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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.

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.

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

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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

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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.

  • This book is an invitation for (graphic) designers to enter the 3D universe. Producing tangible stuff has never been easier. This territory is anxiously waiting for designers with graphic and communication skills to step in, dream away and explore a world that is much less ephemeral than their professional field. Their professional background may move traditional barriers and our environment may be enriched with tangible objects from a world of creation normally exposed in books, magazines, and on screens.

    The book explains the basic and varied manufacturing technologies. It discusses production options, problems, and how to best d...

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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