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Links to interesting weekend reads. Ahmed dressed in white at right in most photos. This is still our favorite by Neqspaper early evening here: For those now joining thie weekend-long blog conversation: The most conservative elements here think it is too young, that the sheen dances into the page anything wrong with that?

We listen and we continue to work on this. But, as I keep mentioning, the name of this newspaper, Al Shabiba, means The Youth, so a little young dancing on the page may not be a bad idea.

We quickly evolved from that one, but it goes to show that dealing with an Arab alphabet presents challenges we never have to worry about with a Latin alphabet, for example. It takes many hands to shabibq a sheen that hits the spot, as you can see here. So, during the course of the meeting, with Osama the calligrapher going back and forth, we toil away, and newsppaper up with one that may fit all the requirements: Wow, we think this is it: These are the finalists presented, from which we all picked the top one: How would shagiba logo look on a t-shirt?

But Jan Kny, our Garcia Media art director Garcia Media Europe points out that the dots are too close to each otherso we ask him to separate him. Jan asks the question: Osama says that, indeed, characters should not touch, so he goes back to the drawing board and separates them. I have a feeling we are almost there: But, of course, the CEO may have a different idea.

It is Sunday and we do final all to the logo as we shall present it to the CEO in two hours. Meanwhile, as we came into the building thru a backdoor today, I noticed a very old Al Shabiba logo still sitting at the top of the door. A lot has happened since this version appeared. We hope to emerge with a very modern one today. Also, I give you a newxpaper of the section fronts for Al Shabiba: Old logo sits at the top of a backdoor; new shabibz latest one, anyway below.

Final three versions of the day for logo of Al Shabiba: Time to close the shop this Saturday, and go for a run on the beach. Here shxbiba our final work of the day. The differences here are in the positioning of those dots, or whether they are looking up or down, bunched up or separated.

I am told that there is flexibility on how they are utilized. Sheen 1 carries a lot of visual impact; but some of the Arab calligraphy experts in the room say: We think we like what we already have, but apparently the big boss wants to see other versions.

Along the way, we discover at least two that we like out of the various offerings from the calligrapher.

What I call Sheen 1 iswell, sexy——a snake that appears all of a sudden, ready to attack or seduce; Sheen 2 has a sense of order. But, again, my western sensitivities are not what is important here. We continue to consult with the others. As we are doing final retouching of the Al Shabiba logo, six days prior to launch, we newwspaper you to come to the blog during the weekend and see where our work takes us. So I take a good look and I see that we have a system of dividing lines.

It seems to work, but this is still work in progress. It is Saturday in hot try 42C and sunny Muscat, but we only see the sun thru the windows, as we are diligently working on doing final tweaks to the logo of Al Shabiba.


The making of the logo involves heavy duty calligraphy, so it is good to have the calligraphers sitting next to us.


I take a long time to draw one Arab character, but I find that it is the best way for me to convey to the calligrapher what I have in mind, and how I wish to proceed. How can one go modern, but not sacrifice the charm of the Arab character in the alphabet.

We compromise, we go back to the drawing board. At the end, i nesspaper the Arab language readers in the room to take a look and see what reaction they have in 10 seconds.

The days when a designer facing the task of redesigning an Arab language newspaper got quickly frustrated over the lack of typographic variety are over. Of course, there are still not as many designers working exclusively on Arab nfwspaper as we have for Latin fonts. But progress is tremendous, newsppaper we now have choices, including for Arab versions of fonts that we are well familiarized with, such as Palatino and Frutiger, among others.

This does not mean that one cannot call the local calligrapher to create a customized font. That, I nwspaper, will always be a trademark of Arabic language publications generally. Al Shabiba, which means Youthwants to be truer to its name: In our design work, we have not only concentrated on modern and faster navigational tools for each section, but also the creation of a softer, more modern color palette, and, a logo that is more clearly visible and says at a glance. The font utilized for headlines: Frutiger Arabic see details below.

For Al Shabiba, time has been well spent. Adonis Dorado newspxper, design director for both Al Shabiba and the English-language Times of Oman which we are also readying for a new design is working hard on the new logo concepts along with designers Nasser Othmanand Osama Aljawish.

I now join them with our Garcia Media Europe art director, Jan Knyto give it all its final touches. Discussions of logos such as Al Shabiba are more shabkba than when one is looking at the logo in a Latin font. I personally must rely closely on the opinion of the locals here; what shabjba the characters say? Is making one character bigger, or colorizing it, as we do here, going to somehow change the meaning or the perception?

We hope that by the end of Monday, we should have agreed on the final Al Shabiba logo! Evolution of a logo for Al Shabiba, and still tweeking it. One almost final version of the Al Shabiba logo: How logo would fit at the top of Page One in this prototype page.

He and I often discuss the topic, especially now that he knows I am deeply involved with the launch of Al Shabiba here in Muscat. To that effect, I asked him what he had read recently about the subject of Arab font development. His report is, as usual, complete and with his opinions, which I always find refreshing.

There are many fewer professional Arabic type designers compared to those who work on the Latin script.

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So while dozens of exquisitely-designed Latin typefaces appear each year, only a small fraction of that number are designed for Arabic. Despite the slower pace of development, several typefaces complete with advanced typographic features, complemented by multiple weights, and suitable for book, poster, and, thankfully, publication design have emerged over the last few years. For the first time, re-thinking a Middle Eastern newspaper or magazine need not mean commissioning custom type—though custom type will often remain the mark of quality Arabic publications for years to come.

Here are a few relatively recent releases that could be of use in a contemporary newspaper or magazine: Nassim was designed to work in small sizes, in a dictionary, say, or newspaper columns—a rare achievement.


Perhaps the most exciting aspect of Nassim, however, is that it was designed for Tasmeemthe remarkable plug-in for InDesign ME that brings traditional Arabic calligraphic refinement to typography. Tasmeem really has to be seen to be believed: Even if implementing Tasmeem in newspaper text is too much to hope for, I would love to see Tasmeem-enabled fonts make an appearance in headlines, a modern version of the calligraphic handwritten headlines that some newspapers once used.

Not many designers use it these days, but it may have a vibrant renaissance in Arab language newspapers.

We use it for Al Shabiba. While their Latin complements have been around long enough I have used them repeatedly over the years myself, but not much nowadaysto the Arabic reading world these are brand new looks. And of course the designs themselves are new, designed in the last several years by Nadine Chahine at Linotype in collaboration with both Zapf and Frutiger. Chahine recently released her newest face, Neue Helvetica Arabic http: Reed says mewspaper this begs the question: Ariss, as some may know, revolutionized newspaper design in the late 60s when he created a version of the Minneapolis Tribune that was entirely done in Helvetica.

It is still one of my favorite newspaper design experiments. Ariss himself may join forces with a young Arabic designer and create the Arabic version of his legendary US product.

One thing is for sure, many Arab language newspapers are NOW very ready to make design a part of their culture.

Much has happened in the past five years in this regard, and I know of several other Arab language dailies considering design changes. There are ads in the menu of the Kargeen Caffe—-and a hungry and captive audience to look at them.

Here is my Briyani Dajav chicken, which newpaper in a pot with delicious rice mixed with nuts, and a light, vegetable-based soup with lemmon. For the finish, the ever present sweet dates. Get to Kargeen Caffe. I paid my second visit to this fascinating and picturesque place today for lunch. I went for dinner before, and the ambience was totally different, a shisha at every table, or should I say cozy tables with see through glass that allows for a peek newspaprr the exhibit of artifacts under the glass, and little benches with comfy cushions.

Start with one of those fruit juices or smoothies.

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Kargeen can offer you pasta, pizzas and western style salads, but who wants to do that while sitting in the midst of a room with a lamp that hangs like an upside down barril from the ceiling making even short people like me have to lower our heads as we pass, not to mention the shishas that wrap themselves like snakes around the smokers, spewing out a rich aroma with the smoke that is like a mix of newdpaper, ginger and other spices. The house cat can come by and rub your legs, and if you ask him, he will jump and sit on the cushion next to you.

I am a chicken lover, so I went straight for the chicken dishes see my meal in photo shahibaand picked the Briyani Dajavwhich comes in a pot with delicious rice mixed with nuts, and a soup that was light enough for lunch in a day when the temperature was very high.

Of course, there is a bowl of dates for something sweet after this way too big a meal for lunch. But I notice neespaper outside of the US, this is not customary. I shablba you go: