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Restoring Malay Identity Through Experimental Typography
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Before modern Roman alphabet was introduced, it is said Malay community has been using Jawi as medium of writing. Jawi is an adapted Arabic alphabet and it is widely practiced in Nusantara or Malay Archipelago (Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Southern Thailand and Southern Philippines). Unlike Arabic alphabet, Jawi script has extra letterforms, which are modified to represent certain vowels sounds that can only be found in Malay language. These letterforms are 'nga', 'ca','gaf','va' and 'nya'. Hence historian has regarded Jawi as the cultural heritage that symbolizes Malay sovereignty and civilizations. This study attempts to conduct formal analysis by looking at both roman and Jawi alphabets. Using vector design tool namely Adobe Illustrator, several exploratory design tasks were carried out. A method called Deconstruction and Reconstruction were used which involved three levels: 1) breaking the letterforms into smaller parts; 2) matching and combining the broken parts; 3) manipulating the parts to form a new style. The final output of this study is a multiple design of Jawi scripts.

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Department of Graphic Design & digital Media, Faculty of art & Design, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Kampus Melaka,
78000 Alor Gajah
Melaka
Malaysia

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Mohamed Razeef bin Abdul Razak