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  • Book: Edo Smitshuijzen

    Sculpting Type

    An Introduction to CNC Typography

    An essential and inspiring book on 3D Typography that explains the basic and varied manufacturing technologies, among which 3D printing.

  • Book: Yasmine Nachabe Taan

    Hilmi Al-Tuni, Evoking Popular Arab Culture

    Illustration | Lettering | Book Design

    The first in the series Arabic Design Library by Khatt Books. It is a concise and highly illustrated bilingual account (in both…

  • This book explores the design and manufacturing of Syrian Lingerie like you have not seen it before. Co Edited with Malu Halasa,…

  • Book

    Aswat al Abjaddyah

    The Sounds of the Alphabet

    Aswat Al Abjaddyah started with a font, Tabati , created by Lara Assouad Khoury, a typographic expression of a story (also titled…

  • Book: Dr Geoffrey Roper


    Their place in history and in print

    By Mark Arman. Published by: The Workshop Press, Thaxted 1988. xii, 51 pp. ISBN: 0 9509292 4 7

  • Book: Dr Geoffrey Roper

    Washington: Committee on Arabic and Islamic Studies of the American Council of Learned Societies, 1944. [viii], 370pp.

  • Book: Dr Geoffrey Roper

    A systematic and well illustrated account of more than 200 abortive schemes for modifying the Arabic script to meet the needs of…

  • Book: Dr Geoffrey Roper

    Tarikh-fann-al-tiba`a fi al-mashreq

    History of the art of printing in the Arab east

    لويس شيخو. تاريخ فن الطباعة في المشرق. طبعة ثانية، بيروت: دار المشرق،…

  • Book: Dr Geoffrey Roper

    From manuscript to printed book in the Islamic world

    Catalogue of an exhibition organized by Eleazar Birnbaum, Virginia Aksan, Michael McCaffrey, Noha Sadek.

    Toronto : Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 1989. [ii, 33] pp. 8 illustrations (facsimiles).

  • Book- 7 reactions

    HABIBI by Craig Thompson

    Book Review by Reem Aboulhosn

    As a lover and devourer of graphic novels, I found myself surprisingly short for words and intimidated when asked to review Habibi,…

  • Book: Dr Geoffrey Roper - 1 reaction

    Tarikh-al-tiba`a fi al-sharq al-arabi

    History of printing in the Arab east

    خليل صابات. تاريخ الطباعة في الشرق العربي. طبعة ثانية، القاهرة: دار…

  • Book: Nadine Touma - 1 reaction

    Flip Beirut Flip

    An anthology of the city of Beirut by 12 artists

    12 flip books about Beirut, using photography, charcoal drawing, collage, digital 3d media...

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