About Arabetics Detroit Font Family
Arabetics Detroit is a monoshape font family with a fixed single shape per each Arabic Unicode character. This font family supports all Arabetic scripts covered by Unicode Standards 6.1, and the latest Arabic Supplement and Extended-A Unicode blocks, including support for Quranic texts. It includes three weights: regular, bold, and light, each of which has normal and left-slanted (Italic) versions. The design of this font family follows the Arabetics Mutamathil style design principles utilizing varying x-heights and no glyph substitutions. The Mutamathil type style was introduced by the designer more than 15 years ago. The Arabetics Detroit font family includes all required Lam-Alif ligatures in addition to all soft vowel diacritics (harakat), which are selectively positioned with most of them appearing on similar high and low levels—top left corner—to clearly distinguish them from the letters. The Tatweel or Kashida lengthening character is a zero-width glyph.
Operating as arabetics.com, Arabetics is New York based private foundry and consulting firm specializing in Arabic fonts and lettering design, and related Arabic typography software solutions. It is best known for producing innovative, and inspiring non-traditional simplified fonts. Arabetics prime mission is to produce quality fonts to support Arabetic scripts computing and typography needs.
It was founded in 2003, by type designer Saad D. Abulhab who introduced earlier the US Utility Patent awarded Mutamathil Type Style, the underlying design template behind most of Arabetics fonts. The Mutamathil design philosophy aims at producing extended Arabic fonts that would diversify and enrich users typographic options and address the scripts challenges of literacy, education, economics, technology, global competition, as well as style and legibility.
Mr. Abulhab is an IT Electrical Engineer and a librarian. His involvement in Arabic type design and computing goes back to 1992.