When Colophon released Aperçu in 2010, it was quickly adopted by a variety of designers and institutions, and fast became one of its most ubiquitous typefaces – utilised by the likes of MoMA, Zeit Magazine and the Walker Art Center. The London and Los Angeles-based type foundry has since been working on a number of extensions into further weights and features and has just released Aperçu Arabic.
Colophon describes the inspiration for Aperçu Arabic as being “the calligraphic Naskh style with a reference to the geometry and letter shapes of Aperçu Latin”; a style that’s historically been used for long texts due to its “optimised organic letter shapes”. The typeface is “a less organic and more geometric interpretation of the Nashk style; a modern Arabic sans-serif based on a calligraphic style”.
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