About

Kristyan Sarkis is type and graphic designer. Born in Beirut and based in Amsterdam. After receiving his master in Type & Media from the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) 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-launched Arabic Type Design - Beirut, the first educational program dedicated to the subject. He teaches at the Type & Media master 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.

Publications

TypeThursday Where to Start Learning Arabic Typeface Design?
Communication Arts Five Typographers Share Their Treasured Finds
Typography Annual 36 Type Directors Club TDC - NY, USA.
Dutch Alphabets De Buitenkant, Netherlands.
PAGE Greta Arabic, Germany.
T: The New York Times Style Magazine The Ever-Evolving Typographic Life of the Arabic Language, USA.
Monocle Radio Section D, To The Letter.
Monocle #89 Interview about TPTQ Arabic, UK.
Tecknaren De utvercklar arabiska typsnitt, Sweden.
PAGE TPTQ Arabic: Systeme für bilinguale Typographie.
WIRED Why It’s So Hard To Design Arabic Typefaces.
WIRED Japan Why It’s So Hard To Design Arabic Typefaces (Japanese version).
Eye Noted - TPTQ Arabic.
Print Magazine Greta Goes Arabic.
Creative Review Typotheque Launches Arabic foundry.
The Letter.2 type design competition Typo 46 - Prague, Czech Republic
Typorama The Graphic Work of Philippe Apeloig (EN) Thames & Hudson, UK.
Typography Annual 33 Type Directors Club TDC - NY, USA.
Type Design for beginners Khtt Books, Netherlands.
Colvert: Achieving harmony through diversity Interview for FontFeed.
Introducing: Visual Identities for Small Businesses Gestalten - Berlin, Germany.
Typography Annual 32 Type Directors Club TDC - NY, USA.
Arabesque 2 Graphic Design of the Arab World and Persia Gestalten - Berlin, Germany.
Thuraya: an imperial font’s new face Interview by Huda AbiFares.
Type&Media, the Hague Type Design School Projector Magazine Issue #14 - Saint Petersburg, Russia.
158 Answers Typotheque - The Hague, Netherlands.

Talks & Workshops
A Perspective on Arabic Type Journée Romande de la Typographie - Nyon, Switzerland.
A Perspective on Arabic Type, Identity & Culture ISType - Istanbul, Turkey.
A Perspective on Arabic Type, Identity & Culture Royal College of Art - London, UK.
Arabic Lettering Workshop Episode 6 (with Abjad Design Studio) Dubai, UAE.
Qandus: Arabic Forms in the West Grafisch Werkcentrum - Amsterdam, Netherlands.
A Typographic Maghribi Trialogue ATypI - Warsaw, Poland.
Arabic Lettering Workshop Episode 4 (with Khajag Apelian) PJAIT - Warsaw, Poland.
Contemporaneity in Arabic Type Type Amsterdam - Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Conversas sobre fontes Arábicas (with Lara Captan) Doca - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Conversations on Arabic Type (with Lara Captan) ATypI - São Paulo, Brazil.
Contemporaneity in Arabic Type Virginia Commonwealth University - Doha, Qatar.
Re-connecting Arabic Type Beit Waraq - Beirut, Lebanon.
Arabic Lettering Express (with Khajag Apelian) Lebanese University - Beirut, Lebanon.
Arabic Lettering Workshop Episode 2 (with maajoun studio) Beirut, Lebanon.
my Ingredients École Superieure des Arts - Amiens, France.
On the designer’s responsibility with Syrian collective ‘The Syrian People Know their Way’ The Royal Academy of Art - The Hague, Netherlands.
my Ingredients The Royal Academy of Art - The Hague, Netherlands.
About Those Curves II Lebanese American University - Beirut, Lebanon.
About Those Curves II Notre Dame University - Beirut, Lebanon.
Arabic VS Latin Type]Media, The Royal Academy of Art - The Hague, Netherlands.
Arabic Lettering Workshop Episode 1 (with maajoun studio) Beirut, Lebanon.
About Those Curves I American University of Beirut. Beirut, Lebanon.
Arabic Type Design Workshop (with Khatt Foundation) Dubai, UAE.
Awards
Certificate of Excellence in Communication Design for ALW posters TDC 2017 - NY, USA.
Certificate of Excellence in Type Design for Qandus TDC2 2017 - NY, USA.
Certificate of Excellence in Type Design for Greta Arabic TDC2 2016 - NY, USA.
European Design Award - Original typeface for Colvert Arabic - Belgrade, Serbia.
1st Prize in Arabic typeface category for Colvert Arabic. Granshan - Yerevan, Armenia.
Certificate of Excellence in Type Design for Greta Text Arabic TDC2 2012 - NY, USA.
Certificate of Excellence in Type Design for Thuraya TDC2 2011 - NY, USA.
Letter.2 competition Thuraya One of the 53 winning entries, ATypI.

Exhibitions

TDC exhibitions USA, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
TDC exhibitions USA, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, Spain and Vietnam.
Typographicae Arabicae Paris, France.
International Type Design Exhibition Tehran, Iran.
Call for Type Gutenberg Museum - Mainz, Germany.
RIGHT — TO — LEFT Berlin, Germany.
TDC exhibitions USA, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, Spain and Vietnam.
Letter.2 winners exhibition ATypI conference, Hong Kong.
TDC exhibitions USA, Canada, England, Ireland, France, Spain, Germany, Russia and Japan.