56 November 2022

ISType is back! Join renown international designers, scholars and experts on Arabic type for a day of lectures, and a two-day workshop in İstanbul.

Arabic Typography Conference

Saturday 5 November, 2022

  • 10:20 Gerry Leonidas, Arabic typography: a paradigm for research-informed practice
  • 10:50 Titus Nemeth, Building bridges: the case for a book that straddles two worlds
  • 12:00 Orlin Sabev, The Ottoman transition from scribal to print culture: the layout of the Müteferrika prints
  • 12:30 Emanuela Conidi, Arabic types from Europe before the 20th century
  • 13.00 Onur Yazıcıgil, The Ottoman printers’ 8 pt Naskh typeface and its Turkish type maker Mehmed Emin Efendi
  • 14:30 Borna Izadpanah, Naskh types from Europe, Ottoman Empire, and Russia in nineteenth-century Iran and their legacy
  • 15:00 Özlem Özkal, A curious case of Ottoman Typography: detached Arabic Letters
  • 16:00 Thomas Milo, Script grammar: a linguistic approach to digitising Islamic script
  • 16:30 Ayşe Aldemir, Members of the Ottoman dynasty who were calligraphers


Sabancı University’s Sakıp Sabancı Museum in İstanbul



2-Day Arabic Type Design Workshop

Sunday 6 through Monday 7 November, 2022

This half-day workshop draws on research output presented in Arabic Typography: History and Practice. It introduces participants to some of the most accomplished nineteenth-century Arabic-script types to be used as a source of inspiration. The attendees will be given several impressions of foundry types to choose from and develop their own design step by step. This process comprises hands-on engagement with printed artefacts and drawing letterforms to explore the potential of historical models in designing contemporary typefaces. Each participant will be able to develop their own digital drawings during the second (Glyphs App) workshop.


Sabancı University’s Sakıp Sabancı Museum in İstanbul


Borna Izadpanah
Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer

For Whom?

Max 15 attendees.


English and Persian


Bring your MacBook with Glyphs 3 preinstalled. All other materials will be provided.