The Art of Written Forms

Development of the Arabic Alphabet

Our alphabet - the roman alphabet, one version or the latin alphabet - is only one of many alphabets that emerged from the abstraction of pictographic symbolism. Here I discuss the development of the Arabic alphabet, how and why the forms developed the way they did.

Writing Instruments and Surfaces

Writing instruments and writing surfaces from the point of view of their effect on form.

The Relationship Between Written and Printed Text

Discussing the relationship between written text and printed text, comparing Far Eastern methods to those found in Western Europe.

Development of Egyptian Writing

Egyptian Hieroglyphs (from the Greek for 'sacred carving' after the Egyptian for 'the god's words') are perhaps one of the best known of the many scripts in existence, created and used by a race of people with an extraordinary sense of design.