Self Portrait, Amman, 2019.

Hussein Alazaat

Hussein is a multi-disciplinary designer, instructor, calligraphy artist and typography enthusiast from Jordan. He founded ALAZAAT Design in 2008, and has worked since then for various clients in diverse industries from the UK, Portugal, Germany, Australia, Turkey, the USA and the MENA region. Hussein believes in the power of Arabic calligraphy in modern brands and products; he also emphasizes contemporary treatment in his typographic works.
Hussein received his first inspiration from children's books and magazines, and was influenced by the late Egyptian designer and artist Mohieddien El-Labbad, and in his design studio in Amman, he is collecting a vital archive of Arab publications from the past two centuries which will be turned into an online library for public soon. 
In 2012, he co-founded 'Wajha', a social/cultural/design initiative to help small businesses and shop owners who are in need of free-of-charge branding works for their shops.
Hussein has given several workshops in calligraphy and design, and lectured for schools and universities in Jordan and abroad.
By the beginning of 2018, Hussein launched ELHARF, a design space and an online platform that embraces art, visual culture, and Arabian designed products. At ELHARF House Hussein aims to transform the knowledge and experiences from professionals to learners through consistent workshops, courses, lectures, and sharing a specialized library of books and references.
Hussein has graduated from Amman Graphic Arts School  and earned a Graphic Design Diploma from London Art College via distance learning.

حسين الأزعط مصمم متعدد التخصصات وفنان حروفي عربي، يؤمن بقوة الخط العربي كعنصر رئيسي في صناعة الهويات البصرية والمنتجات التصميمية المعاصرة. تلقى حسين إلهامه الأول من كتب ومجلات للأطفال، وتأثر بالمصمم والفنان المصري الراحل محيي الدين اللباد.
في استوديو التصميم الخاص به في عمّان، يجمع حسين أرشيفاً حيوياً من المنشورات العربية من القرنين الماضيين ويعمل على تحويله إلى مكتبة رقمية متاحة للجمهور والباحثين بإسم “خزانة الكتب الجميلة”. شارك حسين في تأسيس “واجهة”، وهي مبادرة تصميم اجتماعية/حضرية لمساعدة الحرفيين وأصحاب المتاجر الصغيرة ممن هم بحاجة إلى علامات تجارية لمحلاتهم مجاناً، وكذلك لتجميل الشوارع العربية ونشر ثقافة التصميم الجيّد. ومؤخراً أطلق حسين مشروعه الجديد “الحرف” هو مساحة تحتضن فنون وعلوم وثقافة الحرف، ومنصة لتسويق المنتجات التصميمية والأعمال الفنية. وضمن مساحة “بيت الحرف” يتم تناقل الخبرات والمعارف من المحترفين إلى طالبي العلم عبر ورشات عمل ودورات متتالية ومحاضرات تعريفية، وبحضور الكتب والمصادر المتخصصة لتعزيز المعرفة.

يعتمد حسين الأزعط على التجريب والتجريد في أعماله التصميمية والفنية، ومن خلال خبرته في تشريح الحرف العربي الكلاسيكي ينتقل إلى ممارسات حداثية في حت وتعرية الحرف واكتشاف كوامنه الدفينة، وخاصة في التطبيقات الطباعية للحرف. عرض الأزعط أعماله في عدة صالات فنية عبر معارض فردية ومشتركة، وضمن مجموعات خاصة في عدة دول حول العالم.

Showcasing experience:

- November 2010
City language Urban Art Exhibition.
Foresight32 Art Gallery, Amman, Jordan

- October 2011
Arabesque II: Graphic Design from the Arab world and Persia.
Five Featured works
Gestalten Publishers
Berlin, Germany

- September 2012
Space on board - Skateboard Art exhibition.
The Studio, Amman, Jordan

- February 2013
Sufi Calligraphy: Solo Experimental Arabic calligraphy exhibition.
Zara Gallery, Amman, Jordan

- November 2013
Hussein Alazaat Design and Art exhibition.
Kings Academy, Madaba, Jordan.

- September 2016
The Street Letters, Calligraphy on skateboards.
The Hangar, Amman Design Week, Amman, Jordan.

- September 2016
Wajha Installation: The Cube.
The Hangar, Amman Design Week, Amman, Jordan.

October 2017
Packaging design exhibition.
The Hangar, Amman Design Week, Amman, Jordan.

January 2019
Private Art collection.
Royal Hashemite Court, Amman, Jordan.

May 2019
Group exhibition.
Foresight32 Art Gallery, Amman, Jordan.

June 2019
Art symposium and exhibition.
Al-Hussein Park, and Nabad Art Gallery. Amman, Jordan.

September 2019
Calligraphic stairs, public art.
Luwaibdeh area, Amman, Jordan.

October 2019
Exhibition: Of Letters and Coins.
Kabariti Village, Amman, Jordan.

October 2019
Exhibition: Rare Arabic Prints.
ELHARF House, Amman, Jordan.

Workshops, lectures and teaching experiences:

- February 2013
Arabic Type Design workshop
ABCAD center, Al Manama, Bahrain.

- July 2013
Lecture: Wajha
Amman Art Week, Amman, Jordan.

- October 2013
Arabic typography for design students.
Kings Academy, Madaba, Jordan. 

- March 2014
Wajha design workshop and lecture.
Sikka Art Fair, Dubai, UAE

- June 2014
Lecture: Wajha 
German Jordanian University, Amman, Jordan.

July 2014
Mentor for design students.
Design School Kolding, Denmark.

- May 2014
Experimental Arabic calligraphy workshops.
Kings Academy, Madaba, Jordan.

- January 2015
Arabic calligraphy workshop for Syrian students.
Yavuz Sultan Selim Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey. 

- March 2015
Experimental Arabic calligraphy workshop.
Dar Al Hikma University, Jeddah, KSA.

- March 2015
Lecture: Humanitarian Design Business.
Dar Al Hikma University, Jeddah, KSA.

- November 2015
Wajha design workshop.
Nuqat Creative Conference, Kuwait, Kuwait.

- November 2015
Lecture: Copy and Paste Syndrome.
Nuqat Creative Conference, Kuwait, Kuwait.

- September 2016
Lecture: Wajha in the Amman Design week.
Jordan Museum, Amman, Jordan.

- January 2017
Workshop: Wajha in the Heart of Sharjah
1971 Design Space, Sharjah, UAE

- May 2017
Instructor, Arabic Calligraphy semester.
Amman Academy, Amman, Jordan.

May 2017
Mentor for design students.
Ahliya and Mutran school, Amman, Jordan.

- October 2017
Tour: ELHARF Tour of calligraphy and sign-painting craftsmanship.
Amman Design Week, Amman, Jordan.

- October 2017
Workshop: Let's Design Wajhat, design workshop for children.
Amman Design Week, Amman, Jordan.

January 2018
Workshop: Hajj Art for Children.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

- January 2018 until now
Continuous calligraphy and design activities.
ELHARF House, Amman, Jordan.

May 2018
Jury member for the design graduation projects at the Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan.

May 2018
Mentor for design students.
Ahliya and Mutran school, Amman, Jordan.

August 2018
Mentor for design students.
Amman Design Week, Amman, Jordan.

December 2018
Workshop: Designing Tunisian shopfronts.
Maison de l'Image, Tunisia.

April 2018
Mentor for design students.
Amman Design Week, Amman, Jordan.

June 2019
Workshop and lecture for young Syrian refugees.
Istanbul, Turkey.

November 2019
Jury member for the design graduation projects at the German Jordanian University, Amman, Jordan.

Media links:

- Short interview on Al-Jazeera TV (AR)

- Street talk on the old sign of Amman city (AR)

- Interview: Old Books for Arab Kids (EN)

- Live interview with Roya TV (AR)

With the Council Foundation, France (EN)

AirBNB Magazine (EN)

Interview with A Minute Marvel (AR)
https://vimeo.com/280691841

Panel Discussion (AR)

Interview with Al-Arabi TV (AR)

Wajha in Amman Design Week (AR)

Wajha in Amman Design Week (AR)

Wajha in Kuwait, Nuqat Conference (AR)

Al Ghad TV (AR)

Interview for Reuters (AR)

Feature in Al-Bayan Newspaper (AR)

Feature in the FastCo Design blog (EN)

Coverage at Qantara (AR+DE)

Interview with Al-Jazeera Magazine (AR)

Interview with the BBC World (EN)
Amman Design Week 2019: Archaeology vs. Scripts

Jordan Script Routes: Connecting Archeology to Contemporary Design | Panel Discussion | |Amman Design Week 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeUbNkR4-2w&feature=emb_logo 


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