Vladimir Tamari the Palestinian Arab artist and inventor was born in Jerusalem and started his pioneering research to create modern "sans- serif" Arabic type designs in the early 1960's in Ramallah and Beirut, and patented an idea for reducing the number of type letters to set Arabic type to just 54 shapes (1963 UK Patent "Improvements In Printing" No. 1011006). He discussed these ideas with Monotype in 1965. Now living in Japan, he has been refining and digitizing his fonts and established AlQuds Fonts foundry.
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