Graphik Arabic fonts

Typeface Review

Graphik Arabic

Reviewed by Nadine Chahine on October 18, 2018

Graphik Arabic is a pleasant and contemporary design that is versatile in usage and fun to play with. The family has quite a range of weights and succeeds in maintaining its rhythm and family feeling throughout its range. This will surely be a good resource for graphic designers wishing to design with Arabic text.

Of particular note is the dynamic and tightly spaced rhythm — no easy feat to pull off. This creates a rather unique look, which becomes even more compelling in the heavier weights. It exudes a fun and positive spirit that is quite refreshing while maintaining its legibility across the various weights and sizes. As such, it manages to provide a solution for a strong graphical impact without sacrificing ease of reading.

While the family is well put together in general, it’s the heavier weights that bring an innovative approach to a dark Naskh-style design. That it works so well in such heavy weights is a great asset, and I look forward to seeing it in use!

Dr. Nadine Chahine is a Lebanese type designer and principal at ArabicType Ltd. She has an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading, UK, and a PhD from Leiden University, the Netherlands. She has won numerous awards, including two Awards for Excellence in Type Design from the Type Directors Club in New York in 2008 and 2011. Her typefaces include: Frutiger Arabic, Neue Helvetica Arabic, Univers Next Arabic, Palatino Arabic, and Koufiya. Chahine’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. In 2016, her work was showcased in the 4th edition of First Choice, which highlights the work of the 250 top global designers. Nadine was selected by Creative Review to their Creative Leaders 50 in 2017.

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