Characteristics of Arabic Type: Part III

The first draft of this post for [[http://arabictype.wordpress.com|my blog]] was completed in April. However, the graphics needed for the post, among other issues stood in the way of publishing it.

In this article I try to explain to the young Arabic font designer three areas that require attention in font design:

  1. Readability
  2. Aesthetic principles
  3. Style

I analysed the elements of Arabic type style and identified the following factors:

  1. Overall form
  2. Contrast
  3. Treatment of outline and ends
  4. Weight
  5. Oblique
  6. Width (condensed/extended)

Using morphological analysis, I constructed a table that could help in generating Arabic font styles by varying the degree of the style elements I list above. Being the second day of Eid, I offer the table as a [[http://arabictype.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/arabicfontgenerator.pdf|downloadable goodie]].