Arabic Calligraphy

Hello there. I know I already posted this in the "Logos / Corporate ID Design" section, but I will delete whichever gets feedback first because I thought it qualified for both. Ok, so this is a new logo for an Islamic TV station. The name in English is Qubaa (which is a reference to the first mosque built in Islam). After going through a number of different iterations, the client chose a Kufic script (like the one in the first image), which I fine-tuned into what became the fourth image. The client requested that I transform the first letter, the "qaf", into the Dome of the Rock, the Medinah mosque dome, as well as the Kaaba (in Makkah) respectively. The reason for this is because these three sites are the holiest in Islam.

Hello there. Ok, so this is a new logo for an Islamic TV station. The name in English is Qubaa (which is a reference to the first mosque built in Islam). After going through a number of different iterations, the client chose a Kufic script (like the one in the first image), which I fine-tuned into what became the fourth image. The client requested that I transform the first letter, the "qaf", into the Dome of the Rock, the Medinah mosque dome, as well as the Kaaba (in Makkah) respectively. The reason for this is because these three sites are the holiest in Islam. I abstracted them and added them instead of the first letter, but kept the two dots of the letter qaf above each symbol to retain a certain degree of legibility.

I came up with a new concoction which is a cross between Arabic Letterism and Generative Art.

Arabic Letterism has been around in the Arab countries for more than three decades now. The works of one its most notable artist, Nja Mahdaoui, have inspired me very much when I saw them, and one of my first abstract art works in 1984 was a Letterism piece in which I tried to copy Mahdaoui's style.

I want to share this typography with you, original arabic calligraphy inspires me from long time in different medias.
This is my last work on that theme.
http://www.inocuothesign.com/portfolio/114/promo-lirico?lang=en

My problem, ladies and gentlemen, is self-branding.

I am a designer / Arabic calligrapher / filmmaker / human rights activist. Since my work is very eclectic and it comes as an extension of my personality, I cannot decide on a way to represent all of these different facets in a simple, clever way:

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Tugra

The Tugra is a fantastic calligraphic device. It was invented by Uthmani calligraphers to represent the seal of the Uthmani Sultan. However, it is now used for various sorts of calligraphic representations such as Quranic script, signatures, and logos.

In an article on the Tugra, I demonstrate how non-Arabs have contributed to the Arabic script, particularly in the refinement of the Thuluth calligraphic style and the invention of the Tugra by the Uthmani Turks. I also try to show the origins of the shape of the Turga and analyze its visual characteristics. Finally, I show the impact of the Tugra on the design of modern logos such as that used by Al-Jazerra and by Bahrain TV.

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