The Center for Book Arts is hosting a series of 3 seminars dedicated to Arabic type design and typography, curated by Dr. Nadine Chahine, taking place on March 5, 7, and 19.
The theme of the series revolves around concepts of modernity in Arabic type design, the heritage of Arabic letterforms in the context of current technologies, contemporary Arabic branding design, and the history of Arab graphic design. The series brings together renowned and award winning designers working with Arabic type, both from the US and the Middle East.
The final panel discussion of the 2020 History of Art Series will be on Technology and Heritage. The evening will feature Dave Crossland who will discuss Variable Fonts, and Mamoun Sakkal, who will discuss Calligraphy, Type, Image: A Journey into Arabic Script.
Closing Reception to follow.
Dave Crossland is the Program Manager of Google Fonts, currently based in New York City. Crossland obtained a degree in Interaction Design from Ravensbourne College in London, and a MA in Typeface design from University of Reading.
Dr. Mamoun Sakkal is founder and principal of Sakkal Design in Bothell, Washington. Providing graphic design and communication solutions to major national and international corporations, his firm has focused on Arabic calligraphy and typography since the 1990’s and received several awards for calligraphy, graphics, and type design including awards of excellence from ADC, TDC, Granshan, and IRCICA in Istanbul. His work is widely published in typography and calligraphy books and annuals including Communication Arts, Hroof Arabiyya, Letter Arts Review, LogoLounge, and Yearbook of Type among others. Dr. Sakkal was commissioned to design the corporate Arabic typefaces for Burj Khalifa and Armani Hotel in Dubai. He is the Arabic language consultant for Microsoft and several of his Arabic fonts are now widely used as Windows system fonts. He holds a PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle, and his clients include Adobe, Amazon, Apple, Google, Linotype, Microsoft, Monotype, and National Geographic.
Dr. Nadine Chahine is an award-winning Lebanese type designer and principal at ArabicType Ltd. She has an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading, UK, and a PhD from Leiden University, The Netherlands. She has numerous awards including two Awards for Excellence in Type Design from the Type Directors Club in New York in 2008 and 2011. Her typefaces include: Frutiger Arabic, Neue Helvetica Arabic, Univers Next Arabic, Palatino Arabic, and Koufiya. Nadine’s work has been featured in the 5th edition of Megg’s History of Graphic Design and in 2012 she was selected by Fast Company as one of its 100 Most Creative People in Business. In 2016 her work was showcased in the 4th edition of First Choice which highlights the work of the 250 top global designers. In 2017, Nadine was selected by Creative Review to their Creative Leaders 50.
Technology and Heritage, March 19, 2020
The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.
Support for the Center for Book Arts’ Visual Arts Program is provided, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Image courtesy of Mamoun Sakkal