@PhahadAli | ج | Kuwait - London
Fahad A. Dhawi is an Arabic typographer, information designer, and design educator. He is a current Ph.D. candidate at Central Saint Martins. He received his B.A in Graphic design (Cum Laude) in 2009 with a minor in Communication from the American University of Kuwait. He later received his M.A in Graphic Design (Distinction) in 2012 from Coventry University, UK. Dhawi’s ongoing practice-based research project highlights the importance of Arabic Typography and Graphic Communication within education in the Middle East and how teaching Arabic can be further ‘simplified’ through a creative visual pedagogy approach.
His research study restablishes the term "educational typefaces" and why they are needed today. He raises questions such as: do Arabic learners need special typefaces that can simplify Arabic learning further? If so what features should they have? Dhawi argues, a consideration of contemporary Arabic education confirms that the majority of language textbooks and pedagogic material are leading to challenging learning environments due to the insufficient quality of design, heavy text and lack of appropriate visuals. Thus, his practice-based project raises awareness of the need for typefaces that can help produce more accessible visual pedagogic tools to attract and help people learn Arabic more easily in a globalised world where the diversity of languages and cultures is under threat. His thesis aims to possibly open up future research on the role of design and typography - through the creation of educational typefaces - in language pedagogy and other relative and non-relative fields.
Research project title: Redesigning Arabic Learning Books: An exploration of the role of graphic communication and typography as visual pedagogic tools in Arabic-Latin bilingual design.
Click here for more information on his Ph.D. project.