Adelle Sans is a feel-good typeface. It’s not your typical description, to say that this typeface is a happy one, but it really is. Although typefaces are usually indicative of personalities or traits (and we often talk of the friendly or the formal, masculine or feminine), Adelle Sans manages to capture one of the most desired of human emotions: cheerfulness.
It pulls you in with the promise of good tidings to come, and captures your attention with its simplicity of form and elegance of movement. This a typeface meant for reading and for communication. It’s a delicate balance that works wonderfully well in this design.
Adelle Sans is uncomplicated and friendly, and its applications are varied. This is a typeface that is well crafted and very nicely thought out. Especially interesting are the obliques in all of the available weights. It’s a rare occurrence to find a typeface family where the obliques/italics offer such a tempting alternative to the upright, but this is one such occasion. Adelle Sans is not an upright design that got lumped with an oblique version; it’s a family of both upright and oblique variants that are equally compelling in their own right.
Dr. Nadine Chahine is an award winning Lebanese type designer working as the Arabic Specialist at Linotype and Monotype. She studied Graphic Design at the American University of Beirut, has an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading, UK, and a PhD from Leiden University, The Netherlands. In 2005 she joined Linotype, Germany, as the Arabic specialist and has been living in Germany since then.
Nadine’s research focus is on legibility studies for the Arabic script. She has won an Award for Excellence in Type Design from the Type Directors Club in New York in 2008 and 2011. Her typefaces include: the best-selling Frutiger Arabic, Neue Helvetica Arabic, Univers Next Arabic, Palatino and Palatino Sans Arabic, Koufiya, and BigVesta Arabic.
Nadine’s work has been featured in the 5th edition of Megg’s History of Graphic Design and in 2012 she was selected by Fast Company as one of its 100 Most Creative People in Business.