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Eps51 have worked on numerous intercultural projects, mostly for clients from the cultural field. In 2008, they co-edited the book Arabesque: Graphic Design from the Arab World and Persia (Gestalten), which was the result of a long-lasting, intensive research on the Middle Eastern graphic design scene.
The two of us founded eps51 in 2004. We mostly work for clients from … read more
The two of us founded eps51 in 2004. We mostly work for clients from the cultural field all around the world like artists, galleries, music bands, clubs as well as fashion and beauty. We kind of grew into this automatically by traveling around and getting to know more and more people. I would describe eps51 as a multi-disciplinary design studio covering a wide range of projects including print, web, brand identity, illustration and photography. One of our favorite things to do is working cross-cultural/international.
Place of work
Wherever we where/are. Cairo, Paris, London, Ingolstadt ... We're just about to settle down in Berlin, Germany.
Can you give us a short description about the font?
Talib is a project dealing with the hybridization of Latin and Arabic typographic forms, exploring the effect of globalization of contemporary graphic design.
The aim was to show an experimental possibility of merging two different visual styles by creating three Latin fonts with an Arabic "look and feel". It all started out when we transferred our headquarters to Cairo, Egypt for about one year.
Throughout the project, we created three fonts based on three different Arabic styles which influenced or inspired us the most: Naskh [used for many publications and all kinds of media; one of the most known Arabic scripts in the world], Kufi [often used for architectural designs, decorations and inscriptions] and the modern Arabic linear fonts.
How did you come up with the name of the font?
Talib is Arabic for "seeker of knowledge, student". As a graphic designer you have to be open minded, constantly sucking in all impressions from your environment, constantly "seeking for knowledge", especially when working intercultural.
What is the ideal usage of your font?
When we first went to Cairo we were often asked to design modern English logotypes which transport an Arabic traditional look. So we decided to go one step further and created 3 roman typefaces adopting Arabic style elements. TalibType Fonts are display fonts to be used whenever you want to create an Arabic impression.
Do you design your fonts by hand, or directly on the computer?
We usually start out with a few sketches but in the end, it depends which kind of font we're designing. Talib Old Style for example is quite a calligraphic font, which is why we started out with drawing all the letters with a calligraphy pen. All characters of Mohandes however were constructed out of a few modules and therefore the complete font was created with the computer only.
Your future plans?
Reduce visual humiliation.