Talk by Nour Chamoun
How Did Print Technologies Change the Way the Arabic Script Looks?
Originally presented in NYC
View slides here.
This is an exploration of how the Arabic script posed as a technological challenge for mass production via print technologies like the printing press, typewriter, and the computer, developed primarily for the Latin script. The presentation highlights some of the proposals brought forth that simplify the Arabic script to cater to the different technologies. While other initiatives highlighted, strived to preserve the beauty and spirit of Arabic while modernizing it and making it more compatible with these print technologies.
Sources & Future References
- History of Arabic Type Evolution from the 1930’s till present.
- Fighting Illiteracy With Typography
- What did OpenType open for Arabic typography? (video)
- The history of Letterpress Printing
- DecoType, ACE and Tasmeem: Font technology, Layout-engine and Showcase (video)
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