Mohtaraf font by Kameel Hawa
wins the TDC Certificate of Typographic Excellence.
For the second time the TDC prestigious Certificate of Typographic Excellence 2014, goes to Kameel Hawa of AlMohtaraf design house, for the recently developed typeface named after the design house: MOHTARAF. In 2007, our typeface Midan was granted this certificate, after having won in the Linotype Arab type design conference in Dubai the Herman Zapf award. Later Linotype assumed the distribution rights of Midan.
The wining typeface Mohtaraf, can be actually considered the Design House Signature typeface as it had inspired Mohtaraf logotype several years ago. Lately it was used as the titles font for alMohtaraf newsletter. The older unfinished version was left in a rudimentary state for many years, until last year when Kameel Hawa decided to redraw it nearly from scratch. He was assisted in finalizing the drawings by Jeddah based designer Abdurrahim Fuad. Then, and under the supervision of design director Yara Khouri, a dedicated type designer in Beirut office, Patil Gabodigian developed the full alphabet and in 3 weights, ready for use.
Our entry in the TDC Typeface Design Competition has been selected by the judges to receive the “Certificate of Typographic Excellence”. It will be included in the Annual of the Type Directors Club, Typography 36, and will also be shown at the 61st Awards Exhibition (TDC61) in New York City.
This year 22 winners were selected from over 216 entries from 37 countries. Besides being exhibited in New York City, the winners will also be included in 7 exhibitions that will tour cities in the United States, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Japan, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.