Greta Arabic Contemporary newspaper type family
Available through Typotheque
Greta Arabic is a modern Arabic newspaper typeface, carefully sculpted in the essence of the Naskhi calligraphic style, the most legible and suitable style for running text.
As an Arabic companion to Greta Text, it is conceived with a similar approach but translated into the Arabic script and writing system. In character, both are sharp and crisp, serious and clear. Greta Italic, specifically, served as a primary source of inspiration because of its cursive nature.
Greta Arabic is optimized for newspaper setting through generous counters, relatively short ‘descenders’ and ‘ascenders’ (as it is in its Latin counterpart), a fairly high contrast and a familiarity to the newspaper readers. It sits comfortably on the baseline and creates a clear reading line. This makes it react very well to text justification using Kashida, a vital requirement to newspaper typography. Like its latin counterpart, the Arabic family (especially in the Light and Bold) enjoys a strong character that renders it also usable in display sizes.
The family consists of 4 weights: Light, Regular, Medium & Bold. Each weights comes in 3 grades (i.e. Light Minus, Light, Light Plus), which differ slightly in thickness, but keep the same width, to allow more typographic control in terms of color of the text.
Greta Arabic was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Type Design from the Type Directors Club, TDC2 2012.
➝ more about the development of Greta Arabic in The influences of Greta Arabic
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