Amalgam is an ad hoc publication series that explores the intersection of typography, language, and the visual arts through transdisciplinary projects, critical investigations, and speculative proposals from invited contributors organized around thematic propositions. Tracing contemporary discourses around visual and typographic manifestations of language and identity, Amalgam materializes a vital and dynamic fellowship of diverse designers and artists with shared interests in the mutability of language, the instability of communication, and the prospects for more equitable futures.
Amalgam op. III explores tacit language. The phrase “zaban-e bi-zabani” in Farsi refers to a form of tacit language that is associated with silent or indirect response. It is often used to describe the method through which a person expresses their position and challenges. The power of this language, however, lies in its ability to repurpose and subvert the mundane and seemingly insignificant into a critique of the impenetrable, established, and unchangeable set of conditions. Contributors to this issue: Shiraz Gallab / Golnar Adili / Pegah Ahmadi / Somnath Bhatt / Ben Duvall / Nicole Killian / Devin King / Chris Lee / Jacob Lindgren / Yuko Mohri / Elham Namvar / Clifton Ritchie / Fiona Ross / Mindy Seu / Franziska Weitgruber.
Trim Size: 6.5 x 9 in
Number of Pages: 192
Binding Method: perfect binding
Paper: interior: uncoated white 100 gsm (t), cover: uncoated white 300 gsm (c)
Typefaces: Gig, Nikolai, Roba, Kaligari, Porta, Sanzi (Designed by Franziska Weitgruber)
Book Designer: Pouya Ahmadi
Jacket/Cover Designer: Pouya Ahmadi
Other Credits: Somnath Bhatt - Rebirth; Shiraz Gallab - Entry Point; Golnar Adili - From Your Heart to My Heart There Are References.;
Amalgam op. III
Book and Cover
Book Title: Amalgam op. III
Author/Editor: Pouya Ahmadi
“Super inventive. Demands you both pay attention and also just enjoy being around it. The use of two color is choice. Love the use of type as ornament, but also how it elevates the sense of the unknown and the beautiful. The digital queerness is very evident and striking.” —Brian Johnson
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