Wael Morcos YG11
- Current Location: New York
After receiving his BA in Graphic Design from the Notre Dame University (Lebanon), Wael Morcos joined the branding and design department of SAATCHI Beirut where he spent three years developing identities, bilingual typographic solutions and working in print and exhibition design. Meanwhile, his interest in Arabic typography and its modern development got him involved in the Typographic Matchmaking projects where he teamed up with Dutch type designers to collaborate on designing bilingual typefaces. Wael uses language to investigate the formal qualities of words and their complex meanings. He is also interested in the moments where communication fails and uses its shortcomings to mine new ways to reach out and to tell stories. His work has won several international design awards including the Dutch Design Award and the Core77 Award, and was the finalist for the Adobe Achievement Award. Wael's work has been exhibited in several design exhibitions including the Graphic Design Museum in the Netherlands, the Haus der Kunst in Munich and the Bastakiya Art Fair in Dubai. Wael received his MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and is currently living and working in New York City.
Project 1 of 3
Kufam is a bilingual typeface originally commissioned by Khatt Foundation part of the Typographic Matchmaking project. The Arabic is inspired by early Kufi inscriptions (7th century) and the Latin is inspired by Dutch urban lettering of the 1920's. The font has a basic ligature set, a stylistic set for extended horizontals and contextual alternates for the returning “yeh”. Currently available in 2 weights, it supports the Arabic and Persian scripts.
Latin Type Designer: Artur Schmal
Project 2 of 3
The posters investigate the notion of identity as a composite of infinite traces. One's identity is formed through the accumulation and sedimentation of marks over time. The designs resulted from compositing photos, scripts, and shapes that represent places, people and past personal experiences. 20 × 40 in (508 × 762 mm) Color inkjet print
Project 3 of 3
Identity for the Creative Mind Initiative: the ambitious effort to explore the creative mind in education, research and outreach. Commissioned by Brown University Creative Arts Council.
Designers: Federico Perez Villoro + Kyuha Shim