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about nassim

Nassim is a contemporary text typeface for the Arabic and Latin scripts. Its core concept is a design that accomplishes superlative multilingual text-setting – the main design concern being the creation of an authentic design in which neither Arabic nor Latin have to follow proportions or characteristics of the other script in achieving balance and harmony. Used by the BBC and Voice of America, the fonts are read by millions of people every month.

Nassim ranks among one of the most widely used webfonts today! Its sturdy, modern, yet calligraphy-inspired shapes and classic proportions make Nassim particularly suited for distinguished news design. It lends itself equally well to general editorial and magazine design with its versatility and range of weights – a feature not commonly found in Arabic type families.


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Certificate of Excellence
in Type Design
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First prize,
European Design Awards
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Shortlisted for ‘Design of the Year’
Design Museum London
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Typographica’s Best of
“The many prestigious design awards that Nassim has received are testaments to its fresh and contemporary design, and with its range of weights enabled us to achieve the typographic hierarchy we required.”
, BBC Future Media
“Nassim was designed to work in small sizes, in a dictionary, say, or newspaper columns—a rare achievement. With five weights and perfectly matched Latin letters, it’s almost too good to be true.”
, Garcia Media
“You have no idea what you have done for the improvement of the Arabic/Persian web experience.”
, Voice of America
“… the results demonstrated a 5x increase in reading speed. … The new Persian VOA site was extremely well received and many users commented on how much better the site looks and how much more readable the text appears; …”
, Voice of America
“Nassim reads The Economist, not the Daily News; it has an opinion and sticks to it.”
for Typographica

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94 languages
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
7 languages
Arabic (7 languages)
Arabic, Berber, Morrocan Arabic, Pashto, Persian, Tunisian Arabic, Urdu
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Newspaper proportions with tall x-height and condensed width
The Arabic follows typical Naskh conventions
Contemporary style with angular modulation, asymmetrical serifs, and open counters
Maximized shape disambiguation for improved legibility in Arabic

opentype features

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Discretionary ligatures
Urdu contextual alternates
Mark positioning
Case-sensitive punctuation
Urdu figures (lang. feature)
Persian figures
Correct Hijra date (Arabic-only)

web performance

The fonts have been screen-optimised and perform well in text and display sizes across all browsers which support @font-face CSS rule.
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Design: Titus Nemeth

Titus Nemeth is a type designer and typographer with specialist expertise in the Arabic script. He works as an independent designer and typographic consultant, building on his substantial experience and research in the field.

His original type designs have won multiple internationally renowned awards and are widely used for complex, cross-cultural, visual communication. Titus’ practice combines the making and the use of type, as he is convinced that both aspects inform each other: ‘the better I understand how type is used, the better I can design for it’.

Titus holds a PhD, and an MA in Typeface Design, from the University of Reading, UK, and a diploma in Graphic Design from Die Graphische in Vienna, Austria. He has taught type design and typography at a number of schools in France, Morocco, Qatar, and the United Kingdom.


Commissioned by the Government of Mauritania to broaden awareness and understanding, and to help promote commerce and tourism, this trilingual, large format, coffee-table book was designed by John Hubbard and published by Ewrks Media Inc. It uses Nassim by Titus Nemeth for Arabic and English and Le Monde Sans by Jean François Porchez for the French.


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BBC news portal

Following the redesign of the mother-page of the BBC News, BBC Arabic and BBC Persian launched their redesigned websites. These are probably the first, and certainly the biggest websites yet to use webfonts – Arabic webfonts that is. The BBC uses custom versions of Nassim by Titus Nemeth. The typeface was painstakingly optimised for screen and for the web with the help of Thomas Grace (hinting) and Tim Ahrens (webfonts production). The typeface was further redesigned for the BBC Persian. Titus redrew Nassim to give the website a distinctly Iranian look, while maintaining coherence with the BBC-brand visual language. Read more about the process on Rosetta blog.


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Mahdavi catalogue

In 2009, The École Superieure d’Arts et de Design in Amiens organised an exhibition of drawings by the artist Rafael Mahdavi. The accompanying catalogue, showing the eight canvases together with an interview, was designed by ESAD-graduate Lucille Guigon who used Nassim for all texts.


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