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I regularly run Arabic and Latin type design and digital lettering workshops. I like to propose a singular approach at the intersection of TYPE - LANGUAGE and CULTURE. It's always relevant to look at type in context. It's also a great way to bring novice audiences into the world of type.
I previously ran workshops at Tumo Centers in Yerevan and Paris - ESAV Marrakesh -
The CASS London - MMAG Amman - Tashkeel Dubai.

Latin Letters made in
Armenia
 
Latin Digital Lettering co-run with Riccardo De Franceschi
Tumo Center Yerevan 
10 days (40 hours)
October 2018.

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Latin Digital Lettering
10 days (30 hours)
Tumo Center Paris
March 2019

Working collectively during a workshop is a great way to understand the notion of system. Indeed creating type is creating a coherent ensemble of elements. And it takes a lot of time to do so; months, sometimes years. Workshops last only a few days, sometimes a few hours. Working together allows to understand the mechanics and bring the work further. 

Arabic type design
MMAG Amman
3 days (21 hours)
October 2019

When I run workshops with complete novice audiences, I often propose a corpus of letters varying from calligraphy to lettering as references. Type start with observing  letterforms, studying their shapes and behaviour. Following a model of a few letters and imagining what's missing is a great exercise. And there is still a lot to create and decide on. 

Arabic type design
Esav Marrakesh
5 days (35 hours)
October 2018

Starting from SCRATCH means starting from SKETCH. I always propose lots of hand drawing exercises to warm up.