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Arabesque: Graphic Design from the Arab World and Persia Paperback – October 1, 2009

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Cutting-edge graphic work from the Arab world and Iran that is emblematic of the cultural emancipation of this entire area. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gestalten Verlag; Pap/Cdr edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3899552687
  • ISBN-13: 978-3899552683
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,225,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Goffredo Puccetti on February 3, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
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This is a pretty book but it is too focused on work that is esoteric and/or avant-garde. There is little in the way of mass communication on display, so don’t expect to learn much about graphic design that Arabic-speakers encounter in their daily lives.
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Met my expectations perfectly. For me as a graphic designer this is more than just beautiful pictures, this is about how arabic culture is used in different ways as illustrative type, and how arab comunicates itself. I use it not only for inspiration, but for understanding how arab is composed. Great book for you if you're working with arabic type, as inspiration and referents. And it is so beautiful, that you'll probably be having it somewhere everybody that visits you could see it.
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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.
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