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"Typographic history is well populated with designers excelling in the design of scripts they could not read – indeed, the examples are so numerous that it would be difficult to choose. Encouraging students to address the complicated design problems inherent in non-Latin scripts is not only a way of enriching the global typographic environment, it is also a superb means of producing designers who can tackle a higher level of difficulty in any aspect of their design." - Gerry Leonidas

We just got back from the Tasmeem Doha (Hybrid Making) Conference yesterday and wow, what an adventure! After spending the weekend of March 16 and 17 focused on the dual themes of hybridization—in terms of interdisciplinarity or collaborative work—we headed...

We had a great time at the opening of the 2013 SIKKA Art Fair! Held in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood (formerly known as Bastakiya), the Art Fair showcases Emirati and Dubai-based artistic talent with special events including outdoor film...

Check out this awesome resource about the ampersand (&) brought to you by Six Revisions. It has a wonderful mix of terminology and examples outlining the long and rich history of the symbol, dating as far back as 63 BC. Below...

I'm totally digging the online animation for the Creative Application logo. It's modern, digital, and pattern all at once. CreativeApplications.Net [CAN] was launched in October 2008 by architect, lecturer and new media technologist Filip Visnjic and is one of today’s...

Check out the amazing calligraphy of street artist Karim Jabbari as he takes the streets of Montreal (Canada) and Abu Dhabi (UAE) where he delivers "breathtaking calligraffiti walls and light calligraphies." On April 1, ARA Gallery will be hosting a workshop...

Here is the "Anti-Advertisting" Coca-Cola Commercial we were talking about in "Design for Social Change" on Obesity. It is certainly a brutally honest ad you'll never see on TV. What do you think??
Looking for some tasty design inspiration to kick off your next packaging project? How about a little honey to sweeten your day? Here is a collection of my favorite honey packaging from around the world to do just that - I hope you enjoy!
You can use Font Book to view your type creations and manage all of your typefaces. Here is a great resource on the Apple Website if you want to learn more details.

Manarat Al Saadiyat (in Abu Dhabi) is hosting a year-long family-orientated exhibition called ECO FUTURE that explores the needs of our changing planet. As part of our research for the "Design for Social Change" course, we will visit the exhibition to...

Love the packaging and branding of this small batch brewed coffee called "Chameleon Cold Brew." It has just the right mix of charm + attention grabbing design. Is it the bottle? The illustration? The color? The typography?
In class today we watched the short video "The Story of Bottled Water" which tells the story of manufactured demand. It discusses how you get people to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. The film explores the bottled water industry’s attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces.

For the coffee lovers amongst us - how great is this Valentine's Day inspired coffee cup from Starbucks? I know it's a corporate giant...

"For decades, bottled water companies have spent millions of dollars to try and persuade us to buy their product. They served up ads with pristine mountain-scapes, snow-fed rivers, and we drank it up. We throw away millions of plastic bottles every year. And the bottles that don't reach the landfill often find their way down storm drains which lead directly to the ocean. Once there, the bottles have been shown to impact wildlife."
A typographic installation of frozen typography brought to you by Nicole Dextras, an environmental artist from Vancouver. Her Ice Typography series consists of three-dimensional words fabricated in ice ranging in size from 8-foot high letters to 18-inch high.

When working within the field of publication design, it is important to consider printing techniques that might enhance your final work. Not only can embossing, lamination, or letterpress breath life into a project, it can bring additional emotive qualities to...

For issue 15, Upper Case Magazine invited 26 typographers, designers and illustrators to make a single letter of the Latin alphabet into a beautiful bitmap. They were asked to take a vestigial part of digital type—the bitmap—and make it into something to be newly appreciated. How fun!