Khajag will be sharing his experience in designing Arek, the Armenian-Latin type family. His talk will cover his research on traditional manuscripts, emphasizing the distinctive calligraphic roots of the Armenian script. He will also discuss his design process, which lead to the creation of an upright and cursive Armenian typeface that was later adapted into Latin.
Khajag Apelian is a lettering artist, type and graphic designer. Having grown up between Dubai and Beirut, and being raised in an Armenian family, Khajag has an affinity for different languages and writing systems, which he has applied to the development of typefaces in many scripts, including Arabic, Armenian, and Latin. He designed Arek, a typeface that was awarded the Grand Prize at Granshan 2010 Eastern Type Design Competition, and was among the winners of Letter.2, the second international type design competition organized by the Association Typographique Internationale. He currently operates under the name "debakir" Armenian for "printed type", and teaches design courses at the American University of Beirut.