'Further Than Latin, Further Than Typography'
A workshop by Prof. Abi Aad Antoine and Prof. Rana Abou Rjeily
Faculty Members of Fine Arts and Architecture, Lebanese University, Lebanon

Abstract:  The aim of this workshop is to let students experiment with typography physically, first. In fact, the usual tools of writing today are pens and/or computers. At the beginning of the workshop, students will be asked to step out of their comfort zone and experiment with new old tools. Beginning with the wires that allow the flexibility to forge the letters and the rigidity to preserve the forms (if the students wish so). Students will develop physical letters from their own writing. The necessary condition is not to cut the thread: the wire has the flexibility to stretch as long as the student wants, and in the direction he/she wants. After flexibility and freedom to deal with threads, students will progress by experimenting with grid limitations. The grid, a rigid system of 0 to 1 allowing its rules and prohibiting exceptions robotically (students follow the grid or not), pushes students to be creative. If their first reflex, the shortest, is to follow the grid mechanically, the pride of future designers will push them to look for originality.

Materials/ tools to be brought by student participants:

Participants must need to have:
A Laptop with Adobe Illustrator & InDesign application

About Instructors:

Prof. Abi Aad Antoine

Faculty of Fine Arts and Architecture, Lebanese University, Lebanon

Antoine Abi Aad is a designer, Assistant Professor at the Lebanese University (Lebanon) and, currently, a visiting Associate Professor at the Industrial Design Center, IIT Bombay. He is also a frequent guest lecturer and has given talks and workshops at numerous institutions, including the Universidade de Brasilia (Brazil), International Design School (Jakarta), Institute of Business and Design (Moscow), Hong Kong Design Institute, Greenside Design Center College of Design (Johannesburg), Nara University of Education (Japan) and Yale University (New Haven). Additionally, he has served on numerous juries and his works have been exhibited widely, including in Kanji at Aliança Cultural Brasil-Japão (São Paulo, Brazil), Bienal Del Cartel Bolivia, subject vs. object at the Galerie vorn und oben (Eupen, Belgium) and Beirut: Ana, Enta, Kunstquartier Bethanien (Berlin, Germany)

Prof. Rana Abou Rjeily

Lebanese graphic and type designer based in Beirut, Lebanon.

Rana graduated from Notre Dame University (Lebanon) with a BA in Graphic Design and later earned a Masters Degree in Visual Communication from Central Saint Martins (UK).

Since 2007, Rana has been teaching typographic and design courses in several universities across Lebanon. Currently, she teaches at the Lebanese University and works as a design consultant for local and international clients.

Rana published her first book in 2011 - Cultural Connectives - a typographic book bridging Arabic & Latin scripts.