— Emanuela Conidi

Type Design Prize


Nabil (Type Design)
Nabil is the result of a year of study at the Master in Typeface Design at the University of Reading. The typeface was designed for text setting in newspapers in three styles: Regular, Italic and Arabic. It is still a work in progress project. The heart of the design lies in integrating two writing systems – Arabic and Latin – in a harmonious family, although developing two independent and authentic designs. Nabil Regular has a contemporary design influenced by typefaces of the nineteenth century. Its clean lines combine the smoothness of the curves with the rigidity of the squared serifs, giving an overall look of elegant solidity. The Italic reinterprets these characteristics, adding a dash of vivacity. Nabil Arabic is based on Naskh, the most widespread calligraphic style in use today, chosen in the fifteenth century as a congenial style for transcribing the Koran. Nabil supports text setting in Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and the majority of languages, which use the Latin alphabet.

Emanuela Conidi
Emanuela graduated in 2006 in Industrial Design at Polytechnic of Milan, with concise research on nineteenth-century Italian typefaces. Her passion for type grew upon attending various specialized courses on typographic history, as she experienced metal type hand composition, bookbinding and letterpress printing. After being a partner of a graphic design studio in Milan, she moved to Reading to attend an MA in Typeface Design, where she graduated with a distinction. Emanuela is now living in London, working as a full-time typeface designer at Fontsmith.