The talk and workshop I gave at NUQAT Design Conference, Kuwait 2012, revolved around the topic of reviving traditional Arabic script into contemporary Arabic typefaces, patterns/arabesques and design applications for our everyday life. The traditional is not lost but being redefined.

LECTURE, 5th October, 2:00 pm:
Reinventing The Arabic Script / Contemporary Out of Archaic
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Lecture Description
The talk is a journey between archaic/traditional Arabic calligraphy and contemporary Arabic typography and typefaces. Old calligraphic manuscripts were compared with contemporary Arabic typefaces from the 29LT Arabic type collection to showcase the inspiration and creative process of developing innovative Arabic fonts that are in reference to archaic calligraphic writings.

WORKSHOP 7, 7th, 8th & 9th October, 2:00pm to 6:00pm:
Square Kufic / Arabesque Patterns
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Workshop Description
The workshop granted the participants the comprehension of Arabic Kufic patterns and enabled them to create their own Kufic patterns. The workshop introduced the three main Kufic calligraphic styles: Archaic Kufic, Floral Modern Kufic and Square Kufic, and then moved on to become a Hands-On drawing session of arabesque patterns.

Participants started with sketching words, to creating Kufic arabesque patterns, and finally transforming the 2D pattern into a design element that can be used in our everyday modern life.

Below are some of the design items created by the participants:

Square Kufic TABLE:
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Square Kufic KITE:
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Square Kufic DOOR HANGER:
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Archaic Kufic CERAMIC PLATE:
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Modern Kufic BRACELET:
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Modern Kufic T-SHIRT:
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Square Kufic iPHONE COVER:
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Square Kufic INTERIOR MURAL:
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Square Kufic BOOKMARK:
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Modern Kufic GLASS LANTERN:
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