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ISBN-10: 9774168917
ISBN-13: 9789774168918
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press
Publish Date: 12/15/2020
Dimensions: 9.40" L, 8.20" W, 1.20" H

A History of Arab Graphic Design

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PROSE AWARD WINNER, ART HISTORY & CRITICISM
The first-ever book-length history of Arab graphic design

Arab graphic design emerged in the early twentieth century out of a need to influence, and give expression to, the far-reaching economic, social, and political changes that were taking place in the Arab world at the time. But graphic design as a formally recognized genre of visual art only came into its own in the region in the twenty-first century and, to date, there has been no published study on the subject to speak of.

A History of Arab Graphic Design traces the people and events that were integral to the shaping of a field of graphic design in the Arab world. Examining the work of over eighty key designers from Morocco to Iraq, and covering the period from pre-1900 to the end of the twentieth century, Bahia Shehab and Haytham Nawar chart the development of design in the region, beginning with Islamic art and Arabic calligraphy, and their impact on Arab visual culture, through to the digital revolution and the arrival of the Internet. They look at how cinema, economic prosperity, and political and cultural events gave birth to and shaped the founders of Arab graphic design.

Highlighting the work of key designers and stunningly illustrated with over 600 color images, A History of Arab Graphic Design is an invaluable resource tool for graphic designers, one which, it is hoped, will place Arab visual culture and design on the map of a thriving international design discourse.

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"Important and rich. . . an essential textbook for design educators all over the world. It's the history book I wish I had as a student, and the resource I've been missing as a practicing designer. . . .[A] significant and long overdue publication."–AIGA Eye on Design

"Highlighting the work of key designers and stunningly illustrated with over 600 color images, [the authors] look at how cinema, economic prosperity, and political and cultural events gave birth to and shaped the founders of Arab graphic design."–Holiday Powers, New Books Network

"A groundbreaking publication. . . A History of Arab Graphic Design is filled with exquisite examples and is worth buying for the images alone, but of course a better appreciation for the work and the contexts in which they were created is gained by reading the rich history that accompanies the images."–Technical Communications

"An essential new textbook for students and graphic designers from East and West"–PRINT

"Easily the best introduction to the history of modern Arab visual culture on the market today."–The Brooklyn Rail

"A landmark . . . recommended . . . This book gives a much-needed visual overview of several generations of Arab graphic designers working in Arab countries and in different diasporas and exiles. It builds a history of Arab graphic design from the origins of printing through the 21st century, bringing the work of graphic designers across the region into conversation." –M. Lynx Qualey, Al-Fanar Media

"Closing the gap on the history of Arab graphic design . . . with over 370 pages and 600 color illustrations, A History of Arab Graphic Design is an invaluable resource."–Futuress Magazine

"[O]ffers a thus far missing genealogy of Arab graphic design . . . a major feat"–The National News

"A reference work on many levels . . . [a] rich tour, well documented and supported"–Ahram Hebdo

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ISBN-10: 9774168917
ISBN-13: 9789774168918
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press
Publish Date: 12/15/2020
Dimensions: 9.40" L, 8.20" W, 1.20" H
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