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Q&A with Michael Hebb

How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?

Creativity is the engine of my practice. I wouldn’t have a career without it - and paradoxically, I don’t know how to define creativity. 

Where do you find your best creative inspiration?


What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

Focus on liberating your heart, the rest is meaningless. 

Who would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings?

Mark Roth / Lesley Hazleton / Greg Lundgren / Chase Jarvis

What did you learn from your most memorable creative failure?

That failure is the greatest teacher - I now aim to fail - we learn nothing from applause.

What are you proudest of in your life?

My daughters.

CreativeMornings Seattle Presents

Michael Hebb 

The Scale of The Dinner Table; finite space, infinite potential.

Michael Hebb has been staging convivial gatherings and redefining hospitality/tablemaking since 1997; co-founding the City Repair project and Communitecture with Mark Lakeman; and co-founding family supper, ripe, clarklewis, and the Gotham Bldg Tavern in Portland OR with Naomi Pomeroy. His expansive multidisciplinary dinners have taken place on five continents, have been exhibited in several museums and featured in the NY Times, W, Art Forum, The New Yorker, GQ, The Guardian and dozens of international publications. Michael strongly believes that the table is one of the most effective (and overlooked) vehicles for changing the world.

He is also the founder of One Pot - a creative agency that specializes in the technology of the common table, and the ability to shift culture through the use of thoughtful food and discourse based engagements and happenings. One Pot has worked closely with thought/cultural leaders and many foundations/institutions including: the Republic of Gabon, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, X Prize Foundation, FEED Foundation, Architecture For Humanity, and Summit Series. Michael is the founding Creative Director of The City Arts Festival, the founder of Night School @ The Sorrento Hotel, and is currently a Teaching Fellow at University of Washington’s Master of Communication in Digital Media department. His writings have appeared in GQ, Food and Wine, Food Arts, ARCADE, Seattle Magazine and City Arts. Michael and Dr. Shauna Shapiro are currently writing a book focused on mindfulness, neuroscience, and table ritual.
In Fall 2012, as part of UW MCDM, Michael and Scott Macklin began designing Let’s Have Dinner and Talk About Death with Masters students and many of our countries healthcare leaders - the interactive digital platform is scheduled to launch Spring 2013.

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Creative Mornings speaker Mamoun Sakkal’s typographic work extends to a prolific display of Arabic calligraphy. There’s multiple variations that Mamoun’s skill shines through and to start us off, here’s an example of poetry set in the elegant Tuluth round style. It reads "Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do". 

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And here’s some playful Zoomorphic Calligraphy. This is a Persian poem set in the shape of a tiger, with an example following of how one would read the poem, starting at #1 and rotating clockwise to the head at #13. Translated, "Salimah, my love, remember the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you."

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Kufic Calligraphy, an ancient form of Arabic script. Here are some examples wedding monograms that incorporate the bride and groom’s name that made in the Eastern Kufi Style. 

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Mamoun has also designed work in a Square Kufic style, which is used for tiling as an architectural detail. Below are examples of custom work for a home in Spain, featuring Qur’anic text set in glass mosaic tiles.

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P.S. We’re releasing tickets for folks on the waiting list over the next few days. Be sure to get on the list if you haven’t already!

As the international market for design grows, the value of knowing unique writing systems deepens. International typographer Mamoun Sakkal will tantalize us with stories on the challenge and beauty of designing Arabic typefaces during May’s Creative Morning talk, Writing Backwards: Designing Arabic Typefaces.

An expert in multiple Arabic typographic disciplines, including multiple types of calligraphy, Sakkal has had a longstanding career with letterforms in addition to his expert knowledge on on developing Arabic typefaces in conjunction with Latin typefaces. To prepare you for what will be a fantastic talk, we’ll be posting examples of his work whet your appetites over the next week.

To get things started, here’s a look at Shilia, one of several typefaces Mamoun has designed. This specific typeface was made as an Arabic companion to Linotype Univers (designed by Adrian Frutiger). Examples of both shown below.

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And here’s an example of a custom version of this typeface in action at the Burj Khalifa Hotel in Dubai, UAE. It looks especially stunning paired with Univers within their wayfinding system.

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Another example of his Arabic-Latin collaborations is Arabtek, designed to be compatible with the English font, Teknik.

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And finally, here’s Sakkal Kufi, a typeface based on traditional forms of Kufic calligraphy, one of several Arabic calligraphy disciplines.

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This is just a sampling of Mamoun Sakkal’s work and there will be plenty more to see and hear about during May’s Creative Morning! Be sure to grab tickets if you haven’t already!