About Nastarkib Font Family
An isolated typeface design with a calligraphic flavor. The Nastarkib font family employs visual features from the Urdu Persian Nastaliq Calligraphy. Visual connectivity is accomplished by overlapping glyphs with downward slopes. This font family has four members including normal and bold weights with two styles each, regular and left-slanted italic styles. This font family design follows the guidelines of Mutamathil Taqlidi type style with one glyph for every basic Arabic Unicode character or letter, as defined in the latest Unicode Standards, and one additional final form glyph, for the freely-connecting letters in traditional Arabic cursive text. Nastarkib employs variable x-height values. It includes only the Lam-Alif ligatures. Soft-vowel diacritic marks, harakat, are selectively positioned. Most of them appear by default on the same level, following a letter, to ensure that they would not interfere visually with letters. Tatweel is a zero-width glyph. Keying the tatweel key before Alif-Lam-Lam-Ha will display the Allah ligature. Nastarkib includes both Arabic and Arabic-Indic numerals, in addition to standard punctuations.
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.