Art and Design

Syrian Design Archive

Bookmarked Syrian Print Archive • Instagram (

Design & Typography found in Syrian Prints.

More in the non-Western design front.

Very cool project, though it makes me sad this is all only on social media so they don’t really own it and it’s not searchable. #ownyourdata

Highlighted examples pulled from It’s Nice That.

Palestinian Literature Series, New Culture House, 1989-1991, Cover design Mouneer Alshaarani

Getting some Secession vibes from that calligraphy. I usually worry that green and red is going to be Christmas-y but don’t feel that at all here.

International Fair of Damascus Posters, 1980, Design: Abdulkader Arnaout

This is rad and love the color palette. If you told me this was designed now I wouldn’t bat an eye. But can also see the 1980 in it 😉

Art and Design

Modern Arabic calligraphy

Liked Type foundry Boharat Cairo on the vast possibilities of Arabic type design (

In conversation with Abdo Mohamad of Boharat Cairo, we find out how the Egyptian capital is full of typographic inspiration.

Foundry website

I’ve been wanting to see more design work from outside the western world – and especially curious to see how artistically other scripts can be written, as a way to learn more about the letterforms by seeing what is carried over between fonts. Calligraphy creates art on its own, as the designer points out.

(I requested the reference librarian recommend me books from the library, and they had basically none in their collection (a 1980s book on African textile patterns, a Japanese shop sign book that had few and small images) – and King County has one of the highest circulating libraries in the US, so I doubt many other collections include this either. They also had nothing on female graphic designers, so I suggested one to buy 👍 No wonder aesthetics are converging, if we’re all looking at the same sources of inspiration.)