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Mada

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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.

Building

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

Installation

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.