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LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | A Brief Typographic Trip Around the World

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

Coronavirus update: Letterform Archive and our partners are taking proactive steps that will help to protect our community. This seminar will now take place online. We’ll update this page soon with details.

Letterform Archive is honored to participate in Between Heritage and Modernity, a series of seminars dedicated to Arabic type design and typography, curated by Dr. Nadine Chahine.

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 designers working with Arabic type, both from the U.S. and the Middle East.

For the final panel discussion on March 19, Technology and Heritage, Letterform Archive’s Editorial Director and Associate Curator Stephen Coles will present highlights from the Archive’s growing collection of global writing systems, including manuscripts, type specimens, and other typographic artifacts. Arabic examples will include commentary from experts Dr. Nadine Chahine and Dr. Mamoun Sakkal.

Also participating in this session are Dave Crossland on Variable Fonts: Compress, Express, Finesse, and Sakkal on Calligraphy, Type, Image: A Journey into Arabic Script.

Learn more about the series at the Center for Book Arts