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Water: H2O = Life examines the beauty of the essential nature of our planet’s lifeblood, giving visitors a firsthand experience of the power and importance of water in nature and in our daily lives. Using fascinating interactives and immersive environments, water illuminates many challenges related to humanity’s sustainable management and use of this life-giving, but finite, resource.
Wadi is a modern Arabic typeface designed by Dinah Merhej who is currently studying at at Central Saint Martins College. “Wadi is a simplified modern Arabic typeface influenced by the Naskh calligraphic style. It is characterized by the absence of straight baseline and the cursive connection between the glyphs.
The Virtual Water project shows the world how much freshwater is used to produce selected products, hoping people will rethink their consumption patterns. The poster shows the amount of water consumed in the production of everyday food products.
Incredible bone art by Francois Robert titled “Stop the Violence” using human bones to recreate guns, grenades, knives and tanks as well as the symbols of the major religions. His work displays the iconography of both weapons and religion, the tools used in war and the common themes that divide the enemies.
With the increasing economic development of the Middle East, type design for the region may become a prosperous business. If Sakkal and Chahine are indicative, Arabic lettering will once again become a flourishing art.

Today, more than twelve million people worldwide are enslaved.[1] An estimated two million children are bought and sold in the global commercial sex trade.[2] The sex slavery industry has become an increasingly important revenue source for organized crime because each...

We are all familiar with Nike's "simple" and ever famous swoosh logo. But consider the advertising below and consider these questions: What defines Nike as a brand? What is their message? What are you buying when you decide to purchase...

A movement to ignite, accelerate and amplify design-driven social change.

Sean McCabe talks about his love for typography: "It’s funny, as a kid I thought I was pretty strange. I always found myself drawing letter forms throughout middle school and high school. My homework was littered with typographic illustrations. The artistic friends I had all seemed to draw cartoons, or paint still life, but for some odd reason I was drawn to letters. I just really enjoyed hand drawn lettering.

Looking for some fun type-based tutorials to explore in your down time? The web provides an abundance of typography-based tutorials to help increase your design skills in Illustrator and Photoshop. If you're looking to become more proficient in the technology...

The Crossing the Emirates Exhibition opened on May 29 at FN Design Studio (Unit 26, Al Serkal Avenue) in Al Quoz, Dubai. The Design Studio is pronounced fann or فن – the Arabic word for “the arts.” Not only was...

A well-designed poster should grab your attention and be easily read/understood. Hierarchy can guide the eye of the viewer through your poster, starting with the element of the highest rank and continuing to those with lesser rank. Although it varies, a...

The Women as Global Leaders Conference (WAGL 2012) celebrated the courage and creativity of socially responsible leaders and their capacity to leave a lasting legacy, impacting the sustainable future development of communities and organizations across the world. The conference presented a...

As part of Art Week, the Type 1 and History of Design class went on a field-trip to "Design Days Dubai" held at a huge purpose-built venue at the foot of the world’s tallest tower (the Burj). It was a great opportunity for us to meet and be inspired by designers from across the globe.

I hope you enjoyed the documentary Art & Copy by director Doug Pray that we watched in class today. ART & COPY is a fascinating film made in 2009 about advertising and inspiration. Directed by Doug Pray, it reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time -- people who have profoundly impacted our culture, yet are virtually unknown outside their industry.

The 5th annual Typography Day Conference (TypoDay 2012) was organized at the Industrial Design Centre (IDC) at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. The conference allowed me to share research, network with typographers from across the globe and collect research on...

Check out this special issue of Serrote in which eight full pages utilize typographic illustration both simply and beautifully. Serrote is a Brazilian literary magazine that beautifully combines typography and image in each unique publication. In this special issue, the portraits of famous authors are made by the letters in their names. Authors include: Carlos Drumond de Andrade, Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, Edgar Allan Poe, George Bernard Shaw, J M Coetzee, Oscar Wilde, Salman Rushdie, and Virginia Wolf.

During the Fall 2011 semester, I participated in the 5-day Arabic Typography Workshop (led by Khatt Foundation) held at Tashkeel, Dubai. As a group, we created a typeface full of unique letterforms and designed posters to show them off. Each poster...