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Arabian desert packaging

Posted by rod - 29.01.2015

Arabian desert packaging

TSMGO created the lovely Arabian desert packaging for La Queleña

“Using a graphic code that reminds us of the Arabian value of the origin of the dessert (the use of almonds is important in all Arabian desserts) a frame was created in which each of the packaging models reinforces the visual coherence of the whole range, making the provenance and birth of the recipe more understandable.”

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Doha International Airport wayfinding pictograms

Posted by rod - 09.10.2014

Doha International Airport wayfinding pictograms

“Italian design studio FM milano worked on the wayfinding, pictogram system and the decorations (wall partitions, wall engravings, carpets, curtains etc.) of all the lounges and the public activity nodes of the New International Hamad Airport in Qatar.

Designing a complex identity for large public spaces requires a workflow that involves coordinated complexity. Avoiding the trap of customizing each element of the project with its own distinct peculiarly. studio FM milano has created a system that generates differences within the same family. Starting from the generating stam cell of a simplified master plan of the airport, we ensured a coherent language to the entire identity.

We took inspiration from traditional arabesque decoration to create the basic alphabet for everything. By turning the simplified plan around a center with different angles and points of rotation, we generated a grid for the distinctive pictogram set and for all the patterns that identify all the different spaces of the airport. The interior design project is by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel & Partners.”

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Dubai map illustration by Josh Cochran for Better Homes

Posted by rod - 25.11.2013

Dubai map illustration by Josh Cochran for Better Homes

Dubai based design studio Moloobhoy & Brown were approached by Better Homes to create a one dimensional map of Dubai as part of the ongoing brand refresh. Together with New York illustrator Josh Cochran they created a playful and detailed Dubai map illustration. The team explored the extreme clichés of Dubai, together with showcasing the various districts of the city and the very different personalities and characteristics married to each of those areas.

“From vibrant Downtown and Marina, to the older district of Deira around Dubai Creek. The fantasy hotels, villas on the Palm, racecourse, ski slope, bustling sidewalks at the base of the city’s skyscrapers and more importantly the people that make this city buzz. There is something for everyone to discover.”

 

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Habibis – Arabic-Mexican fusion taqueria identity

Posted by rod - 29.10.2013

Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico, Habibis is a fusion restaurant between Arabic and Mexican. The taco stand approached Anagrama to create a brand identity that adapts stylised Arabic calligraphy to a typical Mexican street setting.

“Deep research and careful understanding of the Arabic alphabet was needed to design, using calligraphic pens and special brushes, the various words and signage in both Arabic and Latin. The custom type is accompanied by Gotham, a gentle and neutral typeface that would allow the bespoken logotypes to stand out above everything else. The pattern is based on traditional keffiyeh (a Middle Eastern headdress fashioned from a square scarf) and gorgeously intrinsic mosaic patterns.”

I quite like the identity but I miss the Mexican influence in the identity after all thats what makes the place unique

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Beautiful Arabic typeface – Fekrah

Posted by rod - 12.08.2013

What do you guys think about this beautiful arabic typeface called Fekrah, which was designed by Mostafa El Abasiry?

 

“Translated from Arabic, the word “Fekrah” means Idea. Fekrah is a contemporary Arabic typeface which is mainly designed for attractive identity development, beside logos and other modern design projects. Font is available in opaque and outlined.”

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Heritage of Qatar illustrations

Posted by rod - 03.07.2013

Doha designer Khawar Bilal created a series of illustrations which add up the heritage of Qatar for “Qatar Souvenirs”. Amongst the illustrations is Qatar’s national animal the Oryx which is also featured on the Qatar airways tail, the Qatari Dhow, Al Zubarah Fort and th Barzan tower. The series was meant to be printed on posters, mugs, t-shirts, poster, etc.Heritage of Qatar illustration Heritage of Qatar illustration Heritage of Qatar illustration Heritage of Qatar illustration Heritage of Qatar illustration Heritage of Qatar illustration Heritage of Qatar illustration  Heritage of Qatar illustration

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Rounded arabic font

Posted by rod - 22.04.2013

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Usually Arabic fonts are designed with sharp edges and appear for non-arabic speakers complex. Mostafa El Abasiry created the Aqlaam font, which is a rounded font that is specially designed for public advertising and publications. To enriching the readability experience, the stem volumes were unified in all letters, numbers and special characters. If you like this font you can buy it here.

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The Modern Arabic Machine installation

Posted by rod - 18.04.2013

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This is quite an interesting installation by Mounir Fatmi. I love the animated arabic typography that forms the machinery.

“mounir fatmi’s oeuvre has often displayed a fraught relationship to architecture, addressing the dystopic effects of the modernist experiment or arrogant contemporary displays of power and economic might. “Modern Times” explores architecture in the Middle East, raising the question of the human impact of this unrelenting construction machine.

The artist is sympathetic to Chaplin’s character, whose slapstick encounter with the factory machine suggeststhe human obstacle to a perfectly streamlined, mechanical production. mounir fatmi explains: “I want to be the product that the machine fails, otherwise one will think that the machine is perfect”

 

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Nøgne ø dark horizon 3 edition label

Posted by rod - 19.12.2012

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Norwegian brewery Nøgne ø which means (naked island) is a rather experimental brewery located in Grimstad, Norway. One of their one off beers caught my eye the other day called Dark Horizon 2. edition. It was the design of the beer label that impressed me. The 2nd edition of Dark Horizon label features a lion created out of Arabic calligraphy which is printed over the “Ø” mark. I couldn’t find anywhere, why they feature Arabic calligraphy on the label but I guess it is the Arabic coffee taste mixed with beer which is gave the designers the idea.

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Digital Arabic font

Posted by rod - 25.10.2012

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Seeing the Arabic Raqami font is quite different to other Arabic fonts which are usually very elegant and humanistic. The Raqami font was designed by Egyptian designer Mostafa El Abasiry. If you fancy you can download a free demo version here.

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Al-Kafiye, a story of design and identity

Posted by rod - 11.06.2012

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Hala A.Malak and Tarek Atrissi recently launched their latest initiative the KAFLAB Foundation. The aim is to create a platform which dedicates to re-define the Arab identity though design. Starting from the initial question of ‘What Arab is’, Kaflab looks to analyze the elements, symbols and icons that truly define this rich culture.

Their first project is dedicated to the Kafiye

“The Kafiye is the strongest symbol to come out of the Arab contemporary world. The story of this powerful symbol, accessory and design detail has played many parts in diverse phases and keeps adapting with globalization and time. Treading the realms of street, politics, revolution, traditional garb, trends and catwalks, this object has transcended form and various functions to become more than just a simple item, but an experience even. The core article still exists in a relatively constant variant and yet numerous distortions have popped up simultaneously. What does this all mean? How can we use this to our advantage as Arabs especially in light of all recent events?”

Check out how Nike incorporated the Kafiye pattern into their Nike Jackets.

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Oman Desert

Posted by rod - 06.04.2012

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Architect and photographer Petros N. Zouzoulas had the chance to escape into the Sultanate of Oman to take some amazing photos of the desert.

“I’ve had the rare privilege to travel and camp through much of the Sultanate of Oman.  This rather brief photographic essay of landscapes was taken over a period of 5 years from 2007-2012.  The locations range from the far northern parts of Oman in Mussandam to the Hajar mountains in central Oman.  While many of these places appeared rather untouched in my earlier visits, new access to many of these sites has brought people and along with them trash which has scarred the landscape.  I will not reveal the location of any further for fear that I would further accelerate the demise of this land by those who would pollute it.

The Sultanate of Oman has provided us quiet refuge from the city lights and fast moving pace from our work in Dubai.  Beside its grand mountains and endless sky, we have been reminded that we are small beings under the heavens.  For this privilege I’d like to thank the Sultan of Oman for his generosity for allowing westerners like myself to experience his wonderful country.”

 

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Arabic typography inspiration

Posted by rod - 02.02.2012

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This is the work of Jordan visual artist Ahmad Sabbagh who has experimented with Arabic type. Personally I find the simple designs which use blocks visually very interesting. If you need more arabic typography inspiration you should brows though the Arabia design archive.

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24 hours in Doha

Posted by rod - 20.12.2011

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Over the past months you most probably have seen quite a few 24 hours in… illustrations by Fernando Volken Togni. Type into the search box, top right hand corner” 24 hours in” and a whole bunch of illustrations will appear from around the world. These illustrations just so fit into the CreativeRoots art and design from around the world concept. This 24 hours in Doha, illustration is no exception. Keep them coming Fernando.

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Dubai Graphic Encyclopedia

Posted by rod - 15.12.2011

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Brussels Sprout recently published the Dubai Graphic Encyclopedia which is a visual and graphic compilation of Dubai.

“To consider compiling an encyclopedia (of any kind) in post-Wikipedia times is an exercise in emotional withdrawal. From a position of bewilderment and confusion we choose to act by producing and employing another tool from the land of the naive and outdated, represented by encyclopedic work, devoid of all logic and meaning considering current cultural conditions and speed. What the first edition Dubai graphic and visual encyclopedia presents is a reality that acts as a counterpoint to all the excess of attempts to decipher and understand Dubai. Attempts that are mostly unable to uncover items that shed light on the question ‘What’s it all about’?”

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Arabic Calligraphy by Ahmed Alhaj

Posted by rod - 31.10.2011

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Saudi Arabian designer Ahmed Alhaj created these beautiful Arabic Calligraphy designs.

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Arabic font design by Nardine Shenouda

Posted by rod - 20.09.2011

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Cairo graphic design student Nardine Shenouda created this Arabic font design for her 6th semester. What do you guys think about it?

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Branding the Abu Dhabi TV Network

Posted by rod - 22.08.2011

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The Abu Dhabi TV Network has caught the Arabic speaking world since 1969. During its years the network has witnessed tremendous changes to its programs, content and brand identity. In 2008 ADTV re-branded its off and on-screen identities, created by Lambie-Nairn.

“Sometimes it’s all about balance. We recognised that while Abu Dhabi TV’s rebrand should position them at the forefront of the region’s progressive vision, it also needed to respect their cultural heritage and the more traditional section of their audience. Our new identity achieves the ideal balance; uplifting imagery links the past and present to ensure a strong emotional connection, a sparkling diamond represents the region’s multifaceted nature, and rich colour coding creates a flexible, modern, branded channel approach. this global outlook with a local focus proved hugely successful, helping them achieve Top 5 channel stature in the region.”

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