Principles of Arabic Type Design - 5 days

Language: English

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18 February 2019 - 22 February 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 the first of a series of Arabic type design workshops, to be followed by Design Your Own Arabic Type Design.

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. 

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the guiding principles of Arabic type design. We will go through a brief history of script to type to understand past and contemporary issues surrounding the Arabic letter. We will explain and experiment with the characteristics of Arabic script in order to produce a set of hand-drawn letters. This set will serve as the basis for a typeface.

Workshop Level: Intermediate
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. 
Trainer: Lara Captan