Academic writing

My PhD has not been published yet, although you can find an article based on my research in Typography Papers 9, published by Hyphen Press. In the meantime you may be interested in consulting the abstract. PDF download (15KB)

As is widely known, the MA in Reading features substantial research as part of its programme. Many of the resulting dissertations have contributed significantly to typographic discourse and are widely consulted: see for example Mark Jamra’s archive on typeculture, and the MATD’s official website. Of course they are student work, and ought to be seen and evaluated as such. However, many of them are informative, well-researched pieces and some are indeed better informed than published books.


My own MA dissertation from 2006 engages with the (then) current state of Arabic newspaper type and typography, and provides an overview of some typical issues. Although I would certainly write some things differently now, it might still be a useful resource for many interested in Arabic type and typography. PDF download (3MB)


Another essay I wrote during the course of the MATD was entitled ‘Harmonisation of Arabic and Latin script. Possibilities and obstacles’. It was a piece written only three months into the course, and is an early consideration of the subject. Some of its ideas retain some value, although my thinking about the topic has evolved since then. PDF download (4MB)

Lastly, the ‘Reflections on practice’ document formed an integral part of our course structure at the MATD. It is still being consulted by current and aspiring students who find it valuable to gauge what they may expect in Reading, so I keep it here for this purpose. PDF download (1.5MB)