During my final year at UWE, I was swept up in the post-9/11 shitstorm of Islamophobia and decided to indulge in Islamic culture. Speaking to the people affected by it and hearing what they had to say I attempted to break the taboo. The result was an elegant typeface in both form and style, designed to reflect the actual beauty in the stereotype. The font was hand drawn and made digital using FontLab studio. Within the type specimen, I use each letter and glyph to create intricate and decorative patterns, as well as to build a case of dissonance surrounding the prejudice.
Various typographic posters using the Arabish stereotype-face.
The first spread of the publication, highlighting the A of the alphabet and introducing the premise of the stereo-typeface.
An American MQ-Reaper drone with an excerpt from the book of Revelation 14: 14-20.
Some gold leaf experiments and glyph exploration.
A pattern made from the lower case 'w'.
Closer look at the paths and form of some of the ligatrures in FontLab.