Golnar Kat Rahmani is a designer of Iranian origin living and working in Berlin. After graduating from the Weißensee Kunsthochschule, she founded Studio Kat Rahmani. In her studio work, Golnar specializes in typography, type design and visual identities, featuring a strong expertise in multilingual typography with a focus on Persian/Arabic typography. In 2019, she designed Ropa Sans Arabic together with Botio Nikoltchev for the local Lettersoup foundry.
Her Type & Politics project is an initiative aimed at “freeing Arabic/Persian Type from its ideological connotations.” Golnar offers workshops that introduces designers and other interested people to Arabic and Persian type. The Type & Politics website shows visual impressions from previous workshops, including many examples of Arabic/Persian lettering. The website texts themselves are in English only, and feature Hypatia Sans for headings. The typeface named after the Hellenistic Neoplatonist philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician is paired with Roboto for text, while the top menu is rendered in all-caps FuturaPT. The Type & Politics logo appears to be custom drawn, using (Latin) unicase pixel letters that seem to reference square Kufic lettering, and a deviant ampersand that hints at the reversed writing direction used for Arabic text.