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Joined: 12 Feb 2011 - 11:33am
Aisha. A child of two worlds™

Aisha is a latin and arabic type family designed by Titus Nemeth. Her origin is the Maghreb but she was brought up in Europe, she speaks many languages and is equally at home in the banlieu of Paris as in the Medina of Marrakesh. Aisha's features show clearly where she is coming from, and her confidence lets her stand out among the crowd. She is a playful character, sometimes even a little cheeky, for she knows about her qualities. The little skip in her step, cheerful and fun, the twists and turns and the sparkle in her eye are all carefully controlled – Aisha does not lose control or get carried away. Her looks are gentle and friendly, and certainly one cannot confuse her with anything else. Aisha is not ashamed of her quirks, her pace, her surprises and expresses her moods through extra bold type.

Aisha originates from research about the Maghribi script, its regular Arabic weight is based on foundry type Titus discovered in a 19th century book. During its design Titus reinterpreted the sources within the frame given by current usage and technology. He developed a Latin face to accompany the Arabic, drawing both as independently usable, yet closely related typefaces. The Latin version of Aisha is one of the very rare designs in which style and feel of the Arabic version shaped the direction of the Roman letters, rather than the commonly found inverse direction.

To expand its versatility and usability, a range of weights covering both scripts was conceived. Drawing on research about Maghribi calligraphy and inspired by expressive Moroccan lettering, the resulting designs feature generous curves, joyful variations and much colour, rendering Aisha a historically informed typeface for contemporary requirements.

In her young career, Aisha has already received much praise. She was awarded the ‘Certificate of Excellence in Type Design’ at the TDC² 2010, and nominated for the prestigious 2011 ‘Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany’.

more info: http://www.rosettatype.com/Aisha

Nick Shinn's picture
Joined: 8 Jul 2003 - 11:00am

Very nice integration of style between the two scripts!
What with this and recent political events in arab countries, I'm feeling a bit more optimistic about the world (singular).

Jasper Michael de Waard's picture
Joined: 24 Apr 2008 - 10:32am

That's a great typeface. Lovin' it!

Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson's picture
Joined: 19 Nov 2010 - 11:15am

This face solemnly swears that it's up to no good.