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2001

Arabic Typography

A comprehensive sourcebook

copyright © Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès, 2001
Originally published by Saqi Books, London ISBN 0-86356-347-3
This book is out of print

This is a comprehensive study, and practical reference, of Arabic letterforms and styles beginning with a concise historical overview of the development of Arabic typography through to modern designs and technological advancements.

REVIEWS:
'Astonishing . . . a masterwork . . . offers a thorough foundation in Arabic typography and type design.' --Ken Friedman," Design Research News"

'A sound volume for the student and interested professional alike. Further type design developments, will be assisted, if not provoked, by Arabic Typography.' --"Baseline"

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 en ever-growing interest in typography across many fields of visual communication, where text and letterforms play a central role in disseminating social trends and reflecting 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 latest design and technological advances. 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 improvement and innovation in future type design creations.

Going beyond the historical facts, Arabic Typography discusses modern design issues pertaining to the creation and production of letterforms, it 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 as an educational guide for design students, professionals and anyone who uses Arabic type and enjoys the visual appearance of this language and its letterforms.

copyright © Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès, 2001
Published by Saqi Books, London
ISBN 0-86356-347-3

Comments (6)

in which library in beirut we can found the arabic typographie book

plz i want to know in which library in beirut we cant found the arabic typographie book for huda abi fares. bc i didn't found it.
plz replay in my email zazou_1999 @hotmail.com or zeinab512@hotmail.com

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27 Oct 2009, 16:08

Arabic Typography

Dear Huda,

I am writing on behalf of Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. I am trying to get hold of Arabic Typograhy for our professors and students in the Graphic Design Department.You might know Diane Michael who is one of the professors. I have contacted the publisher and they told me the rights have been reverted to you. We would really like to get this book I think at least 50-100 copies. Please let me know what you suggest.
Thanks
Nadia Khan
Bookstore Manager,
Virginia Commomwealth University Qatar
PO Box 8095,Doha,Qatar
TeleFax: +974 492 7220
nkahn@qatar.vcu.edu

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14 Jan 2010, 11:30

A new edition

A new edition of this book will be coming out sometime in the future. Let us know of your interest and reserve a copy ahead of time.

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13 Dec 2010, 8:56

Re: A new edition

Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares:
A new edition of this book will be coming out in 2012. Let us know of your interest and reserve a copy ahead of time.

very interested in an updated version, i am currently working on a calligraphic exploration project as part of my BA in Graphic Design at the University of Brighton, This is my first serious exploration into arabic calligraphy. I will be in Egypt this summer could you suggest any important places of reference for Calligraphic work?

Many thanks

Sharif
sharifelsabagh_9@hotmail.com

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25 May 2011, 12:39

Typography Book

Dear Huda,

I am Communication design student. I am interested to buy this book. How can i find it in Dubai? Please, give me location.

Many thanks,
Maria.

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25 Oct 2011, 15:21

Re: New Edition

Hi, i am interested to buy this book. It would be great if anyone suggest from where i can order this book.

Thank You!!
Pradnya naik

India

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19 Feb 2012, 18:01

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