New in the graphic design collection
Please take a look at three newcomers to our graphic design collection:
The booklet, the newsprint and the poster, being reviewed in our library by curator Caroline Fuchs.
And please get to know Wael Morcos (@waelmorcos) and Jon Key (@jkey13) founders of Morcos Key, the Brooklyn based design studio – and origin of these graphic works.
Morcos Key brings together two incredible perspectives and represents a model for how a contemporary design studio can create vital work that gives visibility to underrepresented communities.
The studio works with a variety of arts and cultural institutions, nonprofits, and companies in both North America and the Middle East, providing services as varied as brand strategy, Latin and Arabic type design, and book design, to name a few.
Booklet: Graphik Arabic Typeface and the specimen booklet were designed by Wael Morcos and Khajag Apelian (@khajag) in 2017, released also in 2017 by @commercialtype. Softcover, 48 pages. The typeface Graphik Arabic combines the simplified strokes of a grotesque with the structure and proportion of a fluid script.
The Arabic aims to be a meaningful departure from calligraphic detailing and presents a utilitarian workhorse with a plain style. Newsprint: I WANT SKY collects prose, poems, and hybrid work celebrating Egyptian activist Sarah Hegazy and honors the lives of all LGBTQ+ Arabs and people of the SWANA region and its diaspora. Morcos Key conceptualized and designed this special print edition that took the form of a newsprint.
The publication was made by @mizna_arabart + @aaww_nyc
Poster: Designed by Wael Morcos and Khajag Apelian to celebrate the release of the typeface Lyon Arabic, an extension to Kai Bernau’s Lyon family.
The front reads “I became attached to Naskh as if I’m a scribe”, overlaid on an illustration generated by Just van Rossum (@justvanrossum) as a modern interpretation of the paper marbling that is a hallmark of historical Arabic book Design.
The fonts and posters were published by @commercialtype