The Qatar National Library (QNL) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Regional Centre for the Preservation of Documentary Heritage in the Arab Region and the Middle East will hold a lecture on the Syrian Design Archive Project, the QNL has said.
The Syrian Design Archive is a non-profit, documentary project to help archive graphic design elements and visuals, including Arabic typography.
It has evolved into a digital archive preserving the many forms of Syrian design (prints, media, street signs and stamps) and aims to create an open archive as a resource for researchers and students, preserving Syrian design heritage in a time of rapid technological evolution.
The Syrian Design Archive has become a success in a short space of time, allowing people to relive the past era through shapes and elements that influenced their lives and allowing new generations to experience the past.
It is a celebration of Syria's design heritage in an age of rapid technological evolution.
The archive documents a range of printed and non-printed forms such as vintage shop signs, movies, stamps, books, flyers and more.
The speakers at the lecture are as follows:
  • Kinda Ghannoum: a multidisciplinary designer and co-founder of the Syrian Design Archive. She has worked on developing identities for non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the Obama Foundation as well as companies and startups around the world, and is passionate about art, typography and research.
  • Sally Alassafen: an architect and co-founder of the Syrian Design Archive. She is a huge fan of street photography, Arabic typography and old shop signages.
  • Hala Alafsaa: majored in architecture before pivoting from architecture towards a visual communication and graphic design career. She has a deep interest in Arabic typography, illustration, and exploratory projects on art and design.
The event will be conducted online via Zoom on May 16, from 5pm-6pm, in Arabic and English.
The target audience includes specialists and those interested in preserving documentary heritage.
Spots are limited, and those interested need to visit this link for registration:
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