Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès

The Qandus Multiscript Typeface Family Wins TCD2 2017 Award

For Excellence in Typeface Design

Congratulations to the Qandus design team: Laura Meseguer, Kristyan Sarkis and Juan Louis Blanco on this achievement.

The Qandus multiscript typeface family was developed within the framework of the Khatt  Foundation's type design research project: Typographic Matchmaking in the Maghrib (2015—2017).


Qandus_Multiscrit_Family.jpg - Laura Meseguer, Kristyan Sarkis, Juan Luis Blanco

The Qandus multiscript typeface family was also selected as one of the Jury's choice, and described by Alice Savoie as:

"This collaborative work is an ambitious and lively attempt at developing
 a typeface family covering three writing systems: Arabic (following the 
Maghribi calligraphic style), Tifinagh, and Latin. Although these three 
scripts feature very different structures and rhythm, the designers 
managed to inject a homogeneous feel to the family, while preserving 
each script’s specificities and their respective identities. […] The progression from one weight to another is also remarkable: the text version leans toward a warm yet more restrained and functional design, while the darker weight is flamboyant and immediately recognizable. Achieving all this requires great mastery, and the result is a generous and highly recognizable design that is a pleasure for the eye."


Designers: Laura Meseguer (Latin typeface), Kristyan Sarkis (Arabic typeface), and Juan Luis Blanco (Tifinagh typeface).

Curator: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès, Khatt Foundation