NUQTA: Arabic Typography gets its App

Launching at Dubai Art Week

21 Mar 2013

NUQTA, A unique mobile and web app for Arabic calligraphy, typography, art and design, will start its launch ‘tour’ in Dubai during the region’s most prestigious cultural season. The launch will take place at one of Dubai’s freshest venues – The Archive, Safa Park. The Nuqta app will be available for free download from 21st March 2013 when it is launched for iPhones. There will be a later release for androids and tablets.

Free Entry. Refreshments and canapés will be served.

NuqtaAppLogo-iPhone - Soraya Syed, Mukhtar Sanders

Positioned to become the “Wikipedia” of Arabic typography and calligraphy.

For the first time ever, a new App for web and mobile devices, has been developed to link designers, artists, calligraphers, researchers and enthusiasts using Arabic. The London-based team behind the project, is led by award-winning graphic designer Mukhtar Sanders and professional calligrapher Soraya Syed.

“The application is simple,” said Mukhtar Sanders whose team developed the technology for NUQTA. “You take a photo of a piece of Arabic writing or calligraphy, give it a name and description, drop a pin (a “nuqta”) on the map indicating where you’re located and share your image with the world.”

The worldwide map facility can be accessed through the NUQTA website: www.nuqta.com. The website features an online photo library, user profiles and browsing versatility, by location, style and user.

“Words pervade our society,” said Soraya Syed. “We are surrounded by words, by writing, expressed in calligraphy and typography, wherever we look: in advertising, art and publishing, on the streets, in movies and television, in graffiti and across the worldwide web. We’ve created NUQTA as a global digital resource for anyone with an interest in typography and calligraphy, from classically trained calligraphers to fine artists and graffiti artists to professional designers, scholars and researchers and enthusiasts – anyone who loves words and writing. Our long-term vision is for Nuqta to become the ‘Wikipedia’ of Arabic typography and calligraphy.”

Nuqta has been endorsed by the Khatt Foundation, Amsterdam.

//For further information, please contact://
Soraya Syed: +44 7957 276 740, soraya@artofthepen.com
Mukhtar Sanders: +7956 478 181, mukhtar@inspiraldesign.com