Abdulkader Arnaout: Designing as Visual Poetry

Book Signing at the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University

23 Jan 2018

Please join the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill for a book launch in the presence of the author Yasmine Nachabe Taan, for her book Abdulkader Arnaout: Designing as Visual Poetry.

This is an event organized in collaboration with Khatt Books in Amsterdam and Société Gilgamesh in Montreal.

Entrance: Free and open to the public

Venue: McGill campus, Arts Building, 853 Sherbrooke Street West, room 230 Arts

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Abdulkader Arnaout (1936-1992) is a pioneer graphic designer in Syria. A passionate poet, painter, typographer, and designer, Arnaout designed more than 600 posters and around 300 book covers among other design applications such as Arabic fonts and logos. This book examines the large collection of posters designed for the Damascus International Fair during more than 40 years among many other modernist designs by Arnaout that highly contributed to the development of graphic design and typography in Syria and the Arab World.

This book is part of the series: The Arabic Design Library, a concise series of design monographs, spanning the period of 1960s–1980s in the Arab World.

Speaker/Auhtor: Yasmine Nachabe Taan is Associate Professor at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. Her research focuses on gender representation, design, media, photography and visual culture in the Middle East and North Africa. She publishes on visual culture in a number of international journals. She has illustrated more than 20 children’s books and participated in a number of residencies in Berlin, Cairo, Beirut and Bratislava. Her artwork was exhibited in New York, Berlin and Beirut. She is the author of Hilmi al-Tuni, Evoking Arab Popular Culture (Khatt Books, 2014).

For more information about the book and to have a look inside, please visit the Khatt Books website at www.khattbooks.com


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