Calligraphy in the Arabic language is an ancient form of communication and a method of documenting history. The Arabic script started in a very simple form with characters similar to each other. However, through the years, many developments have occurred within this form of communication. These developments were created by several artists and calligraphers, which resulted in generating a variety of styles of scripts with unique treatments.
Since the twentieth century, these traditional calligraphic styles have started to lose their importance, and the use of modern Arabic calligraphy is becoming more dominant, especially in the fields of modern design such as graphic design. However, traditional Arabic calligraphy still has a noticeable impact on modern Arabic designs.
This thesis introduces a new way of understanding the influence of traditional Arabic calligraphy on modern Arabic calligraphic-based logo designs. The process is accomplished by explaining and substantiating these influences in a step-by-step study applied on six selected Arabic calligraphic-based logos. As a conclusion, the study confirms a strong influence of traditional Arabic calligraphy on modern Arabic calligraphic-based logo designs.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Calligraphy, Arabic; Graphic design (Typography)--Arab countries; Logos (Symbols)--Arab countries
Graphic Design (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Design (CIAS)
Nancy A. Ciolek
Bruce Ian Meader
Alkharoubi, Amer, "Modern Arabic Calligraphic-Based Logos: The Influence of Traditional Arabic Calligraphy on Modern Arabic Calligraphic-based Logo Designs" (2013). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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