The Spring of Arabic Typography
In the absence of exuberant political thought, Arab youth have taken refuge in the arts. One impressive aspect that Kameel has witnessed through the work that is disseminated on social media, to spite all borders, is that Arabic type design has finally been liberated from the subservience to the limited styles of inherited traditional calligraphy. Yet in the same token, formations of modernized calligraphy started finding new visual expression too. It is exactly three decades ago that Almohtaraf design house, several typefaces widely used have been designed in the same spirit, steering away from limiting traditional practices. In his talk, Kameel will share insights from his long quest to find, develop and disseminate beautiful new shapes.
About Kameel Hawa
Kameel Hawa draws, paints, sculpts and designs. He creates fonts, and projects words into art pieces. He founded AlMohtaraf in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, one of the leading design houses in the region. AlMohtaraf has incubated and inspired many designers over the past thirty years. He is the recipient of several awards including two Typographic Excellence awards from TDC.
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