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Author Huda Smitshuizen AbiFarès
Language English, Dutch
Pages 396
Size 28 × 21 cm
ISBN 978-9490939014
Binding sewn papeback
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Typographic Matchmaking in the City was a design research project investigating new approaches for bilingual lettering in public space. The project brought together Dutch and Middle Eastern designers who collaborated on designing new bilingual typefaces conceived for 3-dimensional space. The end result of this project was 5 new bilingual font families (Arabic & Latin) created for urban public spaces. The project team included designers such as Max Kisman, Melle Hammer, René Knip, Jeroen van Erp, Erik van Blokland, Artur Schmal, Pascal Zoghbi, Naji El Mir, Hisham Youssef, Joumana Al Jabri, Yara Khoury, Wael Morcos, Reza Abedini, KhaJag Apelian, and STEALTH.

This 396-page book, boasting nearly 1,000 illustrations, offers rich documentation of the project and its research trajectory. It provides specific observations on both disparate and shared principles of the Latin and Arabic scripts, and on cultural and architectural conventions for the use of typographic design in three-dimensional urban spaces in different cities and cultural contexts.

The authors of the accompanying essays include Dr Howayda Al-Harithy (American University of Beirut), Zeina Maasri (American University of Beirut), Fadi Shayya (Dar al Handasah), Todd Reisz (Al Manakh 2, editor), Gerard Hadders, Sinan Hassan, Hashim Sarkis and Peter Biľak. The book was designed by Atelier Carvalho Bernau. Trilingual: Dutch, English and Arabic.