PF DIN Serif® Arabic
Copyright © 2017
Designer: Panos Vassiliou /Hasan Abu Afash
DIN Serif was originally designed as a low contrast typeface with functional and distinct novelties which set it apart from most classic romans. Its solid, simple and subtle serif nature directed the development of its Arabic counterpart away from the traditional calligraphic styles, towards a more simplified contemporary design mixing Naskh characteristics with early Kufi style. Its Arabic letterforms carry through the feel of the original design by using attributes of DIN Serif such as the tension and contrast without copying the curves of the Latin script in its entirety. In fact, several basic characters originated on paper after many tedious trials with a traditional calligraphic bamboo pen. This provided a deeper understanding of its structure and visual rhythm, before converting the letterforms into a digital form and applying additional adjustments.
The descenders of DIN Serif Arabic are short to match the proportions of the Latin version. The contrast between the thick and thin is maintained although inverted. Finally, it has carefully designed open counters that match the colour of the original. DIN Serif Arabic is fresh, clean, reliable and quite legible. Therefore, it is highly recommended for newspapers, magazines and other printed matter.
This version takes into consideration the new Unicode standard and supports additional languages such as Persian, Tajik, Kurdish Sorani, Kurdish Kirmanji, Pashtu, Baluchi, Urdu, Punjabi, Azeri, Kazakh, Tatar, Uighu.
Furthermore, each font style includes several Arabic practical symbols as well as swashes. All weights from Regular to Extra Black were meticulously hinted for excellent display performance on the web.