A multilingual typeface

Azer, co-designed by Wael Morcos, is a family of fonts that can be used in Arabic script, English and Latin variations.

Wael Morcos has co-designed a new family of fonts that can be used in Arabic and English, and includes Latin variations for languages such as French. Called Azer, its design is approachable without being sloppy, serious without being conformist.

"Azer in Arabic means friendly, ready to assist and lend a hand," says Marcos. Azer combines simple lines with careful detailing, allowing it to be realised in various languages. 

The Lebanese graphic designer worked on the font set in collaboration with typographers Pascal Zoghbi and Ian Party. Morcos, who has an abiding interest in preserving Arabic typography, has previously designed bilingual typefaces.

Azer is available in five distinct weights, ranging from a delicate thin font ideal for refined headlines to a thick black version perfect for chunky titles and in-text emphasis.
“The typeface retains a balance between calligraphic angular cuts and unadorned construction,” says Morcos. The Arabic typeface is a blend between Naskh, a specific calligraphic style for writing in the Arabic language, and a distinct pattern taken from a traditional Kufi, a brimless, short and rounded cap worn by men in Asia and North, East and Western Africa.
The typeface includes Latin variations based on a broad-nib pen calligraphic structure that uses a humanist sans serif with crisp cuts.
The fonts mirror each other's appearances much like fraternal twins with compatible attitudes.
The Arabic typeface has a strong horizontal structure because of the language’s strong emphasis on baseline letter connections.
The Latin typeface has a vertical rhythm because of an upright stem present in many of the language’s letterforms.

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