Katharina Seidl


Riwaya is a multi-script typeface family for telling stories.

The styles of the family are suited for conventional literary type setting and offer an additional, more innovative style for the differentiation of narrative levels. Riwaya covers Latin, Cyrillic and Arabic and offers three weights – regular, medium and bold – as well as an informal style across all scripts. Riwaya Regular and Riwaya Informal create a similar colour on the page and work well together in texts for continuous reading; their clearly distinguishable designs offer different tones for different voices in text without distracting the reader. 

In the production of Riwaya Arabic, special attention was paid to ligatures and contextual alternates, and full vocalisation across all styles and weights in order to create a natural, pleasant and readable texture. 

Riwaya Latin additionally offers a range of characters to achieve typographic hierarchies. This includes small caps, titling capitals, a display version, and italics. The informal and italic styles provide a different stylistic voice. Furthermore, all three styles offer a similar degree of differentiation from each other, while visually forming a consistent family. Riwaya Italic follows a more conventional idea of an italic style based on calligraphy, while Riwaya Informal offers a more unusual approach: it is based on a typographic interpretation of contemporary handwriting.