Khajag Apelian and I were the last workshop leaders in the 4th phase of the Khatt Foundation Arabic Type Design Workshop Series 2012 that took place at Tashkeel, Dubai. You can read more about the workshop process and the leaders at the Khatt Foundation website.
Khajag and I tackled the advanced type drawing techniques with the participants after they had started drawing their letters in the previous phases of the workshop. In addition to refining the drawing of the Arabic glyphs, we introduced to the participants all the technical aspects for developing and generating Arabic fonts.
The topics covered were:
1. Unicode system / Arabic Unicode character sets.
2. Spacing individual glyphs and using some metrics scripts or actions.
3. Metric and Opentype Classes.
4. Opentype Features, focusing on the Arabic features.
5. Naming Fonts.
6. Generating Fonts.