Mashrabiya Fonts


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By Edo Smitshuijzen

Mashrabiyas are an iconic element of Arabic architecture. Providing shade, air circulation and privacy, all at the same time. The use of text is also iconic for Arabic (Islamic) arts and crafts. Surprisingly, text is rarely used for the production of Mashrabiyas.

This book hopes to end that situation by showing a large number of font designs that can be used to produce Mashrabiya screens. Author Edo Smitshuijzen designed a number of bi-scriptual Latin-Arabic fonts himself and found a number of fonts on the market that could also be used as Mashrabiya fonts with some adjustments. The book showcases all of these fonts, along with possible applications. Smitshuijzen also provides guidelines for anyone who wants to design Mashrabiya fonts.

This book aims to fill in a specific niche and thus enrich Arabic visual culture with this new category of fonts.

Designed by Edo Smitshuijzen

Published by Khatt Books, 2018

Softcover, 216 pages, full color, 6 × 8.25 inches

ISBN: 978-9-49-093913-7

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