Tokyo—Riyadh Magazine

08. 09. 2010

On the occasion of the 17th Tokyo Internation Book Fair with KSA being the guest of honor, Al Mohtaraf was commissioned to design a special one-off publication commemorating that event in three languages (Arabic, Japanese and English). The title on the cover is designed using specially designed arabic words—Tokyo and Riyadh—in black ink simulating Japanese classical calligraphy. The solution for such a multi-lingual publication was in the binding—top to bottom, with the internal pages designed in three columns each for a language. In callouts, color coding was applied to the three scripts, and quotation marks typical of each script were used simultaneously, which stood nicely against the relative restraint of the remaining typography.

The Beirut team of AlMohtaraf managed to design, edit, and send the magazine to print in a matter of five unforgettable days.

Message of the day

Kameel Hawa: Shape of the Word – Arabic Typographic Sculpture for Public Spaces  here.


Beirut sculpture takes center stage and opens the Beirut Art Week in front of Le Grey Hotel in the presence of the artist Kameel Hawa, the Lebanese minister of culture and the the director of the Beirut Art Fair Laure D'Hauteville among others.


On April 13, 2013, Al Mohtaraf Beirut studio will be hosting the launch of the book 'Arabic Type Design for Beginners' from the Khatt foundation. Book your copy:  

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Mohtaraf will be at the annual 56th Beirut Arab Book Fair with its newest book collection, Stand C28

ISTD awards AlMohtaraf two Certificates of Excellence for the design of the books: