“Arabish”, initially known as a hybrid form of text messaging, where Latin characters are used to replace Arabic pronunciation, is now more than just that. It is a way of speaking and a way of life, especially for mainstream Emirati youth (citizens of the United Arab Emirates).
“Bilingual Scripting” examines the futuristic possibilities of writing, reading, seeing, and experiencing text for the mainstream Arabish culture. It is a script that is bilingual in its nature but singular in its execution.
Playing off the ultra-futuristic vision of the UAE, a hypothetical three-dimensional interactive alphabet was designed to be used by the mainstream Arabish culture in the UAE. It is based on the notion of speaking and writing almost simultaneously colloquial Emirati Arabic and English. To support both languages, the letterforms were designed to play with two different viewing perspectives, one angle allows for the reading of the Arabic and the other angle for the reading of the equivalent English.
Building on the idea of culture being the result of natural “chance operations”, “Bilingual Scripting” is a generative alphabet designed to respond to interactions based on input, alluding to the idea of the constant transformation of a “living” culture based on internal and external forces.