Design your own Arabic Type Design - 5 days

Language: English

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25 February 2019 - 1 March 2019
Time: 5:00 PM
Duration: 180


Knowledge Tower | Floor 8 Class 1


Suitable for 16+ years.

Language: English, The vision of Arabic Type Design is to search for modernity in Arabic type design while maintaining a thread between script and type. This workshop is part of a series of Arabic type design workshops, for participants to create typefaces based on the intrinsic characteristics of the Arabic script.

Using traditional and digital techniques, participents will be guided through drawing an individual typeface based on principles that are essential and unique to the Arabic script. Calligraphy, lettering and type design will alternate with theoretical and font production sessions to provide students with a comprehensive base for designing high-quality Arabic typefaces. 

This workshop is a continuation of “Principles of Arabic Type Design”. In this phase, participants will learn how to transform their concepts and hand-drawings to meet the requirements of the digital world. Participants will learn to draw clean digital curves in the Glyphs App, one of the softwares specially made for creating professional typefaces. And they will be assisted in creating a basic set of letters that can later become a full-fledged typeface.

Workshop Level: Intermediate
Workshop Prerequisites:

Workshop Prerequisites: A professional in the field of design, a typographer, a print or e-media publisher; a design student; a programmer or a historian or someone who is simply passionately interested in diving into the vast field of Arabic type design. Recommended for participants to take after "Principles of Arabic Type Design" workshop.

*Participants should have their Macbooks laptops equipped with Glyphs App (trial version)

Trainer: Kristyan Sarkis - Managing Partner at TPTQ Arabic

Kristyan Sarkis is a type and graphic designer based in The Netherlands. He holds a BA in Graphic Design from Notre Dame University (Lebanon) and an MA in Type and Media from the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague, The Netherlands. His typefaces include Thuraya, Greta Text Arabic (Typotheque) and Colvert Arabic ( He has designed the bespoke Arabic typeface for the identity and wayfinding system of the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum, in collaboration with Philippe Apeloig and Ateliers Jean Nouvel. He has written articles on Arabic Typography for Typotheque with whom he repeatedly collaborates, and taught Arabic Type Design in Virginia Commonwealth University - Qatar in 2009 and Typography in the Lebanese American University in 2014.