Monk Latin and Arabic Geometric Typeface Typeface Design by Paul Robb

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Monk Latin and Arabic Geometric Typeface

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Typeface Design

INSPIRATION:
The font family has its origins from the Benedictine and Franciscan writing. Originally designed as a Latin typeface it was quickly seen that we needed to open a wider dialogue and expand the font to include an Arabic version, using the same rationale to the design. The strength of the parallel design process allows the two typeset languages to have balanced harmony and grace.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Monk is a multi-language geometric harmoniously balanced font in Arabic and Latin. The font family has its origins from the Benedictine and Franciscan writing. Both Arabic and Latin work seamlessly together having shared counters, stem thickness, and curved forms. Monk is a type family that seeks a balance between the openness and legibility of humanist sans serifs. Letterforms have a distinct direction of the ductus, a wide overall stance, large open counters that help in its legibility.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Our underlying concept was to develop a font that could communicate harmoniously in Arabic and Latin that was constructed with shared geometry. When used in an Arabic text western words would be seamlessly intergraded in the text.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The Project started in 2017 and finish in September 2018, in Perugia Italy.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Designed and produced in Fontographer

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
True Type and Open Source Font

TAGS:
Typeface design, Font Design, Font Family, Monk, Graphic typeface

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The Monk font family has its origins from the Benedictine and Franciscan writing. The initial research was based around the ancient text stored in and around Umbria in central Italy. Analyzing the form and structure of the monk's letter we created a modern approach to the forms creating repeatable geometric curves, which were applied first to create the Latin font. With a concept of open discussion through the religions, the next logical step for us was to develop those design rationals to Arabic lettering with the development of two harmonious fonts.

CHALLENGE:
The challenge was to create a modern typeface based on the historical research.

ADDED DATE:
2019-12-23 16:49:43

TEAM MEMBERS (5) :
Design direction: Paul Henry Robb, Latin Font: Paul Henry Robb, Arabic Font: Naser Imache - Paul Robb, Design Ass: Tommaso Calderini and

IMAGE CREDITS:
© Paul Henry Robb, Salt & Pepper

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
© Paul Henry Robb, Salt & Pepper 2018

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Salt & Pepper

PROFILE:
Based in Perugia central Italy, we infuse design and technology with a human element, creating experiences that capture and expand upon our clients’ visions. Over the past 20 years, we have created and developed, integrated solutions, campaigns, and products for a diverse portfolio of brands, both in the private and public sectors, in Italy and internationally. We have developed brands, websites, mobile and tablet apps, events, documentaries, viral films, digital installations, games, retail experiences, social media channels and even found time to produce some advertising. Our work has been nominated 3 times for the prestigious Italian ADI Design Index - Compasso d’oro 2014,2016,2020, once for UI & UX and the second and third for branding and communications. In 2019 we were awarded Gold by A’ Design Award in Advertising, Marketing, and Communication Design Category by the International Design Academy. Nominated for the Designer of the Year by the IAD (International Association of Designers). Our work has featured in both design compendiums and publications and exhibited both nationally and internationally.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Monk Latin and Arabic Geometric Typeface Typeface Design by Paul Robb is a Nominee in Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Monk Latin and Arabic Geometric Typeface Typeface Design by Paul Robb is Winner in Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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