29LT ZARID Slab: A Firm & Agile Typeface
29LT Zarid Slab is a firm typeface with agile attributes. The strong slabs in the Latin are countered by a sturdy Arabic baseline and straight letters structures. It’s suitable for both display and text purposes. While the Latin letterforms follow the Latin Slab Serif typographic structures, the Arabic doesn’t follow a specific Arabic calligraphic style. It borrows from the overall calligraphic approach that is found in the Naskh and the Geometric Kufic styles and renders the outlines is a contemporary innovative way. It is an exercise of typographic balance between geometric and cursive outlines. The positive outlines balance the negative spaces and give a unique reading flow.
It retains a balance between calligraphic angular cuts and unadorned construction. The contrast in the letters was coupled with strong cuts and edges to give the font its vigorous attitude. The letterforms are inspired by calligraphic makeup but drawn in a modern-day feel. The Arabic ligatures and elongated stylistic sets give the typeface more calligraphic characteristics. These were meant to provide the script’s robustness, and robust is, after all, what Zarid means.
The design approach, with open counters, the terminals, and finials, and the weight and contrast, are all elements that bring the Arabic and Latin scripts together. Which is no surprise as both scripts were created in synergy and were inspired by each other simultaneously.Read more
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