Working in collaboration with maestro Prof. Hermann Zapf, the designer Dr. Nadine Chahine has extended the Zapfino family produced in 1998 and has composed its Arabic counterpart – Zapfino Arabic. This represents the third product of cooperation between the two typographers following Palatino Arabic and Palatino Sans Arabic.
Work on Zapfino Arabic began in summer 2012 and the latest font by Nadine Chahine has now just been released through Linotype.com. The activities during the many months of meetings and joint endeavor involved in the development process were described and shared through the online social networks. There were regular reports on the progress of the project and on the latest developments while readers were asked to provide feedback and comments.
The outcome of all this effort, Zapfino Arabic, enriches the tradition of Arabic script, combining as it does the writing styles Naskh and Nastaaliq in a backwards slanting, calligraphic-like Arabic typeface. Particularly characteristic of Zapfino Arabic are its delicate, flowing outlines. This elegant and calligraphic typeface is ideal for creating logos, greeting cards, short headlines and text passages.