.)

gagnerargent's picture

The image by MiseEnAbime is a nice one.

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