Modular Arabic Lettering (Part 1)

15 Nov 2014 – 24 Nov 2014


Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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The workshop will focus on learning the basic rules of Arabic letters and type such as structure, proportions, shape and families. Participants will be taught how to create an experimental modular alphabet, based on a limited number of shapes and elements, eventually defining a complete typographic system.


The alphabets are created using manual means of reproduction such as paper cut-outs, rubber stamps, stencilling, woodblocks and linocuts, to allow the participants to focus purely on elements of modularity and repetition. The final outcome of the workshop will be presented as manually produced alphabet posters.
No prior knowledge of the Arabic language is necessary. 

Day 1
. Short presentation about modular typography showing Arabic and Latin examples. 
. Explanation of the brief 
. Sketching

Day 2 

∙ Short presentation about the basic relation of forms and proportions of the Arabic alphabet based on examples of Naskh and geometric Koufi scripts.
∙ Short critique session of concepts.

Day 3
. Sketching the full alphabet in detached form and defining the tools for reproducing the letterforms.
∙ Refining the sketches and experimenting with the different means of reproduction.

Day 4
∙ Group critique session. 
. finalizing the alphabets. 
. Designing alphabet posters.

Day 5
∙ Production of final alphabet posters.

Session 1        Saturday 15  November
Session 2        Sunday   16  November 
Session 3        Monday   17  November
Session 4        Saturday 23  November
Session 5        Sunday   24  November

Each session will be scheduled as follows:
Part one    09.00 – 12.00 
Lunch        12.00 – 13.00 
Part two    13.00 – 15.00  

Tashkeel members:  TBC
Non-members:         TBC


Tashkeel will supply basic materials and all tools required for workshop exercises. Participants must purchase any additional materials used.

Whilst every care will be taken to ensure that this workshop is conducted in a safe manner and environment, Tashkeel cannot be held responsible for any accidents and injuries that may be caused as a result of participation in this workshop. 

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