TypeTalks Byblos 2016

Chagoury Health Sciences Center Auditorium, Byblos campus

The Department of Art and Design is organizing TypeTalks Byblos 2016, a one-night event that brings together acclaimed designers and typographers. Each speaker will provide insights about their work through a 20-minute talk followed by the TypeTalks exhibition.

Letter Carving in Stone, by John Neilson

A lettercarver in stone, Neilson’s current work includes lettering design and carving for architectural projects, public art, memorials, plaques, sundials, signs, and more sculptural pieces. He has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, but works mostly t commission. Recent commissions include a number of public art and large-scale works including the free-standing lettering above the entrance to Queen’s Gallery, Edinburgh.

Objects that Speak, by Elie Abou Jamra and Mirna Hamady [Kashida]

Kashida is an acclaimed product design studio creating bespoke design pieces based on 3D Arabic calligraphy. Abou Jamra is the Chief Executive Officer at Kashida and Hamady is the Creative Director. Their aim is to transcend the classic ornamental approach to calligraphy by creating funcional design pieces that respond to people’s ergonomic and lifestyle needs.

Current Trends in Latin and Arabic Type Design, by Dr. Nadine Chahine

An award-winning Lebanese type designer working as the UK Type Director and Legibility Expert at Monotype, Chahine has won several awards including the Award for Excellence in Type Design from the Type Directors Club in New York in 2008 and 2011, and a Certificate for Excellence from ISTD. Her work has been featured in the 5th edition of Megg’s History of Graphic Design, and in 2012 she was selected by Fast Company as one of its 100 Most Creative People in Business.

The talks will be followed by an exhibition at 5:00 p.m. in the Rima Hourani Exhibition Room, Byblos campus, which will showcase the works of each guest speaker. The exhibition will remain open September 26 - 30, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.