Diane Mikhael
Lettering Lab: Explore
Arabic and Latin Letterforms

Saturday, March 10, 2018
11am & 1:30pm

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Workshops • Ages 5-12 • 90-min sessions

Kids will explore and compare the visual forms and dimensions of Arabic and Latin letters. Creating a visual dialogue between letters from the two different alphabets, they can uncover the relationships between different shapes.

Lebanese-Canadian designer and professor Diane Mikhael will lead this special workshop commissioned by the Tilt Kids Festival and presented as part of the Cooper Hewitt series Design Kids.

Free & open to the public

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street,
New York, NY 10128

Co-presented with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum as part of their series Design Kids. Design Kids is made possible by the generous support of Target, Siegel Family Endowment, and Great Circle Foundation.

About the Artist

Diane Mikhael is an associate professor, designer, curator and co-founder of the Middle East Design Educators Association (MEDEA). She holds a certificate from the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) and has served as an assessor in London and the Middle East. Diane has been a design educator for more than 22 years, teaching as a full-time faculty in the Graphic Design department at Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar (2008-2015) and at Notre Dame University in Lebanon (1996-2008). She is currently lives in Toronto and is teaching at the design department of various universities. Focused on cross-cultural engagements, her research is an amalgam of theoretical and pragmatic examinations around the thematic path of Design and Culture, and design for social change. She is the author of the book Bilingualism in Visual Communication: The Visible Forms and Meaning in Arabic and Latin Typography.