Mada (مدى) is a modernist, low contrast Arabic typeface based largely on the typeface seen in Cairo metro old signage which was designed by Professor Fathi Gouda of Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University.
Mada is characterised by low descenders, open contours and low contrast forms making it suitable for small point sizes, user interfaces, signage or low resolution settings.
Mada can work also as a display typeface giving modernist and simplistic feeling.
Mada comes in 7 weights (ExtraLight, Light, Regular, Medium, SemiBold, Bold and Black), as well as an interpolatable variable font that can provide any intermediate weight on the fly.
If you are building from cloned Git repository, you will need to update the git sub modules:
git submodule update --init
You need GNU Make and a few Python packages. To install the Python requirements, run:
pip install -r requirements.txt
Then to build the fonts:
make otf # CFF-flavoured fonts make ttf # TTF-flavoured fonts
Mada comes in two flavours, a variable font that has all the font styles in the same file, and allow dynamic changes of the font styles, and a set of static instances for specific font styles.
The variable font file is
Mada.otf and the static instances has the style as
part of the file name (e.g.
Mada-Regular.otf). It is not recommended to
install both variable font and the static instances at the same time, as it
would confuse some applications. You should install either of them based on the
degree of variable font support in the software you use.