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This reading list is compiled by recommendation from the khatt network community and is meant to educate and provide valuable sources for those interested in design and visual communication in the Middle East. Join us as a member and contribute your list of favorite and relevant books, magazines and other resources.

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  • 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: Kambiz Shafei

    Iranian Typography : 50 YEARS OF CALLIGRAPHY AND TYPOGRAPHY IN IRANIAN GRAPHIC DESIGN

    Exhibition of 50 Years of Iranian Typography at the Basel School of Design FHNW/HGK, 2007

    isbn 9789646994584   NAZAR PUBLISHERS Available at www.ideabooks.nl for  €31,20  A treasure trove of 50 years of…

  • 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,…

  • 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: Farzan Kermaninejad - 3 reactions

    Packaging Design

    in Introduction

    This book covered all aspects and dimensions of Packaging Design in Persian language. This observations comprise of history, styles,…

  • Publication: Ganzeer - 2 reactions

    Shakloh magazine

    Online Visual PDF Magazine For Arab Artists

    SHAKLOH is a free monthly PDF entirely visual magazine acting as a space of expression and promotion for Arab artists, designers,…

  • Book: Sajad Mahdizadeh . Seccad Mehdizade

    THE FIRST IRAN’S PRESS CARTOON FESTIVAL

    THE FIRST IRAN’S PRESS CARTOON FESTIVAL - نخستین جشنواره ملی کارتون و کاریکاتور مطبوعاتی ایران

  • Book: Sep Riyahi, Natalie Maydell, Heba Amin

    Extraordinary Women

    from the Muslim World

    Extraordinary Women from the Muslim World tells the stories of the thirteen women who overcame adversity to make their unique…

  • Publication: Hatem Imam, fdz bx

    Samandal Comics

    Quarterly tri-lingual comics magazine from the Middle East

    The comic book, in its present day form, is regarded as an imported medium to the Arab world. Samandal (Salamander in Arabic), a…

  • Book: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares - 7 reactions

    Typographic Matchmaking in the City

    Propositions for a Pluralist Public Space

    To order your copy please go to http://www.khattbooks.com/ For browsing though the book, click here to see some sample pages .

  • Book: Nadine Chahine, Reza Abedini, Hassan Massoudi, eL Seed, Wissam Shawkat, Iman Raad

    Hand to Type is a stunning compilation of hand-made and digital scripts that showcases the beauty of handwritten letterforms. The…

  • 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

    Pour une typographie arabe

    contribution technique à la démocratisation de la culture arabe

    HAMM, Roberto. Paris: Sindbad, 1975. 196pp.

  • 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...

  • Book: onish aminelahi - 1 reaction

    http://www.rasm.ir/default.asp?Aid=4339 http://graphicnet.ir/10584/پینوکیوی-اونیش-امین-الهی-در-تقویم-صلح

  • Book: Edo Smitshuijzen

    The signage canon finally has its own dedicated textbook Smitshuijzen, Edo. Lars Müller Publishers. Switzerland. 2007. Euros…

  • Book: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares - 11 reactions

    Typographic Matchmaking

    This book is out of print

    Copyright©2007. Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares Published by BIS Publishers, Amsterdam. 2007 ISBN 978-90-6369-124-0 A new edition…

  • Book: Kameel Hawa

    A Word Art !

    Animation of lettering and thoughts

    If anything has frontiers it is art; if anything has no frontiers it is art. Take my ‘word art’ for it.

  • Book: Raymond Prucher

    talib type

    tbp [to be published] April 08

    I for one am weary of the East and West being presented within the frame of what we can learn from one another, sitting at a table…

  • Book: James Boekbinder

    Het stempel (The stamp)

    a story about parents and children

    Together with Zhenya Pashkina, we've just published a graphic version of a non-fiction book by Judith Uyterlinde. You can read pages…

  • Book: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares - 1 reaction

    Arabic Type Design for Beginners

    A bilingual and illustrated guidebook to Arabic type design

    To order your copy or browse through the book please click here: http://www.khattbooks.com

  • Book

    Language Culture Type:

    International Type Design in the Age of Unicode

    Language Culture Type grew out of the first international type-design competition, the 2001 bukva:raz!, whose goal was to promote…

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