Modern History of Arabic Type: The reforming projects for the Arabic Script

Session 1

Thursday, 30 September 2021

1:00 PM CST – 1:30 PM CST



  • English
The talk will focus on investigating the twentieth-century history of Arabic type design, where a new tendency of the Arabic writing system started in the Academy of Arabic language in Cairo in 1938. In which, a new form of Arabic script reformation and simplification studies started, to accompany the new technology assisted in propagating the printing industry, due to the under the growing demands for printed matters, which created an atmosphere of modernization and progressive experimentation. The result of this atmosphere of change led to a re-evaluation of the classical Arabic language taking into account its structural, written and visual aspects. The Academy of Arabic language in Cairo decided to initiate a worldwide competition to reform the Arabic writing system to solve its obstacles, about 200 projects were received.
  • Farah Abdel Hadi

    Dubai & UK

    A designer, graphic artist, educator, and researcher. Actively teaching and researching in visual communication and typography while continuing her artistic endeavour in multidisciplinary design. She is a current Ph.D. candidate in Graphic Communication and Typography at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. Holding MA in Graphic Design and Typography from Nottingham Trent University, UK. Abdel Hadi taught and practiced design in UK, topics such as: branding, Editorial design, typography: creating synergy between Arabic and Latin script.

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