About Hazim Font Family
Hazim is a display font designed with isolated letters. It uses thin white slits positioned within extra bold black space glyphs emphasizing the main visual characteristics of the Arabetic letters in two positions: initial/medial and final/isolated. The spacing widths between glyphs match that of the slits to give a virtual cursive look and feel. The name Hazim was chosen to honor a friend of the designer, Hazim al-Khafaji. Hazim supports all Arabetic scripts covered by Unicode 6.1, and the latest Arabic Supplement and Extended-A Unicode blocks, including support for Quranic texts. It comes with one weight and a left-slanted “italic”. The script design of this font family follows the Arabetics Mutamathil Taqlidi style and utilizes varying x-heights. The Mutamathil Taqlidi type style uses one glyph per every basic Arabic Unicode character or letter, as defined by the Unicode Standards, and one additional final form glyph, for each freely-connecting letter in an Arabic text. Hazim includes the required Lam-Alif ligatures in addition to all vowel diacritic ligatures. Hazims’s soft-vowel diacritic marks (harakat) are only selectively positioned with most of them appearing on similar lower or upper positions to make sure they do not interfere with the letters. Kashida is enabled.
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.