Looking for Emirates font or something similar for subtle "Oriental" feeling

luvtype's picture

I'm looking for a font that will give a subtle sense of the "Oriental" to a poster. Subtle, spare, and elegant. Somewhat like this header, which I found online... but can't identify. It may be proprietary. Does anyone recognize it? If not, suggestions for a similar font would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

fvilanakis's picture

you may like Seagull

Stephen Coles's picture

It's a custom typeface for Emirates:
http://www.typophile.com/node/7191
http://www.typophile.com/node/2089

Other brush-influenced Roman faces:
Fertigo
Feijoa
Fontin
Elysa
Beorcana
Byngve

For more inspired by Asian brush calligraphy have a look at Hiroshige and Hiroshige Sans, created for a book featuring the work of Japanese artist Ando Hiroshige. Also check out the rest of Arthur Baker’s calligraphic fonts.

luvtype's picture

Thanks a lot! Most helpful!

luvtype's picture

great suggestion, thanks!

luvtype's picture

I notice that someone has taken the liberty of editing my header, changing "Oriental" to "Asian." I'm sure this was well-intentioned (though heavy-handed), and I probably should have provided more context, but "Asian" here would be incorrect and anachronistic (political correctness notwithstanding).

This is for a poster on travel to the "Orient" in the 18th century. I wanted a font that would suggest or retain an aura, or even a hint, of this "Orient" that exercised such a strong hold on the public discourse and imagination of the period -- an "Orient" which, by the way, comprised the Middle East and the far reaches of Eastern Europe at least as much as Asia -- and which to be sure has since been exploded and delegitimized as a cultural referent. I was looking to evoke the more Middle Eastern "Orient."

Hope this bit of historical context helps.

hrant's picture

That's spooky.

hhp

luvtype's picture

Yes and no. It's history.

In my previous post, I should have added Ottoman to the "Orient"-inflected theme I'm working with. It's a major component.

hrant's picture

I meant their changing it is spooky.

hhp

Stephen Coles's picture

Sorry, didn't meant to be spooky. Thought I was being sensitive. Your reasoning makes sense, though, and I've retitled the thread. Were my typeface suggestions helpful at all?

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