Arabic Type Design for Beginners 2015

A Khatt Foundation workshop

12 Nov 2015
18 Nov 2015

A 7-day intensive Arabic Type Design workshop with Huda Smitshuijzen Abifares, Georg Seifert, Lara Assouad, and Khajag Apelian.

Registration is open at: http://www.tashkeel.org

Curator and workshop coordinator: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares, Khatt Foundation

KHTT_ATDBW2015_sm - Khatt Foundation Type Design Workshop (12-18 Nov) at Tashkeel in Dubai. Sketches and type by Khajag Apelian. KhaJag Apelian


The programme for the fifth Khatt Foundation Type Design Workshop at Tashkeel will cover the complex process of Arabic typeface design: from the creative inception phase, to drawing the letterforms, and finally to learning font authoring tools and producing a digital Arabic font.

The workshop will consist of historical presentations and practical exercises on Arabic lettering and typeface design. It will introduce the participants to the basics of the Glyphs font authoring software. It will teach participant how to translate lettering into digital outlines, and how to develop and generate a basic functioning Arabic font.

Instruction will include for the advanced level the following:
—Historical presentation on Arabic calligraphy and typography
—Lettering and their translation to digital outlines
—The basics of the Glyphs authoring software
—The creation of basic Arabic character set
—The production of functioning Arabic font.

Requirements and extra information

1. Participants should be proficient working on software like Adobe Illustrator, in a Mac environment.
2. Participants should bring their own laptop to the workshop (minimum system Mac OS X 10.9).
3. The participant should be prepared to work intensively, investing their own time outside of workshop timings.
4. Due to the compressed time and the nature of the workshops there will be homework required.
The number of participants is limited, please sign up as soon as possible if you are interested.

Timings: 10 – 6 pm (with a 1-hour lunch break)

Workshop fees (including lunches): AED 5500

For registration, fees and related information Call: +9714 336 3313, or email: tashkeel@tashkeel.org