The Khatt Foundation Type Design Workshop

The Khatt Foundation Type Design Workshop
Hosted by Tashkeel & Pavilion Downtown Dubai, 21 – 25 October 2011

5 Days workshop, 3 Days 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
1 Poster Exhibition (outcomes of workshop)

NOTE: The text present in the post is written by Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares and the images are taken from the participants in the workshop.

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.

Downtown Dubai

The workshop is 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 is conducted with 3 instructors/typographers, each with a unique set of skills and design approach. The participants are divided into 2 groups of 15, with each group collectively designing a typeface in an intense 3-day period. Participants are 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 are served to showcase the fonts and were exhibited on the 5th day of the workshop in Tashkeel exhibition space. In addition to the workshop, there were evening talks held at the Pavilion Downtown Dubai, open to a more general public, from the workshop leaders and 3 additional guest speakers.

Tashkeel Space

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Day 1 – Friday, 21 October 2011
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Introduction of project & talk about Arabic type trends
Drawing session / sketching
Design session of letters

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Lecture Series Day 1
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The Pavilion Downtown Dubai

Talk on Arabic type trends by Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès

Talk on contemporary calligraphy by Wissam Shawkat

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Day 2 – Saturday, 22 October 2011
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Design session of letters
Tracing font design (on Adobe Illustrator)

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Lecture Series Day 2
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Talk on Arabic type design & own work by Pascal Zoghbi

Talk on own book and typographic work by Sheikha Bin Dhaher

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Day 3 – Sunday, 23 October 2011
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Finalize the font files (on FontLab)
Typographic poster design using the font on illustrator (Arabic Proverbs)

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Lecture Series Day 3
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Talk on type design / own work by Lara Assouad Khoury

Talk on own typographic work by Salem Al-Qasimi

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Day 4 – Monday, 24 October 2011
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Finalize typographic poster design using the font
Silkscreen printing of posters

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Day 5 – Tuesday, 25 October 2011
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Poster Exhibition

3 thoughts on “The Khatt Foundation Type Design Workshop

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  1. Wonderful post Pascal! I love that my poster is the first one up there :-)! Thanks for a wonderful workshop! We are waiting for more!

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