Nomadic Traces: Journeys of Arabian Scripts
Creative Weekend

21-22 June 2019

Warehouse421 is convening a two-day Creative Weekend that will provide new insights into the extensive research and production process that went into the making of the Nomadic Traces: Journeys of Arabian Scripts exhibition [still showing at Warehouse421 until 28 July].

The Creative Weekend features an engaging mix of hands-on workshops and moderated panel discussions that are all open to the public. Topics to be explored include pre-Islamic written cultural heritage and its relevance to contemporary art and design from the region, the role of writing and calligraphy within Islamic material culture, and the potential for art and graphic design to communicate regional cultural narratives.

Letters in the Third Dimension

Letters in the Third Dimension

21 June 2019

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This two-day workshop is an invitation to break out of the two-dimensional space of lettering and explore the use of three-dimensional typography to expand communication.

Through a series of hands-on experiments, it will introduce participants to the expressive promises of three-dimensional typography by incorporating the physical aspect of letterforms, while also considering its potential impact on reading and interpretation.

Session 1 [21 June]:
Following an introduction that presents case studies on three-dimensional typography, participants will then begin developing two-dimensional sketches.

Session 2 [22 June]:
Participants will learn strategies to transform their two-dimensional sketches into three-dimensional forms.

All materials provided.

Instructor Bio: Rasha Dakkak (b. 1990) is a Palestinian a multidisciplinary designer and researcher based in Abu Dhabi. She holds a joint Masters degree: a Master of Advanced Studies in Graphic Design from the Basel School of Design and a Master of Design from the University of Illinois Chicago (2016). She received her Bachelor in Visual Communication from the American University of Sharjah (2011). Her creative output ranges from editorial design to identities and 3D objects. In 2018, she co-founded Bayn Journal, and co-edited and designed its inaugural issue, with the intention of fostering a wider and more situated perspective on graphic design discourse in the region. Dakkak’s work has been featured in several professional publications including AIGA Eye on Design (2018), Domus Germany (2018), and Wallpaper* (2014). She has exhibited at the Salone del Mobile in Milan (2012), Amman Design Week (2017), Dubai Design Week (2017), Weltformat Graphic Design Festival in Lucerne (2018), and Fikra Graphic Design Biennial in Sharjah (2018).


Rasha Dakkak, Graphic Designer