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.
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.
The Arabic Graffiti workshop was part of the White Wall graffiti and street art event that was held at Beirut Art Center and all over the walls of Beirut. French graffiti artist Zepha-Vincent Abadie Hafez and I gave the workshop together to 15 young Lebanese designers and artists.
This spring, the elective course “Introduction to Arabic Type Design” at AUB [American University of Beirut] was introduced. It is given part of the Graphic Design program at AUB. Third and fourth year students who were interested in Arabic type and wanted to develop their skills in understanding and drawing Arabic letters, enrolled in the course. The course was an ongoing collaboration between the students and I. I had to evaluate what they could and needed to learn as opposed to what was too advanced for them.
The Censored. Why now? Graffiti in Beirut post Arab revolutions article and images are being displayed within the Culture In Defiance: Continuing Traditions of Satire, Art and the Struggle for Freedom in Syria. exhibition at the Prince Claus Fund Gallery from the 04th june till the 23rd november 2012.
Featured graffiti images shot in Beirut in May 2012.
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Since the publication of the Arabic Graffiti Book in 2011, which I co-edited with Don Karl, the scene and stance of graffiti in Beirut has changed drastically. With the development of the Arab Spring across the neighboring Arab nations such as in Syria and Egypt, Beirut has experienced a new Arab graffiti scene and a new censorship aspect that was not present in the previous years. Alongside Lebanese socio-political stencils and murals, Beirut is being bombarded with Syrian, Egyptian and as usual Palestinian political and revolutionary writings.
An elegant contemporary Arabic and Latin type characterize the new corporate identity of Shawati’ Magazine, Abu Dhabi. The new design and layout of the magazine was complemented by the creation of a unique Arabic and Latin Display type.
There was an array of interesting speakers at NUQAT Design Conference 2012 this year. Talks concerning contemporary use of Arab Islamic Art and Arabesque were addressed from Graphic Design, Type Designers, Products Designers, Jewelry Designers, Industrial Designers, Photographer, Calligraphers, etc.
From my part, I gave a talk about my journey in the Arabic Type Design field and gave a workshop about Kufic Arabesque constructions.
Selected Arabic Logos created by 29ArabicLetters in the year 2011.
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5 Days workshop, 3 Days Lecture Series by several renowned Arab designers.
Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares, Lara Assouad Khoury, Pascal Zoghbi
Guest speakers: Wissam Shawkat, Sheikha Bin Dhaher, Salem Al Qassimi
1 Poster Exhibition (outcomes of workshop)
Stencil “I love corruption” by lebanese artist Ali & graffiti “Soon the Union of the Arab people” by Egyptian artist Ganzeer drawn on the evening of the 21st of September, in Hamra, Beirut.
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Pascal Zoghbi is one of the young generation of Arab type designers. He has participated in two of the design research projects of the Khatt Foundation: ‘Typographic Matchmaking’ and ‘Typographic Matchmaking in the City’ respectively. This interview will focus on his Arabic type design—mainly work that was inspired by hand-made lettering, calligraphy and street art.
200 pages full color |Hardcover 28.5 x 21cm | 325 photographs & illustrations | English edition
Price: 34.95 $ | ISBN: 978-3-937946-26-9
Location: Beirut Art Center [BAC] Date: Monday, 11 April 2011 Time: 19:00 – 22:00
Free Entrance but registration is required. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Typographic Matchmaking in the City project is a design research project investigating new approaches for bilingual lettering and poetic narrative for public space. Continue reading “Typographic Matchmaking in the City / Symposium, Film screening & Book launch IN BEIRUT”
Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art opened its doors to contemporary Arab art lovers in December 2010 in Doha, Qatar. The museum hosts exhibitions, programs and events that explore and celebrate art by Arab artists. It is an inspiring space for dialogue and scholarship about modern and contemporary art in the region and the Arab diaspora. Continue reading “Mathaf Corporate Arabic–Latin Font”
This piece was created specially for “the future of tradition – the tradition of future” exhibition at hausderkunst in Munich. It challenges our perception of delicate islamic carpets. Following the trademark signature of Nada Debs, it combines elements of the Middle and Far East. Continue reading “Nada Debs Arabic Kufi Type”
My talk Urban Arabic Graffiti within Political Arab Crisis at AtypI Dublin 2010 was a continuation of the lecture about Arabic graffiti in Lebanon that i gave at Notre Dame University part of the City Street Conference on the 18th of November 2009.
The Printing press of Saint Antonius in “Quzhayya” is the first printing press in the Middle East. It is located in a monastery in the Valley of the Saints in the mountains of the north Kaza of Lebanon. According to historians, a movable type printing press was imported from England to the Saint Antonius Monastery in 1585. The first publication was the book of “Mazameer” dated from 1610, and now present in the University of the Holy Ghost in Kaslik, Jouniyé, Lebanon.
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Art Reoriented, a curatorial and art consulting practice specializing in contemporary art from the Middle East, was founded by Till Fellrath and Sam Bardaouil.
Arabic Letter “Yeh” of Seria Arabic type drawn with coffee, ink and dantelle pattern.
Students in the Advanced Typography course at the Lebanese American University [LAU] were asked to experiment with textures/patterns and try to apply them on existing bi-script Arabic/Latin fonts in-order to create their own experimental fonts. The students were handed the outlines of Seria Arabic and Fedra Arabic.
The text was written by Huda AbiFares for the 2nd issue of the Oryx Magazine in its new look.
Al Maha (Oryx) Logotype
The Elegant Lightness of Arabic Calligraphy
When Agency Fish was commissioned to re-design Qatar Airways’ Oryx (Al Maha) in -flight magazine, for the logotype the company collaborated with talented Arab designers, including Pascal Zoghbi, to propose an expressive logotype that exuded modern elegance and youthful dynamism, combined with a unique Arabian travel mood.
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The Latest Arabic Logotypes , Arabic/English Logotypes & English Logotypes created by 29letters.
10 Questionnaires from Beijing Typography 2009 conference.
Answered by Pascal Zoghbi.
The Interview was published in the BT09 Book Catalogue.
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