Graphik Arabic Type Specimen


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A beautiful typeface specimen for Commercial Type's Graphik Arabic typeface, released in 2017.

Graphik, designed by Christian Schwartz and released in 2009, was inspired by expressive graphic design made with plain “vanilla” typefaces. It was a reinterpretation of the lesser known mid century typefaces without the baggage of the more familiar ones like Univers, Helvetica or Futura, neatly straddling the line between the round bowls of a geometric sans and the structures and proportions of a European grotesk. Similarly, Graphik Arabic, designed by Waël Morcos and Khajag Apelian, combines the simplified strokes of a grotesque with the structure and proportion of a fluid script. The Arabic aims to be a meaningful departure from calligraphic detailing and presents a utilitarian workhorse with a plain style.

The specimen includes short biographies of Christian Schwartz, Waël Morcos, and Khajag Apelian, and a brief essay about the development of Graphik Arabic.

Published by Commercial Type, 2017

Softcover, 48 pages, stapled binding, two-color offset, 6 × 9 inches