Book: Yasmine Nachabe Taan

Hilmi Al-Tuni, Evoking Popular Arab Culture

Illustration | Lettering | Book Design

Hilmi Al-Tuni: Book Covers - During his long career, which included a decade living and working in Beirut, Al-Tuni has produced a vast body of work. Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès

Hilmi Al-Tuni is Egyptian and one of the Arab World's most prominent and proficient illustrator and book designer. He has formed with his ubiquitous work the visual sensitivities of generations of Arab children and adults alike. He was socially motivated and believed in bringing art to the average person though design. He strove to develop a true Arab style of illustration, marrying old lettering styles, Islamic and pre-Islamic symbolism, popular culture, and a modernist style of painting. He has worked in editorial design for more than 50 years, illustrated and designed several popular magazines and many book covers for Al-Hilal publishers (Cairo), the visual identity and books for the Arab Institute for Research and Publishing (Beirut), Children's books for Dar al-Fata al-Arabi and Dar al-Shorouk children's books (Beirut and Cairo), and several other major Arab publishers. The breadth and variety of his work is presented and discussed in this highly illustrated monograph, beginning with an intimate interview with the artist/designer.

About the Arabic Design Library

Progress is built upon the achievements of predecessors. The Arabic Design Library series focuses on inspiring design achievements from the Middle East and North Africa. It aims to highlight the work of prominent Arab typographers, graphic designers and illustrators. With this series of concise monographs, Khatt Books strives to establish a visual record of Arab design history of the 20th century, and pave the way for critical writing, by Arab authors, on design from the region.

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Hilmi Al-Tuni, Evoking Popular Arab Culture
Illustration, Lettering, Book Design

Author: Yasmine Nachabe Taan
Publisher: Khatt Books, Amsterdam
Series: Arabic Design Library 1
ISBN 978-94-90939-05-2
Book design: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares
Edition: 176 p, ills colour, 17 x 24 cm, Hardback.
Languages: English & Arabic
€ 28,50

This book is also available in various international bookshops. In Beirut: Sursock Museum Store, Virgin Megastore, Papercup and Librairie Antoine. In Dubai: Kinokunia.