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21,39 Jeddah Arts “safar” FORUM 2-day workshop: “Typography”
March 3, 2017 - March 4, 2017
Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès
Friday March 3rd: 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday March 4th: 12:00 am -5:00 pm
Adults only preferably with design/art background.
Arabic and English
An intensive 2-day typography seminar that focuses on the experimental potential of Arabic typeface design. The seminar will lay the ground for breaking out of the traditional mold of creating Arabic letterforms and will encourage experimentation with forms, tools and lettering techniques.
The letters will be treated as formal elements that go beyond writing and test the limits of readability. Vernacular and architectural elements from the context of Jeddah’s urban landscape will form the starting ideas of the typographical explorations.
The seminar will teach basic principles of designing an Arabic typeface. It will help participants look at their direct environment with more critical eyes. It will inform the participants of the creative possibilities of Arabic typeface design.
1.Participants should undertake a preliminary research collecting images (photos) of Arabic lettering from their daily life and from the city of their residence.
2.Participants should bring their own laptop to the seminar, already have installed Adobe illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, and should be proficient on both.
3.Participants should be provided with drawing and painting materials (brushes, pens, reed pens, inks and paper), but will be asked to bring their own and be inventive in creating unusual writing tools.