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Articles on typography and visual communication in the Middle East

The Khatt Network for Arabic Typography is a project of the Khatt Foundation, designed as a platform for discussing issues pertaining to design and visual communication in and about the Middle East. Join us as a member in this networked community and contribute your thoughts, articles and latest news on this site.

Just to get you started, here's a list of recent contributions below. Please email your articles and latest news to Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès.

 
  • A series of interviews with people who play a role in the development of technology and design for the Arabic script.

  • Arabic typography amongst other non-Latin scripts has gained tremendous attention during the past few years. It has perhaps recently…

  • review, news: Michael Rock

    Khatt Foundation in the New York Times

    The Ever-Evolving Typographic Life of the Arabic Language

    Fonts and letterforms are more than just design. They’re the very fabric of civilization. So what happens when we can’t write together?

  • In an exclusive for the Italian edition of Rolling Stone, Alice Rawsthorn (the design critic for The New York Times ) and Paola…

  • Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares

    The Khatt Foundation on Al Jazeera English

    on ARTSWORLD programme's 7th and last episode

    ARTSWORLD is half hour weekly programme broadcast on Al Jazeera English that includes four 5-minute inserts each week from around the world.

  • News related to the interests of the Khatt design community posted in 2013

  • News related to the interests of the Khatt design community posted in 2011

  • News related to the interests of the Khatt design community posted in 2009

  • News related to the interests 0f the Khatt design community posted in 2007

  • Edo Smitshuijzen

    My heroes are the unknown scribes and artisans

    Interview with Bahia Shehab, art historian, writer, educator, street artist, and designer. Part of the Multiple Baselines series.

    Bahia Shehab likes to advance along a wide front. At the age of 38, she managed to collect a Bachelors degree in graphic design from…

  • Edo Smitshuijzen

    Designing fonts that combine more than one script in one font file is no longer an exceptional activity. A lot of type designers are…

  • review, news: Alix-Rose Cowie

    Khatt Foundation on CasimirTV

    The Past Meets the Future in Arabic Design and Typography Today

    by Alix-Rose Cowie Posted 16 February 2016

  • If you are interested in getting more information on the exhibition The Future of Tradition — Tradition of Future in Munich, you…

  • Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares

    In Translation

    Khatt projects featured in frieze magazine

    A Dutch–Arabic typography project shows increasing compatibility between strikingly different languages and cultures by Eugenia…

  • News related to the interests of the Khatt design community posted in 2014-2015

  • News related to the interests of the Khatt design community posted in 2012

  • News related to the interests of the Khatt design community posted in 2008