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مَسَاحَةٌ لِلتَّجَـــــــــــــــــــارُبِ
مُشَــارَكَةِ المَعْـرِفَةِ، تَنْمِيَةِ
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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The space aims at facilitating conversations around Design as a human practice and a field of study. We recognize an urgent need for designers to start writing about, and engage with design in more ways than making work. Developing a critical practice is vital to the existence of design, especially in our region. It can help mediate and bridge the knowledge gap in our design history as well as start to formulate a theory of the practice.

Through initiating and developing research projects, investigative initiatives, public archives, publishing, debates, criticism, curation, events, and encouraging cross-discipline conversations that can lead to a better understanding of the visual culture at large 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. It is a way to both inform a better design but also a better understanding of the medium. We see this as not only necessary but imperative for a critical and democratic
field of design.

Let's start writing.

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.

Noha Zayed

Noha Zayed unpacks the meaning and symbolism behind the act of decorating the backs of trucks in Egypt.

Basma Hamdy

Basma Hamdy eloquently map out the development of Arabic script in the complex landscape of Egypt

Moe El-Hossieny

Over the past year, I have come to observe a flow of crude […]

Mohieddin Ellabbad

Mohieddin Ellabbad detail the graphic practices found in Arabic manuscripts.

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RESEARCH

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الأبحاث | RESEARCH

Research is where knowledge gets produced. We are focusing on contextual Arabic content that can help lead to a more authentic and relevant outcome.

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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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An Online Resource

History of the Moving image

This is an entry from ADEF which is a not-for-profit foundation that aims […]

This is an entry from ADEF which is a not-for-profit foundation that aims to enable teens and youth through fostering environments for education and learning, supporting free culture, developing capacity, and building knowledge tools in Arabic language.


Independent individuals and groups, who are active, expressive, and producers of knowledge for the benefit of their societies.

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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

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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

This project is concerned with documenting street signages in Egypt. The project is […]

This project is concerned with documenting street signages in Egypt. The project is set up in the form of organized walks in which groups of designers, calligraphers, and artists walk around certain areas and document street typography around Egypt.


Researchers:

Moe Elhossieny

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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

Get Book

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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. 


Research poster

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 Commercial Archive

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.


Researchers:

Moe Elhossieny