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Cordale Arabic


We’ve always described Cordale as a workhorse font, but perhaps that’s unfair to a font which is much more than that. It has an inherent beauty and strong features that give it a distinctive character. We’re now adding to Cordale’s appeal by expanding the font family to include Cordale Arabic.


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When we came to design Cordale Arabic, we knew that we wanted to keep the important features of Cordale’s persona so that the Arabic was recognisably part of the Cordale family. We continued Cordale’s distinctive serifs through to many of the Arabic ascenders and kept the open character shapes. All this makes Cordale Arabic a natural addition to the Cordale font family which works in harmony with the Latin script.

We had the pleasure of having Professor Rayan Abdullah consulting on the project to ensure that our Arabic characters were well formed and truly legible. His help was invaluable in ensuring that this script would be welcomed by native readers and was informed by the culture and history of Arabic type design.

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Rayan put Cordale Arabic to use in this publication titled “East West Culture”.

The Arabic is a contemporary Naskh style which fits well with the hardworking characteristics of the Latin, and is accepted across Arabic writing regions. Special attention was paid to how the Arabic and Latin scripts would work together when they need to be set in the same place. The x-height was enlarged over traditional Arabic proportions to maintain a balanced level of legibility with the Latin when used at small sizes.

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Qatar National Bank use Cordale Arabic for their corporate identity.

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Every detail of the Arabic script has been carefully considered to make it as legible as possible and it is ideal for use in magazines and newspapers. It has a contemporary feel to it that quietly gets on with the job of supporting modern brands and corporate identities. This is a font that can stand up to anything and will work hard doing it.

Cordale Development:

Download a PDF specimen here:
DM Cordale Arabic Specimen

Aktiv Grotesk Advance


Over the last few years we’ve gained quite some experience designing the more complex non-Latin scripts. This has mostly been through our work with Nokia, but also with some other projects such as the dual language Arabic-Latin signage font for Metro Dubai, or the packaging for McDonald’s which also has an Arabic script.

In our own library we’re laying the foundation for a ‘global’ font with Aktiv Grotesk Advance, that one day will hopefully contain enough scripts to cover the majority of languages that are spoken in the world. This is, of course, a huge undertaking, considering that Aktiv Grotesk now consists of 16 font styles, and that in excess of 100,000 glyphs will have to be created to add the new scripts. We feel we’re ready to tackle it.

We’re planning to release Aktiv Grotesk Advance by the middle of May 2013. This project has been quietly under way for some time and does not yet include the new font weights recently published. The Advance Edition is an extension of the existing Corporate Edition and will include many more Latin glyphs for many minority languages and Greek Polytonic, to allow setting and reading of classical Greek. It will also feature Hebrew and Arabic Extended, supporting the many and various languages that use the Arabic script. Hebrew and Arabic will also be separately available as Aktiv Grotesk ME Edition.

We will also be publishing Cordale Arabic at the same time, to expand the range of our Arabic font styles with an elegant Naskh style typeface. Cordale Arabic can already be seen being used by the Qatari based bank QNB, who received a special advance copy of the font.

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