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Workshop Description

This workshop is designed to Arabic speaker designers for Arabic language publications in the Middle East.

Al Shabiba newspaper is the most award winner publication in the region with design recognition by SND (Society for News Design), SPD (Society of Publication Design) and The Best of Middle East News Design.

The creativity and Innovation in their layout and page design is the real proof of the combination of image and the power of Arabic typography.

The personality of newspaper is determined by the content and layout. And in this workshop you will discover many ways to be different and reflect your own publication identity.

At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to distinguish between good and poor layout and think outside the box.


Workshop objectives:

  1. Attendees will learn the layout principles, techniques and the common mistakes.
  2. The layout concept. Learning how to develop a strong concept.
  3. Simplicity Vs complex
  4. The workflow. Learn how to determine an effective procedures to reach the goals
  5. What makes a features page a remarkable reader’s experience
  6. Typography, headline and text in the layout.

Workshop Chairperson: Osama Aljawish

Osama’s design work is recognized by the innovation and boldness in Arabic language publication. He is Senior Designer at Al Shabiba and Times of Oman newspaper in Muscat. He received BA degree from Damascus University in 2003 and he is currently a member of Fine Artists Association of Syria and Society for News Design Regional Director. He started his career in advertising agency in Oman and joined the publication industry as Senior Designer for Al Shabiba, the sister publication of Times of Oman. He helped to launched the redesign of Al Shabiba together with Dr. Mario Garcia and Adonis Durado. His work received several awards from the SND Creative Competition, including gold and a JSR (judge’s special recognition).

“For the Arabic language Al Shabiba, Adonis Durado hired Osama Aljawish, who immediately set out to work closely with us on the new logo of Al Shabiba, plus a style that has made the newspaper perhaps one of the best designed in the Arab world, not to mention that, in my view,  it may be perhaps the first Arab language daily to win so many accolades at the SND Awards.”

Mario Garcia- CEO Garcia Media

Who should attend

The workshop is open for Arabic language speaker designers, Art Directors, Art Editors, journalists, visual editors and students.

Location and date

23 and 24 October 2015

Friday and Saturday

Dubai Knowledge Village


Price early bird For professionals $350

For students and educators: $250


A certificate of attendance from The Society for News Design

Membership for one year on The Society for News Design


Limited seats available so register now!


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