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Author Nemeth, Titus, author.

Title Arabic type-making in the machine age : the influence of technology on the form of Arabic type, 1908-1993 / by Titus Nemeth
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2017
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Series Islamic manuscripts and books ; volume 14
Islamic manuscripts and books ; v. 14. 1877-9964
Contents Arabic Type-Making in the Machine Age: The Influence of Technology on the Form of Arabic Type, 1908-1993; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Note on Typographical Conventions; Note on Terminology; List of Archives; List of Figures; List of Tables; Acknowledgements; 1 Introduction; Arabic Type in the New Millennium; Situating this Book; Aspects of the Arabic Script; The Typographic Representation of the Arabic Script; Arabic Publishing at the Turn of the Twentieth Century; 2 Mechanical Composition of Arabic; The Industrialisation of Printing; The Beginning of Arabic Mechanical Composition
A Widening Field, the Emergence of New DevelopersArabic Type by the Photon Company; Endeavours in Arabic Type by Dr Edward Plooij; 4 Persian Type and Typography; Early Persian Printing and Typography; A Simplified Typeface for Persian; Mitra and Nazanin, the Consolidation of a Persian Typographical Identity; 5 Beginnings of Digital Arabic Type; Type Loses its Material Properties; Pierre MacKay and Computer-generated Arabic Type; The KITAB Software for the Hell Digiset; Compugraphic's Venture into Arabic Type; Digital Tools in the Service of the 'Hanging' Styles Nastaʿlīq and Ruqʿä
Mergenthaler Linotype's First Arabic Linecaster FountsThe Beginning of Arabic Type-Making at Linotype & Machinery; The Arabic Typewriter; Arabic Script Reform; Nasri Khattar's Endeavours in Arabic Type Design; Ahmed Lakhdar Ghazal and the Asv Codar Type; The Printing Trade and the Middle East after the Second World War; Simplified Arabic, Kamel Mrowa, and Al-Hayat; Simplified Arabic: Proof of Concept; Intertype Abridged Arabic; A New Design: Series 8 with 9; Monotype Hot-Metal Composition; Monotype's First Arabic Typeface: Series 507; A Design for Urdu; A New Typeface for the Middle East
Monotype Series 549, the Unwitting Mechanisation of Qurʼān TypographyMonotype Series 589, Full Vocalisation; The Beginning of Computer-Aided Arabic Composition; The Development of Character Selection and Kashida Insertion Routines; 3: Photocomposition: Towards Immaterial Type; Beginnings of a New Technological Era; Arabic on the Monophoto; Expansion of Monotype's Arabic Type Catalogue; Simplified Arabic for Monophoto; Arabic on Linotype Photocomposition Machines; Towards an Arabic Photocomposition Programme; Arabic Type Developments by Linotype-Paul Ltd
Nastaʿlīq on the Monotype LasercompLinotype Ruq'ah, the Exploration of a Writing Style; Linotype Sheeraz, a New Approach to Arabic Type; 6 Looking Forward: PostScript and Beyond; The End of Machine-dependence; Linotype's Arabic PostScript Programme; Upheaval and Convergence, on the Road to Unicode; Desktop Publishing Tools for Arabic; DecoType; 7 Complexities and Simplifications: Factors in the Evolution of Arabic Type-Making; Progress through Technology; Collaboration between East and West; Cultural Identity Expressed through Type; Radical Innovation and its Limits
Summary Arabic is the third most widely used script in the world, and gave rise to one of the richest manuscript cultures of mankind. Its representation in type has engaged printers, engineers, businesses and designers since the 16th century, and today most digital devices render Arabic type. Yet the evolution of the printed form of Arabic, and its development from metal to pixels, has not been charted before. Arabic Type-making in the Machine Age provides the first comprehensive account of this history using previously undocumented archival sources. In this richly illustrated volume Titus Nemeth narrates the evolution of Arabic type under the influence of changing technologies from the perspective of a practitioner, combining historical research with applied design considerations
Notes Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D.) - University of Reading, UK
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Arabic type -- History -- 20th century
Arabic type -- Technological innovations
Arabic type.
CRAFTS & HOBBIES -- Book Printing & Binding.
DESIGN -- Book.
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Technical & Manufacturing Industries & Trades.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017033680
ISBN 9004349308