The original font on which Harmattan was based was an OFL-licensed typeface called Fouta AS, designed for one specific region in West Africa. However, significant design changes have been made as the font has been extended to handle a wider variety of languages using the Arabic script. Harmattan, named after the trade winds that blow during the dry season in West Africa, is designed in a Warsh style to suit the needs of languages using the Arabic script in West Africa. The Latin letters are a subset of the Andika font.

Four fonts from this typeface family are included in the Harmattan release:

  • Harmattan Regular
  • Harmattan Medium
  • Harmattan SemiBold
  • Harmattan Bold

Type Samples

Type samples showing some of the inventory of glyphs can be found here:
Harmattan Type Sample.

Examples of some text is shown below.

Harmattan Sample - Four weights
Harmattan Sample – Four weights

Harmattan Sample - Genesis 11
Harmattan Sample – Genesis 11

Character Set

For a complete list of characters included in this font, see Character Set Support.

Font Features

Alternate glyphs that are available through features are demonstrated in the Features document.