Arabic typography is the artistic practice of calligraphy in Arabic language which involves the interplay and arrangement of various forms of letters and curves. The pure complexity of the Arabic script is amazing; and it is kind of unfortunate that it is largely ignored outside the Middle East. I find the arabesque based designs very beautiful and free-flowing which visually represent a great piece of art even if you can’t read the text. More and more International brands are looking for ways to adapt their corporate identity to suit the International market including the Arabic audiences. Designing Arabic logos for a larger audience (local as well as the International community) is a challenge in itself because Arabic text is read from right to left unlike the English text which is read from left to right; and one has to incorporate both of the languages in a single design. The design needs to hold a unique balance which allows both languages to work together in harmony. In this post, I have hand-picked some Arabic based logos from various designers. Based on my knowledge of the Arabic language, I have also provided comments on the designs where necessary.
Designer: Khawar Bilal, Doha, Qatar
Originally from Pakistan, and now working in Qatar, Khawar Bilal is perhaps one of the most talented bilingual (Arabic & English) logo and identity designer I have come across. He is very passionate about Arabic Calligraphy which reflects in his work.
“Qalam” means pen in Arabic. In the following logo design, the nib of a fountain pen is shown while the word “Qalam” is written in a floral style on top of it.
Designer: Aissam Hamoud
Designer: Sara Al-Mudhaf
Designer: Salah Sadeq, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Designer: RaMMal, Australia
“Shorouq” means “sunrise” in Arabic.
Designer: Mohammed Ammar, Amman, Jordan
This is another great piece of Arabic artwork. You would notice that the word “marna” is written in traditional Arabic typographic style. Various elements from the Arabic alphabets have been used.
Designer: Mo Shennawy, Cairo, Egypt
Misr, Logo for Egypt Tourism, 2008. The logo reads “Misr” in Arabic; but at the same time, it presents an illustration of the sun (as seen from the right) and water waves.
Designer: Cristina Ludwig, Sao Paulo, Brazil
The Mother Tongue is an Arabic language center based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The typographic design reads “Al-Lisan Al Umm” shown on the top of the English text.
The Emirates Airline logo combines a unique and custom typeface of the Arabic as well as the English language.
Designer: International Nomads, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Designer: Mohammed Eisa, Egypt
The design reads “Radio Star” written in Arabic text.
Designer: Ivan Rios, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Corporate Identity/ Branding for Oryx Magazine – Qatar Airways by 29letters in collaboration with Agency Fish, London, UK.
Designer: Abdulhameed Shamandour, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Notice the word “Jewel” written in Arabic typographic style.
Designer: Mezoomar, Egypt
Designer: Ahmad Magdi, Egypt
Designer: Shakil Ali, Karachi, Pakistan
Designer: Abdus Salam
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P.S.: All logo designs are copyrights of their respective designers/owners.
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