Archive for April, 2004

The Jordan Times redesign comes to life

Tuesday, April 27th, 2004

As promised, I am posting images from SYNTAX’s redesign project of the Jordan Times. I am preparing full documentation of this project, which will be publish here and on our company site. For now, here are some images comparing the old and new design, as well as photos taken on at an impossibly late hour [...]

Want an IT revolution? Put PCs in the hands of the people

Thursday, April 22nd, 2004

COMPUTING | Arnold Vlas, Intel’s Director of Corporate Marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa, would like to see an broader adoption of PC and wireless technologies in the region. He talked to Ahmad Humeid on how this can be achieved. “Knowledge society” and “digital economy”, “IT hub”. These are buzzwords we’ve grown accustomed to [...]

The Jordan Times Redesign

Friday, April 16th, 2004

On April 13, 2004, the first issue of the totally redesigned Jordan Times hit the newsstands. This is a project I have been leading for the past few months and that I consider a milestone in my design experience and a key project for my company, SYNTAX. I will be posting images and information related [...]

We want wi-fi!

Wednesday, April 14th, 2004

Last week I got an interesting email promotion from the Sheraton hotel in Amman with the subject: “Wireless Connection.” A lounge in the hotel has been equipped with a high-speed wireless connection (no information about pricing was mentioned), commonly called a “hotspot”. This is a good development. Someone in Jordan has finally got it. Wireless [...]

‘Ahmad’ typeface mentioned in Eye magazine

Friday, April 2nd, 2004

When I went to pick up the latest issue of Eye magazine (No. 50, Vol. 13, Winter 2003) from the B├╝cherbogen bookstore in Berlin, I was already excited as I knew that it contained an article by Paul Khera on Arabic type that mentioned my typeface ‘Ahmad’. When I saw that the article is actually [...]

A type experiment that went nowhere!

Friday, April 2nd, 2004

A decade ago (around 1995) I was experimenting with an Arabic uniform stroke typeface. I was trying to escape from the geometric rigidity usually associated with ‘modern’ Arabic type and instead use a more dynamic geometry (that’s closer in spirit to the traditional Arabic Naskh script) to create the letter forms. I never had the [...]

The story of the “Ahmad” Arabic typeface

Friday, April 2nd, 2004

I was experimenting with this Arabic typeface for a number of years during the 1990′s. It was developed using the geometry of Helvetica Narrow and the general rules of Arabic letter shapes. The first use of this typeface was on a corporate logo for an architectural firm (Tahhan Bushnaq) that I designed. The words and [...]