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A second award of typographic excellence

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...

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How do I start a type design..

Two students of type design asked me about the first phases of developing a type design  i answered from my personal experience as follows: Well. How it usually starts:   1. As I am not a dedicated type designer professionally, but a designer that is continuously striving to improve the esthetics of print design, I do not start from realizing a need for a certain type of type ( though sometimes I do), but rather a type esthetic value. The uniqueness and originality of its. Form. As I am working, sketching, or designing -even designing logo through a logotype- I suddenly see in front of me a word or even a letter in a word, that I feel could turn into an interesting type face. So the beginning is never that of an expert, nor a professional (!), but rather someone that is attracted by the beauty of form. In most cases that is.   2. Stage too is taking this form and roughly sketching...

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