Hebrew in the World of Design
Hebrew is my first language and has always fascinated me in both the design aspect and the cultural aspect.
I find the Hebrew lettering unique, there is no language similar to it (except Yiddish, which is barely used today): It's written from right-to-left, square shaped.
As much as I wanted to learn from the research, I also wanted to get the information across to people who know very little to nothing about Hebrew. Most people's knowledge starts and ends with the connection of Hebrew to religion and the Bible. There is so much more to it than that. It's a beautiful language, written and verbal, that deserves to be spread and known across the world.
In the book I have chosen to focus on 3 main case-studies: the formation history of Hebrew lettering, a well known typeface used often in Hebrew design, called Hadassah, and Oded Ezer, an Israeli graphic designer and typographer that works in English as well as Hebrew and is responsible for some beautiful contemporary designs.
The content, design and structure of the book was made by myself.
The book starts from right to left, as books in Hebrew are, and there are two columns per page organized from right to left, to maintain the feel of reading a book in Hebrew, though it is written in English. The whole book is in black and white, except from a small orange arrow found at the bottom of the pages to remind readers the order of which the book is read.
All the textures in the book are made from Hebrew letters: the pattern at the beginning of the book is made from Alef, א, which is the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet, and the pattern at the end of the book, Taf, ת, is the last letter in the Hebrew alphabet.
The cover was printed on textured 75gsm paper to give a rough yet delicate feeling to it, as I consider the information in it to be precious, so should the book feel physically.
Presentation was in a black box with the Hebrew alphabet (Aharon typeface) mono-printed on top.