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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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Illustration | Lettering | Book Design
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.
Fighting Illiteracy with Type Design
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.
An Introduction to CNC Typography
An essential and inspiring book on 3D Typography that explains the basic and varied manufacturing technologies, among which 3D printing.
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