Bahia Shehab on ‘A History of Arab Graphic Design’

"So the fact that I couldn’t find enough women was, to me, exciting for the researcher, because now I want to find them. The Women of Arab Graphic Design should be coming out next."

Translating Arabic Book Covers into English

Even in the e-book world, book covers are still an important business. A crummy design signals, to the reader, a crummy book. And an incredible design can cut through a world full of clutter and arrest a reader's attention. The original of Radwa Ashour's Specters is on the right, with (from right to left), the British edition … Continue reading Translating Arabic Book Covers into English

Designing Covers for ‘The Cairo Trilogy’

Several readers emailed, tweeted, or commented about the covers I posted along with translator William Hutchins' thoughts about The Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz. So I tracked down designer Christine Clayton and asked her about them. She commented: These were designed 2 years ago while I was in design school at The Portfolio Center in Atlanta, … Continue reading Designing Covers for ‘The Cairo Trilogy’

Book Designer, Caricature Artist, Children’s Book Author Mohieddin Al-Labbad Dies

Prominent Egyptian caricature artist, book designer, and children's book author Mohieddin Al-Labbad died last Saturday at age 70, numerous sources report. Al-Labbad was one of the most prominent book-cover designers in the Arab world. He also produced many illustrations and caricatures, particularly for Rose Al-Yousef and Sabah Al-Kheir magazines. His caricatures and drawings have been … Continue reading Book Designer, Caricature Artist, Children’s Book Author Mohieddin Al-Labbad Dies