New Potentials in Arabic Typography

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New Potentials in Arabic Typography

Dive into Arabic script's rich historical, cultural, and aesthetic histories and explore the type's expressive, meaning-making potential!

By Tasmeem 2022, Radical Futures

When and where

Date and time

March 7, 2022 · 9am - March 8, 2022 · 12pm +03


VCUarts Qatar Room 215 Doha, Al Rayyan Municipality Qatar

About this event

Two-day in-person workshop by Sarah Shebl (Cairo-based independent designer & researcher)

  • 7th March & 8th March 2022, 9 AM – 12 PM
  • Room 215
  • Upon Registration Only

Typography is the art of manipulating the visual form of language to enrich and control its meaning. It is an essential area of skill and knowledge for designers. Typography predates modern graphic design by around 500 years. It is rich in rules, conventions, and esoteric terminology; however, it remains an exciting space for invention and expression.

In this beginner-level workshop, we will study the characteristics of Arabic letterforms. We will consider the pragmatic concerns involved in selecting and combining Arabic, dive into Arabic script’s rich historical, cultural, and aesthetic histories and the contemporary Arabic type, and explore the type’s expressive, meaning-making potential.

Participants are required to bring their laptop or iPad for googling and digging for inspiration. Furthermore, they need to bring a sketchbook or white paper, pencils, pens, brushes, black sharpie, fine liners, tracing paper, paper clipper, and a grid sheet.

This event is an in-person event for the VCUarts Qatar community only.

About the organizer

The 2022 conference Radical Futures addresses the role of design in shaping the future. Tasmeem Doha 2022: Radical Futures is an inclusive and multi-faceted view of the future, one that not only speculates on technological advancements—but on future threats and changes whether environmental, geographical, cultural, or social. Now more than ever, we must ask pertinent questions, raise critical dialogues, and respond with clarity.

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