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Back in 1936 the German Standards committee Deutsches Institut Normung (DIN) proposed DIN 1451 as the standard type of lettering for road signage… Read More
Back in 1936 the German Standards committee Deutsches Institut Normung (DIN) proposed DIN 1451 as the standard type of lettering for road signage. As the original manual states ‘the purpose of this standard is to lay down a style of lettering which is timeless and easily legible’. This font has been revised by the committee over the years several times but only in two basic styles. The DIN Text series was based on the original standards but was completely redesigned to fit typographic requirements. Completed in 2002, it was first released in 2003 and published in our award-winning catalog, as a group of 4 separate families each with 12 weights for a total of 48 weights (regular weights, condensed, compressed and a special display version). The DIN Text Pro series which was released the following years, was enhanced with more weights, multilingual support for all European languages and opentype features in all different styles. It has lowercase ascenders that are higher than the capitals, varying letter proportions and italics (just like the first release) that are not a mechanically-obliqued version of the regular weights, but rather true designed italics. An attempt was made to divert from the stiff geometric structure of the original and introduce instead elements which are familiar, softer and easier to read. The glyphs for all languages have been carefully and professionally designed to not only share the same weight and structure but to reflect the current trends in all different scripts as well. The Arabic version is one of Parachute’s most ambitious text typefaces, as for the first time a contemporary arabic equivalent to this comprehensive DIN series of fonts is designed. In fact, this set of fonts contains the most complete and powerful array of arabic features commercially available. Read Less
PF DIN Text®‭ ‬Arabic
Copyright © 2010
Designer: Panos Vassiliou /Hasan Abu Afash
PF DIN Text®‭ ‬Arabic was designed back in 2010‭ ‬in order to complement Parachute’s popular DIN series‭ (‬published in 2002‭) ‬which is considered the most comprehensive set of DIN superfamilies today‭. ‬This matching Arabic family contains a powerful array of features which was recently enhanced with a series of‭ ‬95‭ ‬practical Arabic and Western symbols‭ ‬for packaging‭, ‬public areas‭, ‬environment‭, ‬transportation‭, ‬computers‭, ‬fabric care and urban life‭. ‬
DIN Text Arabic was designed in collaboration with designer Hasan Abu Afash in‭ ‬8‭ ‬weights/styles‭ ‬from‭ ‬Hairline‭ ‬to‭ ‬XBlack‭. ‬It supports Latin as well as all variations of the Arabic script such as Persian‭, ‬Urdu and Pashto‭.‬
Two versions were originally designed‭, DIN Text Arabic ‬which is the basic Arabic version that includes Latin‭, ‬whereas the second version‭ ‬DIN Text Universal‭ ‬supports simultaneously Latin‭, ‬Arabic‭, ‬Greek and Cyrillic‭. ‬The latter version combines the powerful DIN Text Pro with DIN Text‭ ‬Arabic bringing the number of glyphs to a whopping 3320‭ ‬per font‭. ‬It supports 30‭ ‬advanced opentype features and kerning for all‭ ‬languages‭. ‬Altogether DIN Text Universal supports hundreds of languages‭, ‬proving to be‭ ‬an essential tool for corporations which are seeking to strengthen the presense of their products in international markets‭. ‬DIN Text®‭ ‬Arabic has participated in several exhibitions worldwide and was featured in‭ ‬Arabesque2, ‬a book about contemporary Arabic art and design‭, ‬published by Gestalten‭.‬
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