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History Meets Design

A roundup of design related history starts now. History of Typography Check out this synopsis of the history of typography through a fun short paper-letter animation. It’s both entertaining and educational. In order to complete the animation, it…

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MEDEA Symposium in Jordan

The second annual MEDEA symposium was held April 4-5 in the welcoming city of Amman, Jordan. The thematic agenda for the symposium was a focus on the development of MEDEA’s strategic plan including, promoting and sharing research activities,…

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Expressive Arabic Typography

Arabic typography is growing and evolving in new and wonderful ways. Modern, traditional, cultural, and contemporary – there is much to explore in this exciting field of design. “Young designers in the MENA region have started to modernize…

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Mehdi Saeedi at VCUQ

I am thoroughly inspired by the work of Iranian typographer and calligrapher, Mehdi Saeedi. Not only is the breadth of his work impressive, but his ability to integrate contemporary graphic design with traditional Iranian calligraphy is exceptional….

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Sealine Qatar Field Study

The Senior graphic design students certainly delivered a fabulous location for the Department’s biannual in-country field study. Serving as the primary organizers of the trip, the students led the Department in a Bedouin-style adventure to discover Qatari…

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Type in Motion

From historic accounts to pure inspiration, typography is alive and well in the field of motion design. Sweeping Beauty Beautiful “Calligraffiti” (Calligraphy + Graffiti) by Niels Shoe Meulman swept onto the street. Lovely! Find out more at…

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DesignEd Asia 2013 at PolyU

I was (and am) extremely grateful for the opportunity to visit Hong Kong as part of my participation in the DesignEd Asia Conference held at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The conference was structured around the theme “Delimitation…

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The New York “T”

The New York Times has a special fashion magazine that constantly redefines the trademark “T” using photography, illustration, and pattern. In this men’s issue, the designer Olivier Theyskens transformed New York City into the “T” using satellite…

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