The Grammar of Arabic

An interview with Typeface Designer Kourish Beigpour

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Kourosh Beigpour. Photo by Mohtadi Mirak

Kourosh’s Background

Nastaʿlīq by Mirza Gholamreza Esfahani

I was distancing myself from my first true form of love in font design, which is the ancient forms of calligraphy in Iran.

Development sketches for Faction Arabic

Challenges adapting Faction for Arabic

I didn’t want to break the rules and proportion [of Arabic calligraphy], but I wanted to apply the same rules in a different way.

I had to close the bowl [of “noon”] with a line that cuts the negative space, and the hovering dot now must sit right upon this newly added feature to the letter.

“noon” glyph in Faction Arabic
A modular approach is applied to other glyphs using the base form of “noon”. Left to Right: the letter “sad”, the letter “shin”, the letters “meem-noon”, the letter “noon”

Status of Faction Arabic


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