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The Khatt Foundation, Center for Arabic Typography is a cultural foundation and design research center dedicated to advancing design and typography in the Middle East, North Africa and their diaspora, and to building cross-cultural creative networks.

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    Sketch for the multiscript font Qandus by Laura Meseguer, Kristyan Sarkis and Juan Luis Blanco, for the Typographic Matchmaking in the Maghrib project.

What we do: design research, design residencies, experimental projects, cross-cultural networks, collaboration, knowledge exchange, knowledge production, social engagement, public space, agency, methodology, workshops, conferences, exhibitions, tools, books, publications, products, objects, words, texts, languages, letters, type, heritage, visual culture, innovation.

Looking for internship or volunteer opportunities to help us develop the above, please send a cover letter and CV to the Khatt Foundation.

Posted by: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares, 23 Jul 2015, 9:45

“We can’t blame them for producing imitations of Western work. We teach them in English using European and American books,” says LAU associate professor Yasmine Nachabe Taan of her graphic design students.

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    Taan wrote the first book in a series intended to highlight prominent Arab design research.

  • “That’s the goal of this series, to produce material that will expose generations to come to the work of Arab designers,” she adds, referring to the Arab Design Library, a series of monographs launched this year by Khatt Books.

    For over a decade, the Khatt Foundation, established by LAU graduate Huda AbiFares, has worked towards advancing Arab design research through collaborative projects, workshops and the development of a network of designers. The new book series aims to inspire further design achievement by highlighting the work of prominent Arab typographers, graphic designers and illustrators.

    “I always try to...

Hilmi Al-Tuni, Evoking Popular Arab Culture

Illustration | Lettering | Book Design

Posted by: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares, 20 Nov 2014, 12:05

The first in the series Arabic Design Library by Khatt Books.

It is a concise and highly illustrated bilingual account (in both English and Arabic) of one of the Arab World's most prolific and renown illustrator and book designer.

  • Hilmi Al-Tuni is Egyptian and one of the Arab World's most prominent and proficient illustrator and book designer. He has formed with his ubiquitous work the visual sensitivities of generat


Nasri Khattar, A Modernist Typotect

Fighting Illiteracy with Type Design

Posted by: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares, 20 Nov 2014, 12:05

The second in the series Arabic Design Library by Khatt Books.

It is a concise and highly illustrated bilingual account (in English and Arabic) of the Lebanese architect-typographer (a 'typotect') who passionately strove to democratize knowledge: fighting illiteracy with type design.

  • Nasri Khattar is a Lebanese architect-typographer (he called himself a typotect) whose work was motivated by the Arab postcolonial project of modernity. He participated in the language and


Sculpting Type

An Introduction to CNC Typography

Posted by: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares, 20 Nov 2014, 12:04

An essential and inspiring book on 3D Typography that explains the basic and varied manufacturing technologies, among which 3D printing.

Posted by: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares, 28 Feb 2013, 5:45

Typographic Matchmaking in the City is a documentary about an urban typographic research project, shot on several locations in Amsterdam, Dubai (UAE), Sharjah (UAE), Pingjum (Friesland), and Doha (Qatar).

Director & Camera: Jan de Bruin
Producer: Khatt Foundation, Jan de Bruin
Edit: Ans Kanen
Music: Philipp Ernsting