Arabic Typography and Calligraphy

majix's picture

Hi Everyone,
I'm a calligrapher and typographer who works mainly with Arabic .. yet I have a lot of tendencies to merge the modern design theory into my work but still in early stages...

Arabic characters are so organic and complicated compared to Latin characters and the lack of Typography development in this part of the world makes it even harder to explore the field more. so I'm looking here for feedback and critique to my personal works (link below) hopefully it will open my eyes to more inspirational opportunities

http://majidalyousef.com/
check the calligraphy and logotype galleries

thank you :-)

AzizMostafa's picture

> Arabic characters are so organic and complicated compared to Latin characters and the lack of Typography development in this part of the world makes it even harder to explore the field more.

1. Arabic Typography:
http://www.qalambartar.com/

2. Arabic Calligraphy:
http://typophile.com/node/48495

3. Arabic Typography + Calligraphy
http://typophile.com/forum/366

Happy exploring with Flowers

majix's picture

Thank you for sharing these links Aziz, I know that the Iranians are doing a progressive work in this field.
some of these fonts are cool and some are just fonts :) I understand the technical difficulties. some of the fonts that resembles actual calligraphy scripts look so poor aesthetically compared to the authentic style, in the same time there is no much of characteristic that gives certain fonts graphical substance like their western counterparts.

AzizMostafa's picture

> some of the fonts that resembles actual calligraphy scripts look so poor aesthetically compared to the authentic style

Including Rayhan?!
http://typophile.com/files/Rayhan.pdf

> there is no much of characteristic that gives certain fonts graphical substance like their western counterparts.

Including Mostafa?!
http://Typophile.com/node/82256

majix's picture

thank you for the example, the Rayhan looks nice for such a complex style. I like though the way you can use marks and accents like in handmade calligraphy.

there are though some notes I think this image will make my point clearer when talking about the specific calligraphy aesthetics. I know Rayhani calligraphy itself is an old style and was not matured enough compared to Thuluth which has superb proportions and beautiful details ..

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