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    Signs of Conflict Website (online archive)

    Signs of Conflict is a research project by Zeina Maasri

    This website wraps up the different outputs of Zeina Maasri's long-time research project since 2003 on Lebanon's civil war posters.…

  • Wars do not always affect only criminals, but many times they also destroy innocent people, especially children. This was my main…

  • Book: Farideh Shirjian

    100 +Ideas for Drama

    صد ایده ی مفید برای درام در لیست کتب پر فروش انتشارات افراز قرار گرفت

    َAfraz publishing house has recently launched a new book called "100 +Ideas for Drama". Written by:Anna Scher and Charles Verall…

  • Mehdi Saeedi - Collection of graphic works 1999 - 2004 Published in the Tehran (IR) (2005) ; about 96 pages, 17 x 24 cm,…

  • Book: cyrus highsmith

    Inside Paragraphs

    Typographic Fundamentals

    A book about what goes on inside a paragraph of printed text.

  • Book: Farah Behbehani - 30 reactions

    The Conference of the Birds

    A Study of Farid Ud-Din Attar's Poem Using Jali Diwani Calligraphy

    Based on the twelfth-century Sufi allegorical poem The Conference of the Birds, this book interprets the poems of the classic text…

  • Book: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares - 6 reactions

    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…

  • Book: Pascal Zoghbi / 29 Letters / 29LT, Don Karl

    In the light of the Arab revolutions that currently bring sweeping changes to the Middle East, this book keeps an eye on the…

  • Book: eps51 - 5 reactions


    Graphic Design from the Arab World and Persia

    Authors: Ben Wittner, Sascha Thoma, Nicolas Bourquin Release: April 2008 Available Soon! Price: € 44,00 / $ 65,00 / £ 33,00…

  • Book: Susan Hefuna

    Interview with Susan Hefuna

    by Hans Ulrich Obrist

    golden booklet: exhibition at Townhouse Gallery Cairo ISBN 978-3-939- 583-71-4 blue booklet: exhibition at ACAF, Alexandria…

  • Book: Fadi Shayya - 6 reactions

    At the Edge of the City

    Reinhabiting Public Space toward the Recovery of Beirut’s Horsh Al-Sanawbar

    Edited by Fadi Shayya Foreword by George Arbid Design by Danny Khoury ISBN 978-9953-0-1537-8 192 pages, with color photographs…

  • Publication, Book: Annelys de Vet

    010 publishers, 2007 | Edited and designed by Annelys de Vet Sublime landscapes, tranquil urban scenes, frolicking children; who…

  • Book- 11 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: Kourosh Beigpour | ڪورش بیگ‌پور |

    Et cetera

    Selected Works of graphic design by kourosh Beigpour

  • Book: Shuruq Harb

    The Keeper

    A limited edition artist book

    This book tells the story of Shuruq Harb's encounter with Mustafa, a young street vender in downtown Ramallah, who sells images…

  • کتاب تحلیل و بررسی حروف فارسی با نگاهی اجمالی به پیشینه الفبا به نحوه ی…

  • Book: James Boekbinder


    a story about parents and children

    Together with Zhenya Pashkina, I'm working on a graphic version of a non-fiction book by Judith Uyterlinde. You can read a whole…

  • animation film: Edo Smitshuijzen - 8 reactions

    Persepolis, story of an Iranian childhood

    An animated biography of an Iranian woman

    Sometimes the story about important developments in the Arab world are best told by reports about personal experiences. And…

  • Book: onish aminelahi - 1 reactionپینوکیوی-اونیش-امین-الهی-در-تقویم-صلح

  • Book: Edo Smitshuijzen - 30 reactions

    The Arabic Font Specimen book is finally published and available! Good news for all of you who have been patiently waiting.…

  • Book: Wissem El-Abed

    « Tunisie, terre de rencontres », Editions PIPPA, Collection Itinérances, 14,90 € -, +31 1 46 33 95 81

  • Book: François W. Beydoun

    ESPRIT PORCELAINE is the collective name of a group of ceramic artists with individual talents combine to provide products with a…

  • 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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