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Complexities and Simplifications:

Counterpoints in Arabic typography
When Wed 09 Oct 0900
Where Krasnapolsky A
What Non-Latin
Who Titus Nemeth

Drawing on my PhD research about Arabic type making, I am going to present two, seemingly contradictory, notions of Arabic type design: Complexity and Simplification. These two themes, the apparent complexity of the Arabic script, and the perceived necessity of its Simplification – suggested for many a reason – are recurring in the evolution of Arabic type design. Throughout the 20th century the question of how to reproduce the Arabic script in type gave rise to widely differing approaches, distributed over the entire spectrum between the two extremes. This presentation proposes to investigate these notions and some solutions to their apparent contradiction by select historical case studies.

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