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Sunday, March 20 • 10:15am - 11:15am
This MUST Be a Sign: What Signage in Israel Tells Us About Politics, Nationalism, and the Future

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Typography is written language presented in aesthetic form to communicate a message to a public audience. Within the state of Israel, the typography of public spaces reflects the political systems of language preferences. Hebrew and Arabic are the two official languages of Israel, and English is used as the semi-official language. Currently, trilingual signage is a commonality of Israel’s urban environment, where letterforms of Hebrew, Arabic, and English are presented to supply a translation of the same information. This session examines the use of Hebrew, Arabic, and English typography within Israeli public spaces and explores language preferences in relation to social and cultural nationalism.


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Shayna Blum

Shayna T. Blum is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Xavier University of Louisiana and the Principal of Blum Visual Communication Laboratory. She has received a Mellon Grant in 2015, the Paul and Eleanor Harper Fellowship in 2007, and the Breckenridge Artist in Residence... Read More →

Sunday March 20, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Lavin-Bernick Center -- Room 204 Tulane University, 201 Boggs, New Orleans, LA 70118