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Arabesque: 2: Graphic Design from the Arab World and Persia [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Ben Wittner , Thoma Sascha

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15 Aug 2011
The wave of protests that started this year in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, and other countries have made it clear just how much the Middle East is searching for a new identity. Young designers in the region are playing a part in this movement by increasingly emancipating themselves creatively. In their work, they are charting their own compelling course between local visual convention and a modern international style. Arabesque 2 documents the potential of this current creative emancipation in the Arab world and Iran. The book features examples of recent innovative and groundbreaking design work that is inspired by the richness of the region s visual culture. Given the important role of calligraphy in the Middle East, Arabesque 2 focuses on typography. The book presents a wide range of Arabic fonts and typefaces inspired by traditional calligraphy. These are accompanied by a rich selection of applications. Select examples of design and graffiti serve as powerful demonstrations of how text can be used illustratively. This work is particularly relevant to those creating street art and poster design. Arabesque 2 also features graphic design, logos, editorial design, and illustration by young designers and activists from Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates. Regardless of the location and nationality of their creators, all of the examples included in the book combine modern design with the traditional, letter-based canon of Arab forms in striking ways. The book s preface is written by John Martin, co-founder of Art Dubai. Additional texts and interviews describe the environments in which the featured designers and artists work. Editors Ben Wittner and Sascha Thoma round out Arabesque 2 with a CD-ROM that features four typefaces related to its themes. For exclusive previews inside and excerpts from this book, go to www.gestalten.com

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag; Har/Cdr edition (15 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3899553306
  • ISBN-13: 978-3899553307
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 24.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 699,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive showcase. Excellent book. Must have 4 Feb 2013
By Goffredo Puccetti - Published on Amazon.com
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As an European graphic designer now working in the Gulf region, I found myself profoundly ashamed of how little did I know about arabic and persian contemporary graphic design before moving here! This book is an excellent and comprehensive showcase of the works of the most prominent and emerging graphic designers and visual artists from the arab world. It is an absolute must-have for anyone interested in topic such as modern arabic type design. It is well designed with accurate information and plenty of beautiful illustrations and photos.
The book would deserve five stars if it weren't for the custom made typeface used through the book: a western typeface that mimics arabic calligraphic style. Maybe it is not entirely rational, but I just hate all these 'alì baba fonts'; of course I am all in favour of contamination and cross-cultural design; I just feel that designing a western typeface so that a lower case 'a' resemble a 'ta marbuta', the 'q' resembles a 'waa' and so on, it is not the way to achieve something new and interesting, no matter how beautifully crafted such a typeface might be.
5.0 out of 5 stars very good 28 Sep 2013
By hatim mashal - Published on Amazon.com
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* I liked this product because it is as I demand
* there is no compare with others
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5.0 out of 5 stars good deal 10 Jan 2013
By chaka brown freeman - Published on Amazon.com
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The book was in great shape, the wait time was negligible. The content was amazing and I would suggest it for others.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 13 Oct 2012
By colleen costello - Published on Amazon.com
I think it's stunning. Contemporary graphic design featured in a beautiful book. I found this review online and bought the book after, it did not disappoint.
2 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars very very modern 27 April 2012
By Susan Woodward - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book hoping for lots of examples of middle eastern design to inspire quilts -- tiles, fabrics, embroideries, architectural design, etc. That's not what this is (despite the cover art, which is beautiful and suggests such a thing). There are many many examples of typefaces for Arabic which might be useful to some people. The designs for signs, websites, graffiti, and advertising are, to my eye, rather junky, images that I would rather not gaze at for very long. Lots of scribbling, images on top one another (I suppose this is stylish), and cartoon-like art. It wasn't what I was hoping for and I will discard this book in the next trip to Goodwill.
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