I will be giving feedback on Arabic type work in progress together with Sahar Afshar on June Friday 19, 2020. The session will be live on Zoom. More infos here. See you there! Alphacrit is organised by Alphabettes.
Recently I ran a type modification workshop at the CASS with the BA 2 Visual Communication students. First I got to show my work and recent projects, from my corporate to independent career. Then I introduced the process of type design. For the purpose of the workshop, I selected a set of design parameters for the students to explore and play with. The goal was to give "neutral" sans serif geometric letterforms quirk and personality.
This was my first time in Dubai and my first time at Tashkeel.
Huda Abi Farès invited me to run with her an Arabic type design workshop for beginner. At first we had a full day to introduce the Arabic script and type. Huda gave a thorough historical lecture then I talked about the design of Arabic fonts. The day continued with a series of exercises. After that we met the attendees every evening for 5 days. Meanwhile next door Khajag Apelian was teaching the advanced group.
During Amman Design Week 2019 I gave a workshop on Arabic type design at MMAG, a beautiful place dedicated to contemporary art. After an introduction on the Arabic script and my work; I proposed a series of exercises to understand the modularity of the Arabic script. Then we started playing with type parameters. After that, the attendees decided together on the brief for their design. This was the first time I proposed a group to work collectively on a typeface. Each participant was responsible for a set of a few letters and has to work with others for common parts.
Together with Riccardo De Franceschi, we ran a digital lettering workshop at Tumo center in Yerevan, Armenia! We wrote a detailed article for Typographica blog. You can head here to read it. Below the work of Ellen Demirian.
I designed a poster for the Jazz + Ink exhibition in Beirut. It's the Jazz song Summertime in Arabic letters. I was invited together with a great bunch of designers and artists by Yara Khoury and Khajag Apelian. There are many versions of this song that I love. The one I listened to when designing the letters is the recording by Billie Holiday, 1936.