Blog Post 1: Arabic


For a while now I’ve been obsessed with Islamic calligraphy, it’s been something I’ve been interested in, the Arabic letters can be played with in many ways. The letters are so flexible a word can turn into an image. Islamic calligraphy started off as Arabic calligraphy, Islam hadn’t spread yet or hasn’t excited really, however once Islam came to be people eventually began to write the Quran and that’s when Islamic calligraphy started. ibn_al-bawwab_-_quranic_manuscript“This image shows an example of early cursive writing done by Ibn al-Bawwab.”[1]Eventually calligraphy continued to look like this.calligraphy3  However now Islamic/Arabic calligraphy looks like this

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“This artist El Seed, takes Arabic calligraphy to the streets, democratizing Art, El Seed takes Arabic calligraphy to the streets, Graffiti.”[2]Arabic takes many forms, which makes it easy to express what one is feeling. The use of colour, font, form and scale makes a massive difference in the feeling and emotion the artist is portraying.


According to the research I’ve done and any image I’ve come across I decided to make a flyer, I used two letters and played with the form of the blue letter, I rearranged the typical straight normal letter to make it look modern yet understandable. I also played with the opacity of the letter in the back to give it emphasis and movement. The flyer is simple not complicated it has the information needed nothing more. The focus is on the letters only.


This flyer is different yet similar, I decided to include the information into the design, it isn’t meant to be analyzed its meant to give you the feeling of something old yet new. The overlapping of words gives the audience an old feeling of type however the colours I used and scale gives you a modern feeling towards it.

[1]Holland, Jacqueline. “A Brief History of Arabic Calligraphy – Skillshare Blog.” Skillshare, Skillshare, 27 Aug. 2018,


[2]“El Seed – Democratizing Art.” Widewalls,


Work Cited

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