Monotype will be presenting at Typography Day 2014, an international conference devoted to addressing issues faced by type designers, type users and type educators. This year's conference theme is typography and culture. Gunnar Vilhjálmsson, senior type designer at Monotype, will present "The Ruq'ah style and its role in Arabic typography" at the Symbiosis Institute of Design in Pune, India. The presentation will take place on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at 9:45 a.m.
Vilhjálmsson will discuss how Ruq'ah developed in the hands of Ottoman authorities as one of the official scripts during the height of the empire's bureaucracy, and why Ruq'ah spread over the Arab world to become the most commonly used style of handwriting. During the presentation, Vilhjálmsson will examine Rug'ah typefaces made in the nineteenth century and look at some of challenges type designers had to overcome when designing a Ruq'ah typeface.
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