Dr. Fathi Gooda

A true creative from Egypt, an Arab pioneer in Typography and Lettering arts, he is the one behind designing the contemporary font of Cairo road and transportation signage in the early 80’s! Which makes Cairo the first Arab city that owns a custom font for its streets.

You can learn more about Dr. Fathi by reading this rare article from 1982 that I’ve dug from the Jordanian Architect Bilal Hammad’s archive in 2013. (Arabic)

Dr. Fathi (In Arabic د. فتحي جودة) was born in 1935, and still until the moment working as a design professor in the faculty of applied arts in the Helwan University.

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My first encounter with the font when I saw it in Cairo metro stations, 2011.

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You can see the brave matchmaking to be done in the 80’s! (All of the below images are from Dr. Fathi archive)

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The glyphs of Cairo Font!

 

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For the first time, someone designs the stop sign! 

 

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An example of the chaos in Egypt: replacing the nicely designed signs with ugly ones!

Dr. Fathi is a prominent Arab Lettering artist, please enjoy his beautiful works:

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