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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: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares - 7 reactions

    Typographic Matchmaking in the City

    Propositions for a Pluralist Public Space

    To order your copy please go to For browsing though the book, click here to see some sample 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:

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    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…

  • Book: Yousef Ahmadi
  • Book: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares
  • Publication, magazine: Alessandro Ludovico

    new Neural issue celebrating 20 years of publishing

  • 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…

  • Book: Yara Khoury Nammour - 1 reaction

    Nasri Khattar, A Modernist Typotect

    Fighting Illiteracy with Type Design

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

  • 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…

  • The Splendor of Islamic Calligraphy, widely acclaimed on first publication as the most lavish and sumptuous study of its kind,…

  • Book: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares
  • 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: 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…

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