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about arek

Arek is Rosetta’s award-winning type family covering Latin and Armenian. The design draws on extensive research in traditional manuscripts, exploring and emphasising the distinctive, calligraphic roots of Armenian. The highly original cursive style breaks new ground in Armenian typography for the digital age, offering an original secondary style for distinction and widening the existing sylistic repertoire. Details such as serifs and terminal styles are shared between Latin and Armenian.

The visual harmony is enhanced by common vertical proportions, and the modest x-height in the Latin is sensitively engineered alongside the Armenian. Originally designed for school books, Arek equips the typographer with ten styles covering a wide range for editorial and other challenging typesetting environments. The family also provides expert features such as ligatures, lining and old-style figures, and contextual alternates.

awards

2010
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First prize
Granshan (Armenian)
2011
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2013
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Typographica’s Best of
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“It’s vivacious and playful in large sizes, and also full-proportioned, open, and effortlessly readable in text sizes, adding an undercurrent of frenetic energy to the flow of body copy.”
for Typographica
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“The Armenian typography has old history but it’s still too young compared to Latin computer fonts. There is not enough fonts for making layouts, and we are always looking for something interesting and new. So when I’ve accidentally found Arek it was a good luck for us.”
, Yerevan magazine
3
“… it melodiously announces that a multi-script typeface need have neither a servile non-Latin component, nor a Latin that’s either swiped or a generic afterthought.”
for Typographica

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Styles

latin
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Latin (94 languages)
Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Asturian/Leonese, Basque, Belarusian, Bosnian (Latin), Breton, Catalan, Chamorro, Chichewa, Cornish, Corsican, Crimean Tatar, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch/Flemish, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Frisian, Friulian, Galician, German, Greenlandic/Kalaallisut, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Inari Sami, Indonesian, Interlingua, Irish, Italian, Karelian, Kashubian, Kiribati, Kurdish, Ladin, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lower Sorbian, Lule Saami, Luxembourgian, Malay, Maltese, Manx, Maori, Northern Saami, Northern Sotho, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Occitan, Palauan, Pite Saami, Polish, Portuguese, Rarotongan, Rhaeto-Romanic, Romani, Romanian/Moldavian, Samoan, Sango, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian (Latin), Shona, Slovak, Slovenian, Southern Saami, Spanish/Castillian, Swahili, Swati, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tetum, Tokelauan, Tsonga, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen (Latin), Ume Saami, Upper Sorbian, Veps, Wallisian, Walloon, Welsh, Wolof, Yapese
latin italic
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Latin (94 languages)
Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Asturian/Leonese, Basque, Belarusian, Bosnian (Latin), Breton, Catalan, Chamorro, Chichewa, Cornish, Corsican, Crimean Tatar, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch/Flemish, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Frisian, Friulian, Galician, German, Greenlandic/Kalaallisut, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Inari Sami, Indonesian, Interlingua, Irish, Italian, Karelian, Kashubian, Kiribati, Kurdish, Ladin, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lower Sorbian, Lule Saami, Luxembourgian, Malay, Maltese, Manx, Maori, Northern Saami, Northern Sotho, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Occitan, Palauan, Pite Saami, Polish, Portuguese, Rarotongan, Rhaeto-Romanic, Romani, Romanian/Moldavian, Samoan, Sango, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian (Latin), Shona, Slovak, Slovenian, Southern Saami, Spanish/Castillian, Swahili, Swati, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tetum, Tokelauan, Tsonga, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen (Latin), Ume Saami, Upper Sorbian, Veps, Wallisian, Walloon, Welsh, Wolof, Yapese
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armenian (1 language)
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highlights

Moderate x-height allows shared vertical proportions between Latin and Armenian
Strong calligraphic presence, with distinct serif and terminal styles
Arek is the first type system to incorporate an Armenian cursive
Contextual alternate characters enable more balanced word shapes

opentype features

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Ligatures
Discretionary ligatures
Lining figures
Tabular lining figures
Fractions
Superiors & inferiors
Stylistic alternate
Arrows
Ligatures (always on)
Turkish/Azeri/Crimean Tatar
Romanian/Moldavian
Tabular old-style figures
Ordinals
All caps & case-sensitive punctuation
Bullets & dingbats
Contextual alternates

web performance

The fonts have been screen-optimized (auto-hinted) and perform well in large text and display sizes across all browsers which support @font-face CSS rule.
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Design: Khajag Apelian

Khajag Apelian is a Lebanese graphic and type designer of Armenian descent. Raised between Dubai and Beirut, Khajag received a bachelor’s degree in Typography and Motion Graphics from Notre Dame University in Lebanon, and an M.Des. in Type and Media from KABK in The Hague.

Khajag worked in branding with Landor Associates, Dubai, before starting his career as a freelancer under “debakir” in the Netherlands in 2009. Debakir focused on Arabic typography projects with various organisations such as Opera Amsterdam, One/one, the Mediamatic Foundation, and the Khatt Foundation. In 2010 Khajag co-founded — together with Lara Balaa — Majooun, a visual communication and type design studio based in Beirut.

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Post-production : David Březina