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.