30 July9 August 2019

Two-week intensive foundational workshop in Arabic type design, in the Beirut summer, with some of the finest people in the field. Greatly recommended.

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

Arabic Type Design – Beirut

From 10 am to 6 pm, daily from Tuesday July 30th to Saturday August 3rd, and Monday August 5th to Friday August 9th. Attendance at each session is mandatory.

Participants of the Arabic Type Design – Beirut program will embark on an intensive foundational workshop in Arabic type design. Using traditional and digital techniques, students will be guided through drawing an individual typeface based on principles that are essential and unique to the Arabic script. Lettering and type design will alternate with theoretical and font production sessions to provide students with a comprehensive base for designing high-quality Arabic typefaces.

During their process, participants will be accompanied by core instructors: Lara Captan & Kristyan Sarkis. Guest critics and speakers, who have shaped the current graphic arts and Arabic type landscape in the Arab Middle-East and beyond, will also visit the program.

The vision of Arabic Type Design – Beirut is to search for modernity in Arabic type design while maintaining a thread between script and type.


American University of Beirut


Lara Captan, Kristyan Sarkis, and guests (t.b.a.)

For Whom?

Design professionals, typographers, print or e-media publishers, educators, design students, programmers, historians, or someone who is simply passionately interested in Arabic type design: this program is for you!

How Much?

The program fee for accepted applicants is $400 to be paid in full no later than June 20, 2019. Payment instructions will be provided with the acceptance notification.




Bring your MacBook with Glyphs 2 preinstalled.


Candidates are asked to submit the following application materials to: hello at arabictypedesign.com, with the subject heading “ATD Application”. Your e-mail should include your full name, phone number and postal address. Please include these materials in a single PDF (A4, print resolution, maximum 10 pages / 10 MB, file name as such: your name_application_2019):

  • A brief letter describing your experience and interest in Arabic type design (250 words maximum, in English or Arabic language).
  • A portfolio of 8 images (one image per page) with a caption highlighting your work and experiments in Arabic typography, lettering and vector drawing. For team projects, please state your personal role.
  • A one-page CV including your education, courses and selected works that are relevant to this program.