ADC Awards

The ADC Annual Awards is the oldest continuously running industry award show in the world. Now in its 99th year, these Awards celebrate the very best in advertising, design, illustration, photography, packaging, motion and digital media, all with a focus on craftsmanship and innovation.


Khajag Apelian


Beirut, Lebanon

Khajag Apelian is a lettering artist, type and graphic designer. Having grown up between Dubai and Beirut, and being raised in an Armenian family, Khajag has an affinity for different languages and writing systems, which he has applied to the development of typefaces in many scripts, including Arabic, Armenian, and Latin. He designed Arek, a typeface that was awarded the Grand Prize at Granshan 2010 Type Design Competition, and was among the winners of Letter.2, the 2nd international type design competition organized by the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI). He currently operates under the name debakir Armenian for printed type, and is in constant collaboration with different type foundries and design studios like, Commercial Type, Bold Monday, Typotheque and Morcos Key. He has worked with various international brands including IBM, Apple, Samsung and Disney ME. Khajag also teaches design courses at the American University of Beirut.




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