Why does it keep getting worse, worse, worse?
Archive for Arab Culture, Art, Music
Arabic designers take note: there’s a new awesome tool called Font Face that will greatly improve your life. Get access to tens of nice Arabic fonts, optimized for web.
It’s really simple and really awesome to use. Just filter through the styles on the sidebar, and then you have the option to either download the web font or embed it in your website for loading.
You can also view fonts as headlines or body text in each font view.
I encourage everyone to share a link with their designer friends to Font Face. You’ll make their day, promise! :)
Filmmaking is a new industry in Jordan, and there aren’t enough educational institutions teaching this discipline. The RFC has been playing a major role in searching for and training talents that would be capable of narrating/expressing Jordanian stories, in addition to granting these talented filmmakers hands on experience that would enable them to work on any international film production. Subsequently, the RFC has designed a new program – the Educational Feature Film (EFF) program – that gives emerging Jordanian filmmakers a chance to tell their stories, under the supervision of mentors. The program was started in 2010 and helped produce five films, but was unfortunately suspended in 2013 due to shortage of funding.
You can support this great program by donating on Indiegogo or spreading the word around.
Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Swissra, an Arabic typeface that was inspired by Swiss graphic design.
Ali AlMasri, the designer behind the typeface, says that the motivation behind the typeface was to create a neutral and carefully crafted Arabic font family that can be used on many different applications and work in multilingual situations with Swiss fonts such as Akzidenz-grotesk and Helvetica. Swissra is also a tribute to Swiss graphic design.
Technical stuff: Swissra features sharply cut terminals, which are either horizontal or vertical. It also features closed apertures and a high x-height.
Swissra is available in eight weights that range from ultralight to black.
You can buy Swissra from MyFonts.
View complete project on Behance.
The Qatar Digital Library (QDL) is an awesome website that offers free access to thousands of pages of amazing working, including 25,000 pages of medieval Islamic manuscripts. It has been developed as part of a 10-year Memorandum of Understanding on Partnerships between the Qatar Foundation, the Qatar National Library and The British Library. The best part is that it’s all Creative Commons licensed… free to use, free to re-use.
My favorites include:
- Iraqi Maqam Music and Chalgi Ensembles, complete with soundbytes
And many more.
This is really awesome.
Check out the Qatar Digital Library (QDL)
Until 8:30AM this morning, all I ever knew about dandelions was one thing: dandelion seeds are pretty.
After all, who hasn’t played with dandelion seeds, watching them tumble around town?
Well, I have. And I always thought that was the only relationship I had with dandelions (until I discovered at 8:30 this morning) was that I — gasp — eat them. Not only eat them, but really LOVE eating them.
World, did you know that delicious, hearty hindbeh is quite literally just dandelion leaves? Okay. Let’s be more specific, to give hindbeh the true glory it deserves: it’s dandelion leaves glistening with olive oil, garnished with crunchy pine nuts and crispy caramelized onions, then drizzled with lemon juice.
Hindbeh has always been one of my all-time favorite dishes, and it’s just a shock to realize what it’s made of at the grand age of 30.