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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.

Certificate of Excellence in Type Design, TDC2 2007
First prize from European Design Awards 2007
Shortlisted for ‘Design of the Year’, Design Museum
Awardee of ATypI Letter.2 2011
Typographica’s Best of 2012
“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.”
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Styles & languages

latin
118 languages
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Latin (118 languages)
Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Asturian/Leonese, Aymara, Basque, Belarusian (Latin), Bosnian (Latin), Breton, Catalan, Cebuano, Chamorro, Cornish, Corsican, Crimean Tatar, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch/Flemish, Eastern Frisian, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Friulian, Galician, Ganda, German, Gilbertese, Greenlandic, Hawaiian, Hiligaynon, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Inari Sami, Indonesian, Interlingua, Irish, Italian, Javanese (Latin), Karelian, Kashubian, Kinyarwanda, Kurdish, Ladin, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lombard, Lower Sorbian, Lule Sami, Luxembourgish, Makhuwa, Malay, Maltese, Manx, Maori, Maori/Rarotongan, Neapolitan, Northern Frisian, Northern Khmer (Latin), Northern Sami, Northern Sotho, Norwegian (Bokmål), Norwegian (Nynorsk), Nyanja/Chichewa, Occitan, Palauan, Pite Sami, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Romanian/Moldovan, Romansh, Romany, Samoan, Sango, Sardinian, Saterland Frisian, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian/Montenegrin (Latin), Shona, Sicilian, Silesian, Skolt Sami, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Southern Sami, Spanish (Castillian), Sundanese (Latin), Swahili, Swati, Swedish, Tagalog (Filipino), Tahitian, Tetum, Tokelau, Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Turkish, Turkmen (Latin), Ume Sami, Upper Sorbian, Venetian, Veps, Wallisian, Walloon, Welsh, Western Frisian, Wolof, Xhosa, Yapese, Zulu
arabic
7 languages
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Arabic (7 languages)
Arabic, Berber, Moroccan Arabic, Pashto, Persian, Tunisian Arabic, Urdu

highlights

Newspaper ideal: tall x-height and condensed width
The Arabic follows typical Naskh conventions
Contemporary modulation angular and asymmetrical
Maximized shape disambiguation for improved legibility

opentype features

Ligatures
Romanian/Moldovan
Discretionary ligatures
Urdu contextual alternates
Mark positioning
All caps & case-sensitive punctuation
Urdu figures (lang. feature)
Persian figures
Correct Hijra date (Arabic-only)
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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.

Mauritania

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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Canada/Mauritania

year

2014

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.

scripts

type family

country

United Kingdom

year

2011

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.

scripts

type family

country

France

year

2011

Murty Classical Library of India

Conceived by Rohan Murty and planned and published by Harvard University Press, the Murty Classical Library of India is a bold project to revive Indian classical literature and make it widely available and accessible. The goal is to publish more than 500 books of classical Indian literature over the course of the next 100 years! The concept and beautiful design of the books was done by Rathna Ramanathan. A range of new Indian types were specially commissioned from Fiona Ross and John Hudson of Tiro Typeworks. The Arabic type used for Persian is Nassim by Titus Nemeth, presented here in the book The History of Akbar. The Latin is Henrik Kubel’s Antwerp.

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type family

country

India & USA

year

2015