Arabic Typography: A Revised and Concise Sourcebook


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By Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès

In the twenty-first century, the widespread integration of computer technologies has brought text-based information into many facets of everyday life. This has caused an ever-growing interest in typography across many fields of visual communication, with text and letterforms playing a central role in the dissemination of social trends and a tangible reflection of the spirit of the times.

Arabic Typography takes the reader through a comprehensive study of Arabic letterforms, starting with a concise historical overview of their development and styles, and proceeding to the design and technological advances until the end of the twentieth century. It attempts to establish the foundations for Arabic type design by drawing lessons from past practices and aesthetic conventions, in order to retain the enduring traits that are of relevance for innovation in future type design creations.

Going beyond the historical facts to discuss current design issues pertaining to the creation and production of letterforms, the volume presents Arabic typographic design as an essential communication tool that should marry functionality and legibility to aesthetic delight.

This book serves as a valuable reference on Arabic typography, and is an educational guide for design students, professionals and anyone who uses Arabic type and enjoys the visual appearance of the language and its letterforms.

Includes glossary, bibliography and index.

Designed by Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès

Published by Khatt Books

Softcover, 264 pages, b&w, 6 × 10.2 inches

ISBN: 978-9-49-093922-9

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