Khatt Foundation Type Design Workshop

Dubai Workshop and Lecture Series 2011

21 Oct 2011
25 Oct 2011

5-Day workshop || 3-Day Lecture Series by several renowned Arab designers
Workshop leaders: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares, Lara Assouad Khoury, Pascal Zoghbi
Guest speakers: Wissam Shawkat, Sheikha Bin Dhaher, Salem Al Qassimi
Poster Exhibition (outcomes of workshop)

To apply for the workshop please register at Tashkeel's website at: http://www.tashkeel.org/En/Existing_Workshop_Signup.aspx

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Today’s urban development is a medley of symbols, forms, cultural identities, colors, sounds, smells and movements. This landscape can be an inspiring starting point for designing experimental and playful typefaces that reflect the spirit of a cosmopolitan city like Dubai. The workshop will be an experimental and basic type design workshop designed for graphic designers and visual artists with no (or little) knowledge of lettering and font design.

The workshop will be conducted with 3 instructors/typographers, each with a unique set of skills and design approach. The participants will be divided into 2 groups of 15, with each group collectively designing a typeface in an intense 3-day period. Participants will then be invited to pair up into teams of 2 and design a poster (using their larger team’s font). The resulting 10 - 15 silk-screened posters will serve to showcase the fonts and will be exhibited on the 5th day of the workshop in Tashkeel or the Pavilion Downtown Dubai (to be confirmed). In addition to the workshop, there will be evening talks held at the Pavilion Downtown Dubai, open to a more general public, for which 3 additional speakers will be invited.

LECTURE SERIES @ Pavillion Downtown Dubai

For general public

Day 1 - Friday, 21 October 2011
17.00 – 17.45 Talk on Arabic type trends by Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès
17.45 – 18.30 Talk on contemporary calligraphy by Wissam Shawkat

Day 2 – Saturday, 22 October 2011
17.00 – 17.45 Talk on type design / own work by Pascal Zoghbi
17.45 – 18.30 Talk on own book and typographic work by Sheikha Bin Dhaher

Day 3 – Sunday, 23 October 2011
17.00 – 17.45 Talk on type design / own work by Lara Assouad Khoury
17.45 – 18.30 Talk on own typographic work by Salem Al-Qasimi

Tuesday, 25 October 2011
Public Opening of exhibition @ Tashkeel

WORKSHOP @ Tashkeel

For workshop participants only (max. 30 persons)

The workshop consists of 5 intense days that will be structured as follows:

Day 1 - Friday, 21 October 2011
10.00 – 11.00 Introduction of project & talk about Arabic type trends
11.00 – 12.00 Drawing session / sketching
14.00 – 16.00 Design session of letters

Day 2 – Saturday, 22 October 2011
10.00 – 12.00 Finalize the font design (on Adobe Illustrator)
14.00 – 16.00 Finalize the font files (on FontLab)

Day 3 – Sunday, 23 October 2011
10.00 – 12.00 Typographic poster design using the font on illustrator (Arabic Proverbs)
14.00 – 16.00 Finalize typographic poster design using the font on illustrator

Day 4 – Monday, 24 October 2011
10.00 – 18.00 Silkscreen printing of posters

Day 5 – Tuesday, 25 October 2011
10.00 – 16.00 Hanging the exhibition


Tashkeel members 2250 dhs per course
Non-members 2500 dhs per course
Student/Group of 5 2250 dhs per course