Category Archives: typography / design

Songs in the Key of Light

This much anticipated CD arrived on my desk last week. I had sent off the artwork to the USA a few months ago and I was glad to see it at long last. The cover picture aroused my curiosity but … Continue reading

Posted in typography / design | 3 Comments

Mapping the Universe

Flipping through my WordPress account recently I realised how many unpublished draft posts I had written which I had just parked out of sight. Some were on medical subjects, others on eschatology but mostly on subjects in which I was … Continue reading

Posted in miscellaneous, typography / design | Tagged | 1 Comment

The Quirkylympics 2012

Readers may be aware I have an ongoing fascination with lettering, fonts, branding, logos etc., and so I followed the recent Olympics with some curiosity as, like many others I suspect, I was acutely aware of its strange logo and … Continue reading

Posted in typography / design | 1 Comment

The Vanishing Sign Writer

Much as I have championed skilful type design I am also saddened that the type font has virtually wiped out the sign writer’s craft. Hand lettering on shops, vans and on sign posts and name plates has all but disappeared … Continue reading

Posted in language, Publishing, typography / design, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Flight from the Actual

I am one of the many who embraced each new technology as it presented itself over the last 50 years. It included multi-track analogue audio recording and phototypesetting in the 1960s, digital audio recording, digital cameras and mobile phones in … Continue reading

Posted in miscellaneous, music, Publishing, religion, typography / design | 1 Comment

Purification of the Heart Revisited

The second edition of Hamza Yusuf’s Purification of the Heart is shortly to be printed, eight years after it’s first impression. It has been completely re-typeset in a typeface named Quadraat which was selected as Sandala’s house style ten years … Continue reading

Posted in typography / design | 5 Comments

Mohamed Zakariya, Calligrapher

The 20th May just gone was Mohamed Zakariya’s 7oth birthday. He is not that well known outside the rarified atmosphere of Ottoman calligraphers but he has had a great measure of influence on people like myself over the years. His … Continue reading

Posted in typography / design | 2 Comments

Ancient Prophets of Arabia

Following my tradition of announcing books I have worked on, here is a big one. Dr. Mostafa Badawi, (a medical doctor of Egyptian origin), practices as a psychiatrist in a hospital in Medina and is hidden away in that wonderful … Continue reading

Posted in architectural, language, miscellaneous, music, Publishing, religion, typography / design | 4 Comments

A Brief History of Transliteration

Language is powerful; and its written word is like a weapon which when launched out into the world enlivens or maims. As cultures and civilisations have moved and evolved through history, the way they have chosen to write their language … Continue reading

Posted in language, miscellaneous, Publishing, typography / design, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

The Meccan Rebellion

A new book, The Meccan Rebellion, by Thomas Hegghamer and Stephane Lacroix  has just been published by Amal Press, Bristol, and typeset by yours truly (not the cover I should add) and is now on sale. To quote some of the blurbs: … Continue reading

Posted in miscellaneous, Publishing, typography / design, Uncategorized | Leave a comment