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الْأَبْحَاثِ، وَنَشْـرِ الكِتَابَاتِ.

A SPACE FOR EXPERIMENTATION,
SHARING KNOWLEDGE, DEVELOPING
RESEARCH, AND WRITING.

About

01/What

DR is a digital space of accumulation, assembly, and dissemination of design knowledge.
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This space aims to facilitate conversations about design as a human practice and a field of study. We currently recognize an urgent need for designers to start writing about and engage with design in more ways than just making work. We strongly believe that developing a critical practice is vital to design, especially in our region. It can help mediate and bridge the knowledge gap in our design history and formulate practice theories.

Through initiating and developing research projects, conducting investigative initiatives, publishing, and curation which will encourage cross-discipline conversations that can lead to a better understanding of design and create the friction that the field needs to progress.

It's a space where the community can cultivate a foundation of a relevant design.

WRITING

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الكتابات | WRITINGS

We believe that writing is as fundamental to design as designing. Writing is a discussion and a way to
inform/form a better design practice and
theory, including the constant
engagement with the
questions of why,
how, and
what
we
design.
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Hassan Khan

In 1974, the children’s publishing house Dar El Fata El Arabi was launched […]

Massimo Vignelli

Massimo Vignelli (b. 1931) is inevitably associated with the popularization of Swiss modernism […]

Engy Aly

‘The Gradual Disappearance’ discusses the constantly and rapidly expanding gap between the lived context of cities and their occupants, and how this gap is slowly turning citizens into strangers in their own cities. Strangers struggling to either adapt to these dysfunctional environments or to escape them completely.

Moe El-Hossieny

In the Russian science fiction classic “Roadside Picnic,” the brothers Arkady and Boris […]

Mohieddin Ellabbad

Mohieddin Ellabbad detail the graphic practices found in Arabic manuscripts.

Moe El-Hossieny

A commemoration of the Egyptian queen The writing on the history of Arab […]

Arabic Cover Archive

The need for archives are really pressing, the team of the Arabic book cover archive wrote down a manifesto that lays out their thoughts, hopes, and envisioning for the future of information

Karim Fouad

This essay brings forward the issue of heritage management, erasure and societal preservation in the Nile River delta.

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RESEARCH

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الأبحاث | RESEARCH

Research is where knowledge and ideas sprout. Design Repository is dedicated to developing and supporting
the development of contextual Arabic
design research initiatives that
can push the field of
design.
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Resource - Archive

The Arabic Film Archive

The Arab Film Archive is an initiative that aims at collecting and digitizing […]

The Arab Film Archive is an initiative that aims at collecting and digitizing classical arab films in order to make them accessible for educational and research purposes. It is a project that provides a temporary answer to the ongoing monopoly of hundreds of Arab movies that were sold under complete exclusive rights to private TV networks back in the ‘90s and early 2000s without any consideration of the need to provide them on an institutional right basis for education and/ or individual research. The Arab Film Archive is founded by Ahmad Ameen, a film researcher and writer currently based in Amman.


Researcher:

Ahmed Ameen

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Resource - Archive

Blank Video Cassettes Archive from 1977 – 2002

This website contains a huge collection of what is known as blank video […]

This website contains a huge collection of what is known as blank video cassettes from the time period of 1977-2002 mostly made between Japan and the USA.


Author:

Unknown

Other video cassette collections:

Vault Of VHS: Here

Related Articles:

Eye On Design AIGA: Here

Video Credit to: 4096

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Resource - Book

The Grammar of Ornament

A Visual Reference of Form and Colour in Architecture and the Decorative Arts […]

A Visual Reference of Form and Colour in Architecture and the Decorative Arts – The complete and unabridged full-color edition
First published in 1856, The Grammar of Ornament remains a design classic. Its inspiration came from pioneering British architect and designer Owen Jones (1809–1874), who produced a comprehensive design treatise for the machine age, lavishly illustrated in vivid chromolithographic color. Jones made detailed observations of decorative arts on his travels in Europe, the Middle East, and in his native London, where he studied objects on display at the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in 1851 and at local museums. His aim was to improve the quality of Western design by changing the habits of Victorian designers, who indiscriminately mixed elements from a wide variety of sources


Author:

Owen Jones

This amazing resource is made available for free from the Smithsonian Libraries digital archive. You can view and download the three volumes in outstanding quality from the link below.

Related Articles:

Victoria & Albert: Here

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Resource - Book

Arab Art as Seen Through the Monuments of Cairo: From 7th to the End of the 18th century

Arab art as seen through the monuments of Cairo: From the seventh century […]

Arab art as seen through the monuments of Cairo: From the seventh century to the end of the 18th is an immense, sumptuously produced work that illustrates the richness of Islamic art and architecture as seen in the streets, buildings, monuments, decorative arts, and books and manuscripts of the city of Cairo. It was produced by Achille-Constant-Théodore-Émile Prisse d’Avennes, who is said to have supervised the printing of the work as well as that of his other masterpiece, a luxurious atlas of ancient Egyptian art. 


Author:

Prisse d’Avennes

This amazing resource is made available for free from the library of congress digital archive. You can view and download the three volumes in outstanding quality from the link below.

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A Digital Archive

The Palestinian Museum’s Digital Archive Project (PMDA)

PMDA preserves and digitizes sources of Palestinian history endangered by confiscation, neglect, misuse, […]

PMDA preserves and digitizes sources of Palestinian history endangered by confiscation, neglect, misuse, or loss, and publishes them on an online open-access platform.


Researchers:

Taawon-Welfare Association

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A Digital Archive

The Modern Art Iraq Archive (MAIA)

A resource to trace, share, and enable community enrichment of the modern art […]

A resource to trace, share, and enable community enrichment of the modern art heritage of Iraq. Explore the works by artist, browse through related textual materials, or add your own images or stories to the archive.


Researchers:

Saleem Al-Bahloly, Ahmed Khalil, Sarah Whitcher Kansa, Francis Debaluwe, Mohit Gupta, Eric Kansa

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A Digital Archive

Online Periodicals

A collection of digital Arabic, Persian, and Turkish periodicals and journals from the […]

A collection of digital Arabic, Persian, and Turkish periodicals and journals from the 1860 to 1945 made available for the public. The collection is assembled from different libraries and hosted in one location.


The collection is hosted by Universität Bonn

Research poster

A Digital Archive

Letterform Archive

A San Francisco nonprofit center for inspiration, education, and community, with a collection […]

A San Francisco nonprofit center for inspiration, education, and community, with a collection of over 60000 items related to lettering, typography, calligraphy, and more.


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A Digital Archive

Arabic Type Walks: EGY-LB-MOR

This initiative aims to preserve, document, and publish Arabic street signs, signages, and […]

This initiative aims to preserve, document, and publish Arabic street signs, signages, and street typography. Through organizing walks (expeditions) driven by curiosity and a shared interest of the Arab cultures. 


Research poster

A Digital Archive

Signs of Conflict

Signs of Conflict is a project that involves collecting, archiving and studying the […]

Signs of Conflict is a project that involves collecting, archiving and studying the political posters that were produced by the various warring factions, political parties and movements during Lebanon’s civil war.


Researchers:

Zeina Maasri

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A Digital Archive

Arc Archive

This unique graphic arts collection of around 130.000 posters from 150 countries, mainly […]

This unique graphic arts collection of around 130.000 posters from 150 countries, mainly on political-social issues and the performing arts represents the most extensive and diverse privately owned archive of this kind. It forms a comprehensive visual-aesthetic database, tracing and documenting a myriad of historical events and cultural trends over more than half a century worldwide.


Researchers:

Thomas Hill

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A Digital Archive

Aghani Aghani Project

This project is a visual documentation of the Egyptian and Arabic musical evolution […]

This project is a visual documentation of the Egyptian and Arabic musical evolution from the late seventies to the late nineties, focusing on cassette tapes as a revolutionary musical medium that embraced design and art ideas in the form of cassette tape covers.


Researchers:

Amira Al Shaikh

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A Digital Archive

The Palestine Poster Project Archive

I first began collecting Palestine posters when I was a Peace Corps volunteer […]

I first began collecting Palestine posters when I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco in the mid-1970s. By 1980 I had acquired about 300 Palestine posters. A small grant awarded with the support of the late Dr. Edward Said allowed me to organize them into an educational slideshow to further the “third goal” of the Peace Corps: to promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.


Researchers:

Dan Walsh

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A Digital Archive

Syrian Print Archive Project

Syrian Print Archive is a documentary project that aims to archive the development […]

Syrian Print Archive is a documentary project that aims to archive the development of all the variable uses of Arabic typography and graphic design elements applied in Syrian prints, Bringing this design heritage back to life and introducing it to youth designers and anyone of interest as an open-source. 


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A Digital Archive

Arabic Cover Design Archive (ACDA)

Arabic book cover design archive is a research initiative that is focused on […]

Arabic book cover design archive is a research initiative that is focused on archiving Arabic book covers to make the material available for research, publishing, and reference.


Press:

VICE ARABIA

SCENE ARABIA

CAIRO SCENE

ITS NICE THAT

AL AHRAM

Al FANAR

Print Mag

Frizzifrizzi Mag

Creative Review

Egyptian Streets

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A Digital Archive

Arabic Commercials Collection

Arabic commercial archive is an extension of the Arabic cover design archive project. […]

Arabic commercial archive is an extension of the Arabic cover design archive project. This project unearth commercial design from books, magazines, and publications from the 30s to mid-90s.