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Latin fonts that imitate the appearance of other scripts have been around for a while. Here are a few examples:

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(Link), imitates Devanagari

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(Link), imitates Kufic Arabic

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(Link), imitates Katakana


This, then, brings me directly to my question: Does the reverse exist, i.e. is there a non-Latin (e.g. Arabic) font that imitates the appearance of the Latin script?

  • The whole current Cyrillic alphabet is what you are asking for, not just a single font of it. I don't know when that happened though, because the early versions imitated Greek, not Latin. – Rumi P. Nov 10 '14 at 14:11
  • @RumiP.: Cyrillic is derived from the Greek uncial script; it does not "imitate" it in any accepted sense of the word (any more than the Latin script imitates Greek; it is merely a descendant of it). That Latin and Cyrillic scripts have a similar appearance reflects their common origin and is not a choice made by the font designer as the examples given in the question are. – user33204 Nov 10 '14 at 14:21
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Nice question. It seems to be some non-latin fonts designed to resemble latin-ish, but in my opinion is very difficult judge whether they resemble latin for all the world cultures or not.

To be more clear, I'm used to latin characters and for me your examples could look like Devanagari, Kufic Arabic and Katakana characters. I'm not so sure that this resemblance exists for the people who natively use those fonts.

Having said this, I've found a few examples and articles on the net:

Big Caslon Thai seems to look latin (but you have to ask to a Thai if it looks like latin!):

Big Caslon Thai

Helvetica Thai is designed to be similar to Helvetica:

Helvetica Thai

Karmic Sanj and GHW Adhiapak Unicode Gurmukhi are looking like a 180° rotated hand writings:

Karmic Sanj GHW Adhiapak Unicode Gurmukhi

Here are examples of matching Hebrew and Latin, and if you rotate the examples, they are latin looking:

Hebrew rotated

Some related links:

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