Dan Owen

Dan Owen

Carbondale, IL, US



I'm a front end web designer with a passion for muqarnas. Muqarnas are an Islamic geometric space-enclosing system. Historically it was used in domes, portals and on minarets. The Alhambra utilizes muqarnas.

My work with muqarnas explores new forms of domes, flat ceilings and spiral staircase ceilings. These latter forms, spiral staircase ceilings are not found in the architectural record.

My entry into the world of muqarnas was made possible by the Masters thesis of Dr. Mamoun Sakkal. Dr. Sakkal has moved on to the world of designing Arabic fonts and other beautiful work, while I find myself, tortoise-like, slowly carrying the muqarnas baton. 

Unlike traditional muqarnas blocks, the muqarnas system as I understood it from Mamoun can be conceived in a manner that is both simpler and more rigorous. This lends a certain inevitability to the develdevelopment of new forms. 



DxR Development Gro up, Inc., Carbondale, IL, US, Front end web designer

Utilize HTML5, jQuery, CSS3, motion graphics, sound and imagery in the development of medical education software.

Jul 2005 - current


Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL, US, Masters, Masters of Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Sep 1976 - Aug 1978

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Chicago, IL, US, Masters, Mastersof Fine Arts

Sep 1974 - Aug 1976

Millikin University, Decatur, IL, Decatur, IL, US, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Sep 1972 - Aug 1974

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