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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: eL Seed

    Lost Walls

    A Calligraffiti journey through Tunisia

    Lost or forgotten were the walls that now proudly carry the messages of calligraffiti artist eL Seed. "Lost Walls", his first book,…

  • 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: Mostafa El Abasiry

    Arabigram Typeface

    How to get the best use of

    By Mostafa Al Abasiry A free guide that displays the best use of Arabigram typeface. Arabigram Font is available at Creative Market

  • Book

    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.…

  • 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…

  • 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: 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, magazine: Alessandro Ludovico

    new Neural issue celebrating 20 years of publishing

  • Book: Michael Rock

    Multiple Signatures

    On Designers, Authors, Readers and Users

    By Michael Rock Published by Rizzoli, New York 2013. (To order your copy visit ) Multiple Signatures explores the…

  • Book: sultan maqtari - 5 reactions

    تعلم الكتابة اليدوية بخط الرقعة

    يصدر المصمم والخطاط سلطان المقطري قريبا كتاباً جديداً يتضمن طريقة مختلفة عن الطرق السابقة في تعلم الكتابة اليدوية بحروف خط الرقعة.

    أن هذا الكتاب مخصص لفئات عمرية متنوعة ومكرس للكتابة على الورق مباشرة…

  • 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: 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: 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…

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