Kristyan Sarkis

The Netherlands

Born in Beirut and based in Amsterdam, Kristyan Sarkis is a type and graphic designer. After receiving his master in Type & Media from the Royal Academy of Art (The Hague) in 2010, he started his own design studio in the Netherlands. In 2015, he co-founded TPTQ Arabic, a type foundry specialised in high-quality Arabic fonts. In 2016, he co-founded Arabic Type Design - Beirut, the first educational program dedicated to the subject. He teaches at the Type & Media master program since 2015 and the design master at ESAV Marrakech since 2016. His work received several awards including the TDC’s Certificate of Typographic Excellence in 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2017.


Workshop Title: ALW is a series of workshops about
Arabic lettering. 

Every episode takes on a different theme. Under the Typecal general theme of Intersection, this episode of ALW will explore the visual intersection of the two main constructions of the Arabic script: Solid and Fluid. Based on their own initials, participants will select one letter from each construction and will proceed to create their own monogram. Through the process, the participants will learn about the main parameters that define the Arabic script and letterforms and play around with them to see the different results that can be generated.