AUC Press Book a History of Arab Graphic Design Wins Art History & Criticism Category in the 2021 Prose Awards
A History of Arab Graphic Design, the recently published book by The American University in Cairo (AUC) Press, has won the Art History & Criticism category in the 2021 PROSE Awards organized by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). The book is written by Bahia Shehab, professor of practice and founder of the graphic design program at AUC and Haytham Nawar, chair of the Department of the Arts at AUC.
A panel of 23 judges selected A History of Arab Graphic Design (AUC Press 2020) and other 44 winning books from a total of 130 finalists from an overall pool of 595 entries for this year's PROSE Awards competition.
A History of Arab Graphic Design charts the development of design in the region, beginning with Islamic art and Arabic calligraphy, and their impact on Arab visual culture, through to the digital revolution and the arrival of the Internet. With over 600 color images, the book examines the work of over eighty key designers from Morocco to Iraq and covers the period from pre-1900 to the end of the twentieth century. The book also includes a vast range of graphic design uses, including books, magazines and newspapers, posters, advertisements, stamps, and signage, which influenced and inspired Arab designers. The authors look at how cinema, economic prosperity, and political and cultural events gave birth to and shaped the founders of Arab graphic design.
AUC recently held a virtual media discussion about A History of Arab Graphic Design, featuring the authors and Michael Duckworth, AUC Press director.
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