Khatt Foundation Arabic Type Design Workshop Series 2013

9-Day workshop with renowned Arab designers and calligrapher

25 Oct 2013
2 Nov 2013

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

The programme for the third 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 fianlly to learning font authoring tools and producing a digital Arabic font.

Curator and workshop coordinator: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares, Khatt Foundation

Workshop leaders and lecturers: Mouneer Al-Shaarani, Lara Assouad Khoury, Khajag Apelian, Georg Seifert, and Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès.

khtt_Wrkshp2013_IMG - Fonts and sketches feature the work from the previous Khatt Foundation Type Design workshop at Tashkeel. Typeface designs by Zainab Ahmad, Abir Fawaz, Basma Hamdy, and Ghaya Bin Mesmar. Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès

The Khatt Foundation Type Design Workshop will consist of a series of workshops that break down the process of type design into 3 stages. The workshops will be in divided into 3 sections, each consisting of a 3-days class conducted by renown designers/specialists.

—Workshop 1 (3 days): 25—27 October 2013

Timings: 9 – 6 pm (with a 1-hour lunch break)
Topic: Arabic Calligraphy & Lettering
Instructors: Mouneer Al-Shaarani / Lara Assouad-Khoury / Huda Smitshuijzen-AbiFares
This 1st workshop will consist of historical presentations and practical exercises on Arabic calligraphy and lettering. It will lead to a drawing of a full basic Arabic character set.

—Workshop 2 (3 days): 28—30 October 2013

Timings: 9 – 6 pm (with a 1-hour lunch break)
Topic: Arabic Type Design I
Instructors: Lara Assouad-Khoury / Huda Smitshuijzen-AbiFares / Khajag Apelian / Georg Seifert
This 2nd workshop carries on from the 1st workshop. It will introduce the font editing tools (Glyph and FontLab) and will focus on translating the lettering into digital outlines, and refining their designs.

—Workshop 3 (3 days): 31 October —2 November 2013

Timings: 9 – 6 pm (with a 1-hour lunch break)
Topic: Arabic Type Design II
Instructors: Huda Smitshuijzen-AbiFares / Khajag Apelian / Georg Seifert
This 3rd workshop carries on from the 2nd workshop. It will help the participants further refine their design, learn more technical tools and generate a basic 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 10.5).
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.


There are 2 alternative tracks available:

Track 1 (6 days): Workshops 1 + 2 / Fee : AED 5,000

(accommodates those that cannot follow the whole workshop form beginning to end).

Track 2 (9 days): The whole series of Workshops 1—3 / Fee : AED 6,600



For registration and payment conditions please visit the Tashkeel website
Fees will include workshop, a goodies bag with books and font authoring software, and lunch