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Borna Izadpanah

Borna Izadpanah is an Iranian graphic and type designer, and researcher based in the UK. He holds an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading, UK (graduating with distinction) and an MA in Graphic Design from the London College of Communication. His MA dissertation at the University of Reading traced The typographic development of the Nasta’liq style, 1770s-2000. He is the designer of award-winning type family Lida and Google funded typeface Lalezar. Borna is a member of ATypI and the TDC New York.

  • Lalezar, a multi-script display typeface for popular culture -

    During the 1960s and 1970s a genre of filmmaking emerged in Iran, which was commonly known as FilmFarsi. The main focus of the films produced in this period was on popular subjects such as, sexual romances, musicals and unrealistic heroic characters. The movie posters designed to represent these films were also intended to exaggerate these elements by the use of provocative imagery and a particular type of display lettering. These bold and dynamic letterforms were so popular and widely used that perhaps one can consider them the most significant component of film posters in that period.
    Lalezar is an attempt to revive the appealing qualities in this genre of lettering and transform them into a modern Arabic display typeface and a Latin companion. Although the main inspiration comes from a style of lettering that was used to represent the Persian language, inhere the objective is to design a typeface that can be used for all the languages that use Arabic script for their written communication. Funded by Google under the SIL Open Font License. Download:

  • Lida -

    Designing Lida has been a unique opportunity to learn the foundations from those that I have always admired. It has given me a new perspective on typeface design and the technology behind it, and at the same time, it has been a great encouragement to make use of newly acquired skill and knowledge in order to be a more effective designer.
    Lida is a typeface family that does not sacrifice the quality of one writing system for another. Latin and Perso-Arabic are designed to work the best in their own right and a rather conceptual approach has been utilised to create a bridge between the two worlds. Not to make them look the same, but to offer a harmonious coexistence.

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BornaIzadpanahBorna Izadpanah



United Kingdom

Born:Tehran, Iran

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    Lida is a typeface family that does not sacrifice the quality of one writing system for another. Latin and Perso-Arabic are designed…