TYPO Berlin 2011 Shift - 16th International Design Conference May 19th – 21st

Pascal Zoghbi, Arabic Type Designer and Typographer, is the founder of 29letters, an Arabic Type Design and Typography firm in Beirut. His design work ranges from creating new Arabic fonts, corporate identities and print publications. Since 2006, after his graduation from the Type & Media course at The Royal Academy of Arts in The Netherlands with a Master of Design, Pascal was involved in an impressive collection of new Arabic type design projects. He has created contemporary Arabic fonts for leading Middle Eastern Newspapers (Emarat Al Youm, AlWatan & Al Rouiah), urban places (Ibn Battuta Mall, Madinat Jumeirah, Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal 3, Abu Dhabi Embassy in USA), art events & magazines (ContempArabia & Alef Magazine), software (Droid from Google) and several other companies. He developed Arabic corporate identities for Art Reoriented, Oryx Magazine, Middle East International Film Festival MEIFF, Viceroy Hotel Group, Jabria Industrial, Rashid Family, Desert Adventures, ContempArabia, Foo Solutions, Focus Art Gallery and several others. Since 2006, Pascal took part in the Typographic Matchmaking 01 and 02 projects organized by The Khatt Foundation. He has been teaching typography course at graphic design schools in Lebanon at Lebanese American University LAU, Notre Dame University NDU and American University of Beirut AUB since 2006. He frequently gives lectures and workshops about Arabic type and typography and he runs a highly regarded blog about Arabic type and typography.

Arabic graffiti (E)

One work of Arabic graffiti voices the suffering of a nation while another acts as a quest for identity. One piece of graffiti can be employed as a political slogan while another one rebels against the socio-political status of the people. Whether the writing is in Beirut, Gaza, Teheran, Paris, London, Berlin or Montréal; Arabic graffiti cries out personal and national thoughts in expressive calligraphic and typographic words.