Dareen magazine, a cultural perspective from the Eastern province

02. 10. 2007

The Sharqiyya Literary Club (Al Adabi Literary Club) commissioned Al Mohtaraf to design ‘Dareen,’ the club’s seasonal literary magazine. The team at Al Mohtaraf thought of a narrative that would encompass the material and content to be featured, and envisioned them in the form of a journal holding the diverse material together.


It is from this perspective that a cover template was developed, whereby the magazine’s meta-information finds its space within a side box, a motif that recurs inside the magazine in the form of titleholders. The logo of the magazine is a reflection of the world to which the club belongs.


Inside the pages, the material is distributed across three parts, two of which are treated in duotone colours and surround the third, a feature article on an artist or designer treated in full colour. Whereas the feature article’s colour treatment highlights its central position, the colour treatment of the introductory and final sections goes hand in hand with the magazine’s contemplative ambience, one created by sparseness of visual elements, a low hanging line and overall generous white spaces.



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: khtt.foundation@gmail.com  

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