As part of a university thesis project, I designed and encoded a typeface for the Tifinagh script, which is used to transcribe several North African indigenous languages (including the Amazigh, Tachelhit/Chleuh, and Tarafit languages).
These languages are some of the least-represented in the digital sphere. With so little content for native speakers of these languages on the Internet, it's evidently not hard to infer that there are very few ways for speakers to express themselves visually through type.
My work was inspired by the Dutch foundry, Typotheque's, Fedra typeface family, which has both Latin- and Arabic-script versions.
It started out with a lot of research on Tifinagh writing styles. I learned to write the alphabet by hand, before designing hand-drawn versions of the characters for my adaptation of Fedra.