Introduction to Arabic Type Design: Fall 2020

I keep getting requests for more classes so I will start my third online Arabic type design class this year starting October 14, 2020 and this will follow the same steps as the Winter one. The course will then be 30 hours of teaching spread over 4 months and with later sessions getting longer and farther apart in order to give the students more time to work on their fonts. This formula worked really well in recent cases so will follow the same. Looking forward for another exciting class!

Who is the course intended for?

Anyone interested in Arabic type design! Those with previous knowledge will be able to progress more, but the course is structured in a way that no advance knowledge of either Arabic or type design is required. However, the participants need to have a strong background in design principles and DTP applications. The course will be taught in English.

Course structure:

The course will be comprised of 12 weekly sessions of 2 to 3 hours each, following the plan below:

Session 1 — October 14: Introduction to the Arabic script and calligraphic styles; 2 hours

Session 2 — October 21: Introduction to Arabic typographic styles: Kufi + Glyphs; 2 hours

Session 3 — October 28: Review of Project 1 (structural analysis of one Kufi style); 2 hours

Session 4 — November 4: Introduction to Arabic typographic styles: Naskh; 2 hours

Session 5 — November 11: Review of Project 2 (structural analysis of one Naskh style); 2 hours

Session 6 — November 18: Type Design basics; 2 hours

Session 7 — December 2: Review of Project 3 (first draft); 3 hours

Session 8 — December 16: Review of Project 3 (basic character set); 3 hours

Session 9 — January 6: Review of Project 3 (expanded set); 3 hours

Session 10 — January 20: Review of Project 3 (full set); 3 hours

Session 11 — February 3: Refinement; 3 hours

Session 12— February 17: Refinement; 3 hours

Sessions 1–6 start at 5pm and 7–12 at 4pm London time.

Course materials and projects:

The participants will be required to prepare for each session and typically that will be comprised of the provided course readings as well as watching recommended videos. There will be 3 main projects, though the first two are more analytical in nature. Project 3 will be an opportunity for each participant to design their own new typeface.


The course will have a maximum of 12 participants. This is to ensure that every student gets ample time for feedback.

How will it work?

The course will use the latest software in order to set up a virtual classroom and a resource centre for the course materials. Participants will need to join the weekly sessions via a video conferencing link that would be provided. A stable internet connection is required, as well as the Glyphs software on a Mac.

Fees and registration:

The course fee is £960 (£800 + 20% VAT) and is non-refundable. Participants are exempt of VAT if registering as an EU business. To register, please email