Talking About Arabic
- Page Count: 80
- Size: 8 x 11 inches
- Format: Paperback
- Publication Date: April 2009
- Price: $16.95
- ISBN: 978-0-9795546-6-7
In Talking About Arabic Mourad Boutros, author of Arabic for Designers, enlists his professional peers to examine the global context for contemporary Arabic design and typography. The thematic thread that runs through every article, case study and illustration is how technological advances have furthered, and changed, the use of Arabic throughout the world, whether it is printed or found online. Detailed accounts of how advances in font technology have permitted digitized Arabic to accurately represent the Arabic calligraphic tradition provide a discourse for Arabic and non-Arabic speakers alike to consider the language’s cultural, religious and aesthetic issues in the 21st century.
Talking About Arabic includes contributions from Thomas Milo, Halim Choueiry, Kamel Gaddas, David Learman, George Kandalaft, Allan Halley and Raymond Atallah, all of whom are considered some of the world’s foremost experts on designing with Arabic. Their illustrated essays cover topics ranging from the nuances and holy influences of Arabic, the development of contemporary Arabic fonts and multilingual Web design.
From an overview of Arabic typography over the past 50 years to the creation of Tanseek, the first font to permit Latin and Arabic typography to exist on the same page in total typographic harmony, Talking About Arabic will appeal to all readers wanting to expand their knowledge of Arabic as it relates to graphic design and typography.
Mourad Boutros is a partner in Boutros International, headed by Mourad and Arlette Boutros. He has led the field of Arabic creativity, typography, calligraphy and design for more than 40 years.