Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès in Conversation With Wissam Shawkat
Khatt Chronicles: Stories on Design from the Arab World
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5d ago
They zoomed in on some of Wissam's unique projects, from his calligraphic script Al-Wissam to his Calligraforms artworks and logotype designs. They explore Wissam's process of developing a new calligraphic script and the difference between that and his process of type design. They discuss the overlaps between calligraphy, type design and graphic design work, as well as how these fields intersect and influence each other. They conclude the conversation with a chat about Wissam's favorite projects for monumental public space, such as for Doha Airport and Dubai Expo, and also discuss his favorite ..read more
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Khatt Chronicles Hosts Introducing Season 3
Khatt Chronicles: Stories on Design from the Arab World
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1M ago
The Khatt Chronicles podcast is back in a third season! Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès moderates a conversation between the hosts of Season 3. The discussion addressed the several topics and themes that are planned for this season. Huda begins by briefly introducing the hosts – Roshanak Keyghobadi, Yasmine Nachabe Taan, Yara Khoury Nammour, and Fawzi Rahal. The season will expand to include Iranian designers and will focus on women from the Southwest Asia and North Africa region in general. It will also expand the conversation to other fields of specialization related to graphic des ..read more
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Lara Balaa in Conversation With Yara Khoury Nammour
Khatt Chronicles: Stories on Design from the Arab World
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2M ago
Yara Khoury Nammour interviews Lara Balaa, Lebanese editorial designer and PhD Candidate at Rutgers School of Communication and Information. They discuss Balaa's journey into becoming a graphic designer, and her fascination with connecting graphic design to storytelling, strategy and communication. Balaa shares her experience of teaching design history, questioning how knowledge is consumed and produced, and how this has led to her interest in research and writing on design from the region. They unpack Lara's approach to editorial design and her emphasis on creating an easy and enjoyable readi ..read more
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Lara Assouad in Conversation With Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès
Khatt Chronicles: Stories on Design from the Arab World
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2M ago
Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès interviews Dubai-based Lebanese graphic and type designer @laraassouad. Together they discuss her journey into type design and her other passions and side practices such as book-binding, leather accessories, and pottery. The conversation focuses on Lara's trendsetting work in developing modular Arabic scripts that go beyond type design and practical graphic design application, claiming a place in the contemporary art world. She revisits the ubiquitous applications of the Arabic script to various media – a common practice in the traditional Islamic arts – and brings t ..read more
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Rana Salam in Conversation With Yasmine Nachabe Taan
Khatt Chronicles: Stories on Design from the Arab World
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2M ago
Yasmine Nachabe Taan interviews Beirut-born Lebanese graphic designer @RanaSalam, "Queen of Arab Pop", founder of Rana Salam Studio in Beirut, Lebanon. Together they unpack her journey as a designer, what inspires her, what she is passionate about, and how she translates that into a unique visual language. They also discuss her Arab Pop (Shaabi) style – defining its characteristics and aesthetics – and the importance of using graphic design as a means for presenting Arab popular culture to a diverse international audience. They talk about her book "Syrian Lingerie" and discuss sexuality i ..read more
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Mobius Studio in Conversation With Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès
Khatt Chronicles: Stories on Design from the Arab World
by afikra
2M ago
Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès interviews UAE-based design studio MOBIUS and its founders, graphic designers Hala Al-Ani, Hadeyeh Badri and Riem Hassan. They candidly share their backgrounds and path: a friendship that brought them together and that evolved into a solid professional relationship and design studio. The conversation unpacks the fine points on designing for the cultural sector in the UAE, the travails of teaching and working as designers, and the engagement with self-initiated projects that challenge the way graphic design is practiced and understood in the region. The conversation r ..read more
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Kristyan Sarkis in Conversation With Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès
Khatt Chronicles: Stories on Design from the Arab World
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2M ago
Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès interviews Lebanese type designer Kristyan Sarkis and founder of TPTQ Arabic font foundry in Amsterdam. Kristyan shares his education and journey into becoming a type designer. He states: "I learned how to connect with my own cultural design heritage at the Type and Media masters program, at the Royal Academy of art in The Hague." Kristyan discusses at length his typeface design approach and his research-based and culturally-immersive pedagogical practice. The talk also delves into his personal contemporary lettering work which affords him a break from the systematic ..read more
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Lina Hakim in Conversation With Yasmine Nachabe Taan
Khatt Chronicles: Stories on Design from the Arab World
by afikra
2M ago
Yasmine Nachabe Taan interviews Lebanese-British researcher and designer Lina Hakim about her professional journey into research on material culture, technology, crafts and play. Lina discusses with Yasmine modes of teaching and how to empower students to define their practice as designers. They delve into Lina's book "Dia Al-Azzawi. Taking a Stand: Activism Through Graphic Design." Lina discusses how she put forward the local understanding of graphic design without imposing western definitions. She explored through the book how 'design histories' get recorded, how identity and memory are pres ..read more
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Eyen Studio in Conversation With Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès
Khatt Chronicles: Stories on Design from the Arab World
by afikra
2M ago
Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès interviews Jordanian Eyen graphic design studio’s founders and designers Omar Al-Zo’bi and Yousef Abedrabbo.  In this conversation Omar and Yousef candidly speak about their journey to becoming Eyen Design and their motivations and attitude towards design practice and education, particularly in Jordan. They discuss the importance of being engaged with local culture, listening to one’s collaborator, and designing with the user in mind. They explain the different ways that they have endeavoured to provide an alternative educational and collaborative working space ..read more
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Maya Saikali in Conversation With Yara Khoury Nammour
Khatt Chronicles: Stories on Design from the Arab World
by afikra
2M ago
Yara Khoury Nammour interviews Lebanese graphic designer and educator Maya Saikali about how she marries her interest in socially engaged practice and commercial design work. Maya explains since she was a design student, first in Beirut (Lebanon) and then in Eindhoven (The Netherlands), she was always interested in raising social awareness through design and believing that “design can be a tool for changing the world.” She discusses how later as practitioner she took advantage of the slow summer period to dedicate time and offer her services to non-profit organizations and causes. In this talk ..read more
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