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Khatt Foundation Arabic Type Design Workshop Series 2012

15-Day workshop series by renowned Arab designers and calligraphers

Registration is open at: http://www.tashkeel.org/En/Current_Workshops.aspx

For this second Khatt Foundation Type Design workshop at Tashkeel the proposed program will cover the complex process of Arabic typeface design, from the creative inception phase, to drawing the letterforms, to learning font authoring tools and producing a digital Arabic font.

Curator and workshop coordinator: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares, Khatt Foundation
Workshop leaders and lecturers: Wissam Shawkat, Majid Alyousef, Lara Assouad Khoury, Pascal Zoghbi, Khajag Apelian, Yara Khoury, Kristyan Sarkis, Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès.

The Khatt Foundation Type Design Workshop 2012 will consist of a series of 5 3-day workshops that break down the process of type design into 5 stages. Each workshop is conducted by one or two renown specialists from calligraphers to renown Arab type designers. Each workshop will kick off with a public lecture on the first evening of the workshop.

W1—Workshop on Arabic calligraphy

Majid Alyousef & Lara Assouad-Khoury
Date: 6—8 November 2012
Timings: 10 – 12 am & 1 – 5 pm
This first workshop will be a practical exercises on Arabic calligraphy and the rules and structure of some of the main Arabic calligraphic styles: Naskh & Kufic

W2—Workshop Arabic lettering

Lara Assouad-Khoury & Majid Alyousef
Date: 9—11 November 2012
Timings: 10 – 12 am & 1 – 5 pm
This second workshop will take the design process to the second step, will focus on translating the calligraphic exercises into lettering, and digitally drawn letterforms in Adobe Illustrator and FontLab.

W.3—Workshop on Type Design 1

Yara Khoury & Kristyan Sarkis
Date: 12—14 November 2012
Timings: 10 – 12 am & 1 – 5 pm
This third workshop carries on from the second workshop, will focus on working in FontLab, improving the letterforms, learning how to kern and properly space and refine the font.

W.4 —Workshop on Type Design 2

Pascal Zoghbi & Khajag Apelian
Date: 19—21 November 2012
Timings: 10 – 12 am & 1 – 5 pm
This fourth workshop carries on from the third workshop, will focus on finalizing the font and generating an OpenType typeface with all its intricacies and necessary programming.

W.5 —Workshop on Typography

Huda Smitshuijzen-AbiFarès & Lara Assouad-Khoury
Date: 22—24 November 2012
Timings: 10 – 12 am & 1 – 5 pm
This fifth and last workshop, will put the fonts to the test. Using the format of the artist/process book, the fonts and the design process will be presented. The fonts will be used to create sample specimen sheets, objects and a book.

A book and exhibition will be produced after the workshop, documenting the work produced.

There are 4 alternative tracks that are possible to follow, to accommodate those that cannot follow the whole workshop series:

1. Track 1: Arabic Lettering track consisting of:
—W1–Arabic calligraphy (6—8 November 2012)
—W2–Arabic lettering (9—11 November 2012)

2. Track 2: Arabic Type Design track consisting of:
—W1–Arabic calligraphy (6—8 November 2012)
—W2–Arabic lettering (9—11 November 2012)
—W3–Type Design 1 (12—14 November 2012)
—W4–Type Design 2 (19—21 November 2012)

3. Track 3: Arabic Typography track consisting of:
W5. Typography objectified (22—24 November 2012)

4. Track 4: The full workshop series consisting of W1, W2, W3, W4 & W5
Ideally participants will opt for Track 4 and taking the whole set of classes

Comments (20)

in UAE?

I wish i can make it,
please keep me posted

,
28 Jul 2012, 16:56

great!

The first one was really good!

,
30 Jul 2012, 11:12

I've been waiting...

I'm definitely in. I look forward to receiving more information soon

,
30 Jul 2012, 14:32

Why never in Beirut?

Please do one in Beirut!

,
30 Jul 2012, 14:41

Nice!

Looking forward...

,
30 Jul 2012, 14:42

Re: Why never in Beirut?

Nisrine Sarkis:
Please do one in Beirut!

Dear Nisrine,
We would love to do such a workshop in Beirut. But until now no one ever commissioned us, and showed interest us in Beirut. If you know of such institution or are interested in making suggestions of people who could be interested, then by all means please get in touch with me about it.

With best regards,
Huda

,
30 Jul 2012, 15:53

..

Why not Cairo?! :(

,
31 Jul 2012, 4:45

Shorter? Special Hotel Rates?

Very interesting but too long a period, to leave work for 15-20 days is a bit too much, might there be a similar but shorter event such as the one that was done in Istanbul? Are there special hotel rates for participants?

,
19 Aug 2012, 15:20

Hello

How do I sign up? this is an amazing opportunity!

,
5 Sep 2012, 20:17

Re: Shorter? Special Hotel Rates?

Farah:
Very interesting but too long a period, to leave work for 15-20 days is a bit too much, might there be a similar but shorter event such as the one that was done in Istanbul? Are there special hotel rates for participants?

Dear Farah,
1. you take a shorter track (so only 1 or two tracks of the wortkshop).
2. regarding the hotel rates, that is something to ask Tashkeel directly, since they are on the ground and the hosting institution.
I hope this helps and that you would be able to join for all or part of the workshops.
Kind regards, Huda

,
3 Oct 2012, 14:02

Re: ..

omneiat:
Why not Cairo?! :(

we are working on this. inshallah we have a hosting institute in Cairo soon.

,
3 Oct 2012, 14:03

Tarik

Such a shame that this is not in Jordan, would've loved to attend them all.

,
3 Oct 2012, 14:05

Re: Tarik

Tarik El-Khateeb:
Such a shame that this is not in Jordan, would've loved to attend them all.

Yes indeed this is something to work on. We would love to make such a series of workshops in Amman. Consider added to our future plans.

,
3 Oct 2012, 15:48

NYC or Boston?

How about New York or Boston! :) Any plans?

,
3 Oct 2012, 17:38

Vancouver Worshop Series

I would like to attend these workshop but I leave all in Vancouver, Canada.
I could even organize them for you if you ever decided to come here. My email address is mma99@sfu.ca

Maryam

,
3 Oct 2012, 22:44

Cairo is waiting

I wish I could join this workshop, but I'm happy you're planning to come to Cairo I hope to see you soon then :)

,
3 Oct 2012, 23:10

Hi!

What's the entry level / skills required for those courses? Need more info about this pls.. Thank you!

,
13 Oct 2012, 5:11

Re: Hi!

Alia Al Mulla:
What's the entry level / skills required for those courses? Need more info about this pls.. Thank you!

Dear Alia,

What you need is a art and design background plus a working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign programs. The workshops are meant for visual artists and designers interested in developing their skills of Arabic type design and digital fonts production. It is an intense introductory course for type design.

I hope this answers your question adequately, please get in touch with me directly if you have further questions.

Best, Huda

,
13 Oct 2012, 13:24

Re: Re: Hi!

Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares:
Alia Al Mulla:What's the entry level / skills required for those courses? Need more info about this pls.. Thank you!
Dear Alia,
What you need is a art and design background plus a working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign programs. The workshops are meant for visual artists and designers interested in developing their skills of Arabic type design and digital fonts production. It is an intense introductory course for type design.
I hope this answers your question adequately, please get in touch with me directly if you have further questions.
Best, Huda

It does, Thank you Huda!

,
14 Oct 2012, 0:57

sharing an apartment?

Hello,

Anyone who wants to share an apartment? Still looking for a place to stay during the full course. If yes, you can contact me: fennazamouri@hotmail.com If you have a tip, please do let me know!

kind regards,

fenna

,
17 Oct 2012, 15:19

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