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 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.