Workshop: Arabic Lettering & Arabesque in Product Design

The Khatt Foundation Workshop @ Design Days Dubai 2012

A public workshop on the role of Arabic lettering in bringing an Arab/Middle Eastern look and identity to product design.
Led by Huda Smitshuijzen-AbiFarès & Lara Assouad-Khoury
Date: 18 March 2012
Location: Design Days Dubai, Education Tent.
Morning session: 11am – 1pm
Afternoon session: 4.30pm-6.30pm
Duration: 2hrs (each)


Registration forms are available at . Once completed, the form should be sent to


Typeseat_Nuqat_color - Nuqat font designed by Khajag Apelian, René Knip, and Jeroen van Erp for the Typographic Matchmaking in the city Project Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès

The workshop will address the role that Arabic lettering can play in bringing an Arab/Middle Eastern look and identity to product design that is made by and/or for the region. The workshop will show some key case studies of work by several designers from the Khatt Foundation network and will discuss 3D lettering and typographic systems in furniture design production in different local materials/techniques, and new visual design approaches. These will be used as sources of inspiration to discuss what ideas and strategies can be developed for UAE-based design and designers.

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