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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.

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Letters to Wear : Arabic Typography Competition

Deadline extended until 5 January 2015

Posted by: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares, 20 Nov 2014, 12:06

A Product Design Competition for Bag Charms
Closing date for all submissions is the 5th of January 2015
Winning Prize: €10,000 + a realized collection

    • The Project

      International accessories brand Baraboux*, has joined forces with the Khatt Foundation to announce an open call for artists and typographers specializing in Arabic type, to take part in the Baraboux Letters to Wear design competition. Artists and type designers of all accomplishments are being given the unique opportunity to design a set of Arabic letters that would eventually be realized into bag charms for one auspicious winner, through a paid product design commission, and judged by a consummate line-up of well known Arabic typography specialists from the region and internationally.

      Working with the Khatt F...

Hilmi Al-Tuni, Evoking Popular Arab Culture

Illustration | Lettering | Book Design

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

The first of Khatt Book's Series: the Arabic Design Library.

It is a concise yet 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 generations of Arab children and adults alike. He was socially motivated and believed in bringing art to the average person though design. He strove to develop a true Arab style of illustration, marrying old lettering styles, Islamic and pre-Islamic symbolism, popular culture, and a modernist style of painting. He has worked in editorial design for more than 50 years, illustrated and designed several popular magazines and many book covers for Al-Hilal publisher...

Nasri Khattar, A Modernist Typotect

Fighting Illiteracy with Type Design

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

The second of Khatt Book's Series: the Arabic Design Library.

It is a concise yet 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 script reform project initiated by the Arabic Language Academy in Cairo in the 1930s. Khattar's work focused on the Arabic script's technological and aesthetic reform. With his reduced set of 30 Unified Arabic letters, he strove to democratize knowledge: making reading in Arabic easier to learn, the production and typesetting of Arabic texts faster and cheaper. He experimented with a modern typographic aesthetic that was appropriate for the technology of...

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.

  • 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