at What's New! Updated April 19, 2020
This web site is continuously updated with new project's displays, articles
and resources, samples of previous work, and the latest news from Sakkal Design.
If you have visited our site previously, we invite you to take a look at these updates.
I am pleased to announce the release of the expanded version of Shilia typeface with 8 condensed and 5 compressed styles added now, for a total of 21 styles. Univers is the companion Latin included in the font. 75% limited time introductory bundle sale. www.linotype.com
For the 125th anniversary of my high school "Al-Ma'moun", I wrote an article about my memories and designed a poster in which I wrote "Al-Ma'moun" in 25 Arabic typefaces that I designed over the years. Published in Aleppo in Al-Adiyyat Journal, in Arabic.
Our Sakkal Kitab Arabic typeface family received the Bronze Cube award in ADC Awards competition for 2018, it will be released the second half of 2019. Full entry information is posted here:
Sakkal Kitab is a new typeface family of five weights. This Naskh design is ideal for typesetting books, hece its name "Sakkal Book." The design is distinguished by having two sets of swash alternates and five sets of stretch (tatweel) alternates, as well as a host of fine OpenType features. Coming soon!
Our award winning Arabic display typeface "Bustan Bold" is now on sale for only $75 (was $125), order here
I will give a workshop on Arabic calligraphy at Slow Fiber Studios in Berkeley, CA, July 1-2, 2017. Come by if you are in the area. Part of Algorithmic Aesthetic Series.
The opening presentation before the workshop is titled "Engineering Ornament: Square Kufic Calligraphy in Textile Design" taking place July 1, 2017.
You can now download pdf file of published article Square Kufic Calligraphy in Identity Design
New calligraphy art prints are now available at http://mamoun-sakkal.pixels.com/collections/art+of+arabic+calligraphy
Announced release of Bustan Arabic Typeface available for sale on sakkal.com
Eid Mubarak. For complete prayer takbir see here
Updated font information for Sakkal Majalla, Microsoft Uighur, and Al-Futtaim typefaces.
More Arabic calligraphy for Institute of Knowledge mosque
ceiling and mihrab in California.
Sakkal Design creates a Square Kufic calligraphy band for the entrance of Masjid Omar in Mountlake Terracem Washington.
Marilyn Mayers of Bellevue TV produced a documentary show on Mamoun Sakkal's
artistic experience for the British Broadcasting Service (BBC). The show titled
"Taking Root in America" was broadcast first on Sunday, October 12th at 11 am
and again at 7 pm on Channel 28 in the United States. Dates for subsequent showings
are not available yet.
Mamoun Sakkal gave a talk about Arabic typography at St.
Bride Non-Latin Typeface Design conference, London, September 18-19, 2007.
July 2005: Logo for WhyIslam website.
June 2005: We announce the release of Hasan Alquds typeface, a contemporary and fun new font. Also check Linotype Arabic Type Design Contest.
May 2005: Logo design for Lusaka Muslim Society, "Nasheed" performance group, Stanford University, and One Wrold translation services. Arabic calligraphy for Women Writers of the Arab World in Diwani style.
April 2005: New Guest Gallery show for Rafia Hussain Kamel.
December 2004: An interview about Modern Arabic Typography: Challenges and Opportunities.
November 2004: New logo designs for Aleppo Citadel Friends, Mafqud.org, and al-Multaqa al-Arabi. Logotype for personal stationary
July 2004: New Guest Gallery show for Hasan Abu Afash.
June 2004: Mamoun Sakkal wins another international competition by Type Directors Club for Arabic script font "MS Uighur".
May 2004: Designs for Arab Fest poster and covers, ISNA 40th convention poster, program cover, and main stage banner.
February 2004: New logo designs for Ishtirak, Seattle Tashkent City Sister Association , and Siwak Dental Clinic.
December 2003: Arabic calligraphy for National Geographic magazine in Diwani style. New Arabic and Islamic calligraphy wallpapers for mobile phones.
September 2003: Mamoun Sakkal wins two international competitions by Type Directors Club and United Nations Development Programme. To make "The Art of Arabic Calligraphy" articles more useful, additional links are added to show different examples of calligraphy.
June 2003: Salam/Peace T-shirts are now available in three colors and many sizes to choose from. Also see the new Product Design section with new Arabic calligraphy designs for mugs and plates. A new lesson in Square Kufi calligraphy.
April 2003: We are planing to print Salam/Peace T-shirts. Please let us know if this will be of interest to you. Updated FAQ page with information on Arabic and Islamic wedding invitations.
December 2002: New Ramadan Imsakiyya and Searching Jenin bookcover and chapter titles in Arabic calligraphy. See our Guest Gallery for Abu Dawud's art show.
October 2002: New Eid Greeting Cards are ready now. Order yours early this Ramadan. Four new custom greetings. Arabic calligraphy for the cover of The Guardian Review of London, and for the book "A New Kind of Science" by Stephen Wolfram.
August 2002: Arabic Name Design cut in marble and granite, and Name Design using Sakkal Seta typeface. Logo design for Arabic.com web portal.
April 2002: A new section for Islamic Geometry containing a brief description of a course taught by Mamoun Sakkal at the University of Washington. Arabic calligraphy for Newsweek Magazine and Discover Islam covers. Logo design for KindHearts.
January 2002: New artwork based on Mahmoud Darwish's poem "A Lover From Palestine". A lesson on "how to improve computer generated calligraphic designs" using Thuluth fonts.
December 2001: Articles about Mamoun Sakkal's calligraphic work appeared as front-page stories at www.arabia.com, Arab-American Business Journal (both are in Eglish), and at www.elaph.com (in Arabic). Graphics for a fund-raising campaign by YesPakistan.com. A new Arabic name design.
July 2001: Added a new section for Original Arabic Typeface designs by Mamoun Sakkal.
A new section for Islamic Geometry containing a brief description of a course taught by Mamoun Sakkal in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle. The page contains samples of computer generated 3D models of muqarnas domes and star ribbed domes.
April 2001: An art exhibition of Mamoun Sakkal's calligraphic work at the Peal Gallery at the King Library, University of Kentucky. April 19 to April 28, 2001. New article Khat Naqsh in the work of three Iranian calligraphers . The complete graphics package for ISNA 37th. Annual Convention included 23 different designs based on one theme. New designs for Arab Festival 2001 logo, covers for Center for American Muslim Research and Information (CAMRI), and Breakfast Beef package for Middle East market.
January 2001: Calligarphic titles for a book on Syria, a film based on The One Thousand and One Nights and a few new Book Covers and Logo Designs.
We have received many requests for simple Arabic Calligraphy name translations. We are now offering this service.
The First Painting Biennial of the Islamic World was inaugurated by Iran's President Khatami on November 5, 2000. It will continue until December 25, 2000 at Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. Mamoun Sakkal is one of 35 Muslim artists whose artwork is included in this exhibition. The artwork is available for sale HERE.
October 2000: New for October: Check Arabic calligraphy proposal for a science museum in the Middle East, and graphics for the Arab American Cultural and Community Center of Houston annual fundraising gala.
August 2000: Cool art for the Summer. Mamoun Sakkal's Year 2000 Collection, of calligraphy, and our third artist featured in the Guest Gallery from Kuwait: Fareed al-Ali. Also check the updated Top10 List.
July 2000: See the new cover design for Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI) anthology.
If you are one of sakkal.com site visitors who asked for the Arabic phrase "Insha'a Allah" then look here.
I am pleased to announce the launching of an excellent website on Persian calligraphy: www.rumigallery.com, with calligraphic pieces of Sufi poetry of Rumi by the master calligrapher, and my Nastaliq teacher, Ali Rouhfar.
April 2000: Our second artist featured in the Guest Gallery is the Iranian calligrapher Ali Rouhfar from Seattle.
February 2000: A calligraphy conference is planned in Samarkand, see how you can participate. Arabic calligraphy in The Seattle Times newspaper article on Hajj. Package design for Middle Eastern Arabian Coffee and Food Products.
January 2000: A piece of artwork features a sculpture of Arabic calligraphy and poetry for the first time in a public space in the Northwest region.
December 1999: Ramadan is here. Order your Eid Greeting Cards early. Elegant and tasteful, and can be customized.
October 1999: The Arab Festival took place October 16 and 17, 1999. See the poster and program cover.
September 1999: The Guest Gallery will feature the work of outstanding graphic work related to Arabic and Islamic calligraphy. Our first artist is Ahmad Sha'ath from London.
April 1999: Calligraphic name design for wedding card.
February 1999: Our FAQ page is updated with more answers to your questions.
January 1999: Logo design for a new web site about Arab music, Fan al-Maqam.
December 1998: Ramadan is coming. Order your Eid Greeting Cards early. Elegant and tasteful, and can be customized. If you want to find out your Zakah amount and where to send it see our design for ISNA's Zakah Brochure for this year.
October 1998: Our Calligraphic Designs #1 clip art collection is reviewed by Islamic Horizons magazine. What a difference can the right Arabic version of an English logotype do to your product or business image! Arabic Type: A Challenge for the 2nd Millennium, article by Huda Smithshuijzen Abifares.
September 1998: Arabic version of logo for Edebiyat, The Journal of Middle Eastern Literature.
August 1998: See the poster for the 35th National Convention of the Islamic Society of North America. New web graphics by Sakkal Design can be viewed on this site now, inlcuding titles, backgrounds, and animated gif graphics where Arabic morphs into English.
April 1998: Iqra magazine cover design with arabesque pattern from the walls of Alhambra.
March 1998: Calligraphic name design for wedding card. This site is reviewed by London based Al-Jadeeda magazine, and is reproduced here with permission (in Arabic).
February 1998: Learn how to design Square Kufic calligraphic compositions.
Iqra magazine cover design with arabesque pattern, and calligraphic name design for Juneja family in a symmetrical Square Kufi style.
January 1998: Four new Eid Greeting Cards. Elegant and tasteful. Order yours before they are sold out.