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About Nassim Arabic:

Nassim is a contemporary typeface for multilingual text-setting. Its lively texture is matched by a neatly balanced rhythm. With its rugged character, Nassim is a reliable workhorse. Building on this platform, the Pro version with its vast array of typographic features makes it shine. Offering tools that were born in practice, Nassim is suitable for a wide range of applications, from news, to literature, to scientific publications.

Bridging two contrasting typographic traditions, Arabic and Latin, Nassim achieves balance and harmony whilst preserving the inherent character of each script. When it was first released, it was an exceptional rendering of Arabic in OpenType – ahead of the curve. The new Pro version challenges existing conventions and defies the limitations of digital Arabic once again.

Nassim Arabic Pro contains many ligatures and smart contextual alternates that contribute to better legibility. For example, the concept of tooth-height alternation is implemented, making sure that structurally similar letters are more readily distinguishable. Furthermore there is a large selection of swash characters that can be used for improved justification, or for ornamental purposes in large sizes.

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What others say:

“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.”

— Kutlu Çanlıoğlu, 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.”

— Mario Garcia, Garcia Media

“You have no idea what you have done for the improvement of the Arabic/Persian web experience.”

— Bruce Bahmani, 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; …”

— Bruce Bahmani, Voice of America

“Nassim reads The Economist, not the Daily News; it has an opinion and sticks to it.”

Thierry Blancpain (Grilli Type) for Typographica

Designed by: Titus Nemeth

Published: 2011 & 2016

Language support:

Arabic (39 languages)
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Arabic (39 languages)
Aimaq, Algerian Arabic, Baharna Arabic, Chadian Arabic, Dari, Dehwari, Eastern Egyptian Bedawi Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, Gulf Arabic, Hadrami Arabic, Hazaragi, Hijazi Arabic, Ingush (Arabic), Iranian Persian, Iraqi Arabic, Kirghiz (Arabic), Libyan Arabic, Malaysian (Arabic), Moroccan Arabic, Najdi Arabic, North Levantine Arabic, North Mesopotamian Arabic, Omani Arabic, Pushto, Qashqa'i, Saidi Arabic, Sanaani Arabic, Sindhi, South Levantine Arabic, Southern Uzbek, Standard Arabic, Standard Malay (Arabic), Sudanese Arabic, Sudanese Creole Arabic, Talysh (Arabic), Ta’izzi-Adeni Arabic, Tunisian Arabic, Uighur (Arabic), Urdu

Latin (118 languages)
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Latin (118 languages)
Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Asturian, Aymara, Azerbaijani (Latin), Basque, Belarusian (Latin), Bosnian (Latin), Breton, Catalan, Cebuano, Chamorro, Cook Islands Māori, Cornish, Corsican, Crimean Tatar (Latin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Eastern Frisian, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Friulian, Galician, Ganda, German, Gilbertese, Hawaiian, Hiligaynon, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Inari Sami, Indonesian, Interlingua, Irish, Italian, Javanese (Latin), Kalaallisut, Karelian, Kashubian, Kinyarwanda, Kurdish, Ladin, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lombard, Lower Sorbian, Lule Sami, Luxembourgish, Makhuwa, Malaysian (Latin), Maltese, Manx, Maori, Neapolitan, Northern Frisian, Northern Khmer (Latin), Northern Sami, Norwegian, Nyanja, Occitan, Palauan, Pedi, Pite Sami, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Romanian, Romansh, Romany, Samoan, Sango, Sardinian, Saterfriesisch, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian (Latin), Shona, Sicilian, Silesian, Skolt Sami, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Southern Sami, Spanish, Sundanese (Latin), Swahili, Swati, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tetum, Tokelau, Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Turkish, Turkmen (Latin), Ume Sami, Upper Sorbian, Venetian, Veps, Wallisian, Walloon, Welsh, Western Frisian, Wolof, Xhosa, Yapese, Zulu

Transliterations (8 languages)
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Transliterations (8 languages)
Persian (Latin), Standard Arabic (Latin: DMG), Standard Arabic (Latin: EI), Standard Arabic (Latin: ISO 233), Standard Arabic (Latin: ISO/R 233), Standard Arabic (Latin: UN), Urdu (Latin), Uzbek (Latin)

Variable font axes:
Weight (wght): 400 to 800

Certificate of Excellence in Type Design, TDC2 2007
First prize from European Design Awards 2007
ATypI Letter.2 award 2011
Typographica’s Best of 2012
Arabic
Beyond Arabic
arabic
Latin (118 languages)
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Latin (118 languages)
Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Asturian, Aymara, Azerbaijani (Latin), Basque, Belarusian (Latin), Bosnian (Latin), Breton, Catalan, Cebuano, Chamorro, Cook Islands Māori, Cornish, Corsican, Crimean Tatar (Latin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Eastern Frisian, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Friulian, Galician, Ganda, German, Gilbertese, Hawaiian, Hiligaynon, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Inari Sami, Indonesian, Interlingua, Irish, Italian, Javanese (Latin), Kalaallisut, Karelian, Kashubian, Kinyarwanda, Kurdish, Ladin, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lombard, Lower Sorbian, Lule Sami, Luxembourgish, Makhuwa, Malaysian (Latin), Maltese, Manx, Maori, Neapolitan, Northern Frisian, Northern Khmer (Latin), Northern Sami, Norwegian, Nyanja, Occitan, Palauan, Pedi, Pite Sami, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Romanian, Romansh, Romany, Samoan, Sango, Sardinian, Saterfriesisch, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian (Latin), Shona, Sicilian, Silesian, Skolt Sami, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Southern Sami, Spanish, Sundanese (Latin), Swahili, Swati, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tetum, Tokelau, Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Turkish, Turkmen (Latin), Ume Sami, Upper Sorbian, Venetian, Veps, Wallisian, Walloon, Welsh, Western Frisian, Wolof, Xhosa, Yapese, Zulu
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Arabic (39 languages)
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Arabic (39 languages)
Aimaq, Algerian Arabic, Baharna Arabic, Chadian Arabic, Dari, Dehwari, Eastern Egyptian Bedawi Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, Gulf Arabic, Hadrami Arabic, Hazaragi, Hijazi Arabic, Ingush (Arabic), Iranian Persian, Iraqi Arabic, Kirghiz (Arabic), Libyan Arabic, Malaysian (Arabic), Moroccan Arabic, Najdi Arabic, North Levantine Arabic, North Mesopotamian Arabic, Omani Arabic, Pushto, Qashqa'i, Saidi Arabic, Sanaani Arabic, Sindhi, South Levantine Arabic, Southern Uzbek, Standard Arabic, Standard Malay (Arabic), Sudanese Arabic, Sudanese Creole Arabic, Talysh (Arabic), Ta’izzi-Adeni Arabic, Tunisian Arabic, Uighur (Arabic), Urdu
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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.

Assistance:

Font engineering : Johannes Neumeier

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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type family

country

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.

scripts

type family

country

India & USA

year

2015