Morcos Key Makes/Reads

On view at the Center for Book Arts Bindery and Print Shop Galleries October 9 through December 12, 2020. Reserve your visit here.

The Center for Book Arts 2020 Faculty Fellows are Wael Morcos and Jon Key. In 2018, they launched Morcos Key, an award winning Brooklyn-based graphic design studio with a hybrid practice operating between social impact, pedagogy, and creative form. The studio collaborates with arts & cultural institutions, non-profits, and commercial enterprises in North America and the Middle East.

Their investment in queer and diasporic identities has guided them in developing a process rooted in community-building within multicultural contexts. To facilitate understanding while avoiding oversimplification, they leverage design choices as guideposts between the injustices of the past and a more equitable future. With a strong emphasis on language and letter design, Morcos Key translates clients’ stories and missions into visual identity, print, and digital systems. Much of the work produced by the studio is premised on the interplay of text, language, heritage, and function.

Morcos Key Makes/Reads takes viewers through a selection of print materials designed by Wael Morcos and Jon Key: journals, books, newsprints, zines, type-specimens and more. These books are displayed alongside selections from their personal library, demonstrating the conceptual and aesthetic influence on the duo’s design process and creative practice.

Public Program:
Nov 5, 6:30pm: Artist Talk with Wael Morcos and Jon Key
Master Class:
Nov 6 1-4pm: Digital Collage Workshop with Morcos Key