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Khatt projects

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Here is an overview of our projects past, present and future.

Next to this community website, we do projects in the arab world and beyond.

  • event: Dubai, Tashkeel

    A Khatt Foundation Arabic Type Design Workshop 2015

    For both Beginners & Advanced participants

    1 Oct 2015
    30 Nov 2015

    A 5-day intensive Arabic Type Design workshop with Georg Seifert, Lara Assouad-Khoury, and Khajag Apelian. For registration and…

  • event: Doha, Katara Art Center

    3D Arabic Lettering & Ornament

    A Khatt Foundation Workshop in Doha, Qatar

    21 Oct 2013
    23 Oct 2013

    The workshop addresses present-day approaches to the ancient Arabic tradition of Arabesque ornamentation. The principles of…

  • event: Beirut, Al-Mohtaraf

    Arabic Type Design for Beginners, an Illustrated Guidebook

    Book Presentation and Launch in Beirut

    13 Apr 2013


    Join us if you are in Beirut for the presentation of the new book Arabic Type Design for Beginners at Al-Mohtaraf studio in…

  • event: Dubai, Design Days Dubai- 5 reactions

    Arabic Type Design for Beginners, an Illustrated Guidebook

    Book Launch At Design Days Dubai 2013

    18 Mar 2013


    Presentation and book launch at Studio, Design Days Dubai Edited by Huda Smitshuijzen-AbiFarès Authors: Huda…


  • event: Milano, SPD (Scuola Politacnica di Design)

    A window on design in the Arab World

    Contemporary Arabic typography for an open and crosscultural public space

    9 May 2012


    Huda Smitshuizen AbiFarès presents, within SPD's Design Talks, the Khatt Foundation platform for cultural dialogue to promote…

  • event: Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

    Contemporary Arabic Book Design

    Khatt Foundation Panel at ADIBF 2012

    29 Mar 2012


    Venue: Capital Suite 19, first floor of the exhibition centre Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2012. Within the framework of…

  • event: Dubai, Design Days Dubai- 1 reaction

    Arabic Lettering & Arabesque in Product Design

    The Khatt Foundation Workshop @ Design Days Dubai 2012

    18 Mar 2012


    A public workshop on the role of Arabic lettering in bringing an Arab/Middle Eastern look and identity to product design. Led by…

  • event: Dubai, Tashkeel

    Khabsa: Work in Progress Exhibition

    Informal exhibition of the Khat Foundation Type Design Workshop

    25 Oct 2011
    3 Nov 2011

    Opening reception 6:30pm, Tuesday 25th of October 2011, at the Small Gallery, Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba Exhibition runs from 25th…

  • event: Long Island City, MoMA PS1

    Khatt Foundation's Typographic Matchmaking in the City in NY

    Film screening / book signing @ the 6th Annual NY Art Book Fair 2011

    29 Sep 2011
    2 Oct 2011

    Date: Sunday, 2 October 2011, 12:00-13:00 Location: The Classroom, Gallery U (3rd Floor) A curated series of informal…

  • Winning the Match / Huda Smitshuijzen Abifarès

    Video interview on Gestalten.TV

    Gestalten video interview about the Khatt Foundation's Typographic Matchmaking project, Arabic fonts and calligraphy.

  • Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares - 1 reaction

    INSPIRE / Huda Smitshuijzen Abifarès

    Design Indaba video interview at What Design Can Do 2011

    Design thinking is important for innovation in traditional scripts.

  • event: Beirut, Beirut Art Center (BAC)

    Typographic Matchmaking in the City at Beirut Art Center

    Presentation - Film screening - Book signing

    11 Apr 2011


    Speaker: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares, Film Maker: Jan de Bruin Film Screening:19:00 - 19:45 Presentation: 20:00 - 20:45 Book…

  • event: Amsterdam, De Balie

    Typographic Matchmaking in the City Public Presentation

    Symposium – Film screening – Book launch

    4 Feb 2011

    14:00 Location: De Balie, Grote Zaal, Amsterdam…

  • event: Munich, Haus der Kunst

    Letters Off the Page @ Haus der Kunst, Munich

    A Khatt Foundation installation at Future of Tradition – Tradition of Future exhibition

    17 Sep 2010
    9 Jan 2011

    The Khatt Foundation's design installation (curated by Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares) at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany, was…

  • event: Eindhoven, Plaza Futura Theatre

    Typographic Matchmaking in the City : The Film

    Premiering at the Film + Design Festival in Eindhoven

    24 Oct 2010
    29 Oct 2010

    A film by Jan de Bruin Productions and the Khatt Foundation Dutch Premiere Film by Jan de Bruin 35 minutes documentary…

  • event: Klokgebouw Strijp-S, Eindhoven- 1 reaction

    Khatt Foundation@ Dutch Design Week 2010, NL

    Presenting the Typographic Matchmaking in the City project

    23 Oct 2010
    31 Oct 2010

    The Typographic Matchmaking in the City project aims to introduce a new approach to lettering and poetic narrative that would create…

  • event: Beijing

    Typographic Matchmaking at ICOGRADA Beijing 09

    Typographic Design in Networked Societies

    28 Oct 2009


    Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares will be presenting the Typographic Matchmaking in the City 2.0 project at the XIN ICOGRADA Bejing 09…

  • event: New York, Performa Hub

    Art Must Move

    PERFORMA teams up with Khatt Foundation

    1 Nov 2009
    22 Nov 2009

    Inspired by the Futurists’ approach to typography and graphic design as well as Filippo Tommaso Marinetti's Ottoman legacy in…

  • event

    Grand Café Mediterranée

    Cultural event endorsed by the Khatt Foundation

    A surprising programme on cultural exchange with the Middle East and North Africa. Here's an Impression of the event to watch on…

  • event: Dubai, Traffic

    Project Mulsaq, Dubai exhibition

    The first Khatt Design Collection of Wall Stickers

    13 Nov 2008
    5 Dec 2008

    The limited edition collection is available for sale in main major design outlets in the UAE – including Traffic and 50ºC – and…

  • Project: Edo Smitshuijzen, Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares

    A turning point for Arabic typography and design

    Report on the Khatt Kufi & Kaffiya symposium and the Typographic Matchmaking project presentations.

    The Typographic Matchmaking project ( Arabic fonts and book ), the Khatt online community (, the Khatt Kufi and…

  • Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares

    FontShop chooses a Khatt Foundation font as its first Arabic Release

    Typographic Matchmaking V1.0, implemented in the mainstream international type market

    The former Sada Font designed and developed by Pascasl Zoghbi and Martin Majoor within the framework of the Khatt Foundation's…

  • We are pleased to announce that the 'El HEMA' exhibition was awarded the Best Dutch Design Awards 2007 in the visual identity…

  • Khatt Project: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares

    Typographic Matchmaking fonts in public spaces

    The BigVesta Arabic font used in Guggenheim exhibition design

    the Vesta and BigVesta Arabic fonts are used on large scale environmental graphics and lettering for the Saadiyat Island Cultural…

  • event: Dubai, Tashkeel

    Khatt Foundation Arabic Type Design Workshop Series 2013

    9-Day workshop with renowned Arab designers and calligrapher

    25 Oct 2013
    2 Nov 2013

    Registration is open at: The programme for the third Khatt Foundation Type Design Workshop at Tashkeel…

  • event: Magazzino del Sale, Dorsoduro 262 (Fondamenta delle Zattere)

    RHIZOMA | Generation in Waiting

    Exhibition for the 55th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia

    30 May 2013
    24 Sep 2013

    Curated by Sara Raza and Ashraf Fayadh Opening 29 May 2013, at 18:00 The exhibitions draws its inspiration from a younger…

  • event: Dubai, Design Days Dubai

    Arabic Lettering & Ornament

    A Khatt Foundation Workshop

    21 Mar 2013


    Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès and Lara Assouad Khoury will bring a present-day approach to the ancient Arabic tradition of Arabic…

  • event: Dubai, Tashkeel- 21 reactions

    Khatt Foundation Arabic Type Design Workshop Series 2012

    15-Day workshop series by renowned Arab designers and calligraphers

    6 Nov 2012
    24 Nov 2012

    Registration is open at: For this second Khatt Foundation Type Design…

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

  • event: Doha, Katara Art Center

    Arabic Lettering & Arabesque in Product Design

    The Khatt Foundation Workshop at Katara Art Center

    31 Mar 2012


    The workshop will address the role that Arabic lettering plays in bringing an Arab/Middle Eastern look and identity to product…

  • event: Sharjah, Sharjah Art Foundation

    The Responsibility of Public Art Panel

    The Khatt Foundation at March Meeting 5

    19 Mar 2012

    Speakers: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares (Founding Director, Khatt Foundation, The Netherlands) Noura Al- Sayeh (Architect and…

  • event: Dubai, Design Days Dubai

    Khatt Foundation on ADAM

    Interview with Pink tank & Fikra about Khatt Foundation

    17 Mar 2012

    Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares was interviewed by the ADAM Design Collective (Pink Tank Mitra Khoubrou, & Frikra's Salem al-Qasimi)…

  • event: Dubai, Tashkeel- 6 reactions

    Khatt Foundation Type Design Workshop

    Dubai Workshop and Lecture Series 2011

    21 Oct 2011
    25 Oct 2011

    5-Day workshop || 3-Day Lecture Series by several renowned Arab designers Workshop leaders: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares, Lara…

  • event: New York, Type Directors Club

    Monumental Typography for Public Space

    Typographic Matchmaking in the City

    4 Oct 2011


    Lecture at the Type Directors Club Salon Date: Tuesday, 4 October 2011, 19:00–20:00 (doors open at 18.30) Location: TDC, 347…

  • Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares - 2 reactions

    TMMC Film on YouTube

    The Typographic Matchmaking in the City Documentary in 3 parts

  • event: Dubai, ART DUBAI

    Typographic Matchmaking in the City at Art Dubai 2011

    Presentation - Film screening - Book signing

    19 Mar 2011


    Art Park Talks on Saturday 19 March. Location: Art Park. Speaker: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares

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

  • Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares

    Khatt & Concrete Carpet

    Letters Off the Page in The National (press)

    The National (Abu Dhabi based newspaper). Saturday, 30 October 2010

  • 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…

  • event: ADA2010 Design Studio- 4 reactions

    Khatt Urban Poetry Workshop

    3D Typography Workshop at ADA2010

    4 Nov 2010


    Workshop leaders: Joumana Al Jabri & Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares…

  • event: Eindhoven, Van Abbemuseum

    Typographic Matchmaking in Eindhoven

    Multidisciplinary Workshop at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

    28 Oct 2010


    Within the framework of Tricksters Tricked, the Van Abbe Museum has invited the Khatt Foundation.

  • 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.

  • event: Amsterdam, Dubai, Paris, Beirut- 11 reactions
    1 Feb 2009
    4 Feb 2011

    The Khatt Foundation , curated by Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares, is launching the Typographic Matchmaking sequel — Typographic…

  • event- 17 reactions

    Project Mulsaq, competition

    The Khatt Design Collection of Wall Stickers

    Reinvent our space, bring the Middle East home The Khatt Design Collection Competition, a Limited Edition of Wall Stickers by…

  • event: Beirut, Art Lounge, Beirut

    Khatt Fonts

    Matchmaking Amsterdam-Beirut

    15 Dec 2007
    22 Dec 2007


    Please join us in Beirut for the opening, if you can. Arabic type, book launch and art exhibition. 15 Lebanese designers and…

  • event: New York, TCD- 5 reactions

    Fresco Arabic Wins TCD2 2008 Award

    For excellence in Typeface Design

    29 Jul 2008
    22 Aug 2008


    Congratulations to our Khatt members Lara Assouad-Khoury and Fred Smeijers for their achievement! The Fresco Arabic Font…

  • conference

    khatt kufi & kaffiya

    The Khatt Foundation Symposium on Arabic Visual Culture

    24 Aug 2007


    Khatt and Mediamatic will host a full day of lectures, presentations and celebration of new Arabic cultural expression, at the…

  • Khatt Font Project- 11 reactions

    The Typographic Matchmaking 01 project

    Building cultural bridges with typeface design

    10 Arab and Dutch designers collaborate on designing Arabic companions for Dutch fonts

  • event- 2 reactions

    Orientalia : Lead, Light and Letters

    Exhibition on Arabo-Dutch Type Design from the 17th-21st Century.

    A timely and positive way to promote cultural exchange and understanding between the West and the Arab world, and put the topic in…