Designing a multi-script typeface

By John Yunker,


An interesting article on the development of a new multi-script font.

To create the font, four designers worked on a script each: Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, and Arabic.

The end result is a font that provides a consistent look and feel across good range of languages.

I like this quote from the lead designer:

To draw a parallel with the world of music, I see ourselves as four musicians who improvised together on a musical theme fixed by one of them ā€“ this implies a lot of freedom, but also a lot of effort, listening to the others and building upon their improvisations.ā€

In fact, the decentralized model is similar in many ways to that of successful web and software globalization projects. You need local-language experts to play an active role early on in the process, while still sharing global goals.



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