2629 November 2018
Alexandria, Egypt

We are happy to announce a three-day workshop at the Writing and Scripts Center in Alexandria. The center is affiliated to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and supports professional formation of students, academics, professionals, and entrepreneurs in Arabic typography in Egypt.

Participants receive an extended trial license and can purchase their own full license at a discount.

Workshop: Create an Arabic Font with Glyphs

Mon 26 Nov through Wed 28 Nov, 2018
10.00 – 17.00 h

Introduction to Digital Arabic Type Design with the Glyphs Font Editor: Turn your designs into working OpenType fonts! Get all your questions answered in 3 intensive days of digital type design. We cover the basics of vectorisation and digitisation, as well as possible workflows with the Glyphs application, OpenType features, font engineering, quality assurance, and font production.

Topics covered include:

  • Drawing in Glyphs
  • Building letters and their positional variants
  • Spacing
  • Reusing shapes: components and anchors
  • Automating OpenType features, Q&A
  • Previewing and testing, Q&A
  • Advanced: interpolation for building a font family
  • Advanced: coding OpenType features
  • Advanced: cursive attachment, kerning and more


Library of Alexandria


Georg Seifert
Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer

For Whom?

Anyone who wants to digitise their Arabic letter designs, and turn them into a working OpenType font. No prior knowledge of font editing required.

How Much?

LE 200 for Egyptians, USD 150 for non-Egyptians.




No prior experience in font making required. Familiarity with the Arabic script expected.

Bring your MacBook with the latest version of Glyphs preinstalled.


Please register at registration page of the Library of Alexandria.