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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.


Mashrebyia Font Competition - Call For Submission: The Mashrebiya Font Competition. Fonts for modern architectural screens. Looking forward to your inventive designs! For more information visit the Mahrebiya Font Competition page. The Mashrebiya Font Competition Edo Smitshuijzen

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.


Vladimir Tamari (1942—2017)

It is with great sadness that we inform you about the loss of Vladimir Tamari, scientist and designer (of AlQuds font), who passed away on August 10 2017 at the age of 75, in Tokyo Japan where he resides with his family.
Please keep Vladimir Tamari in good memory.

Panel in Jerusalem (1964) with an early form of Vladimir Tamari's AlQuds lettering - This ceramic panel was commissioned around 1963 by the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in the Old City of Arab Jerusalem. It was intended for the entrance of the kindergarten associated with the church, which is located only a few meters away from the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Vladimir Tamari drew the letters and decorative elements on paper, and it was transferred to ceramic panels by craftswomen at the Palestine Pottery works, where the panels were baked. The letters represent an early… Vladimir Tamari (1942—2017)


The Mashrebiya Font Competition: Submission Closed

and first phase jury in progress.

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The Sursock Museum talks, book launches and panel discussion was successful and well attended.

A heartfelt thank you to the Sursock Musem of contemporary art in Beirut, and to all the attendees and supporters.

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Nomadic Traces Exhibition
Nomadic Traces: Typographic Journeys exhibition
At Dar Bellarj, Marrakech 16 December 2016—16 September 2017
Curator: Huda Smitshuijzen-AbiFares?
Film and Photography by Jan de Bruin (the making of, installation and opening of the exhibition)
For more about the exhibition click here

Nomadic Traces Program // Tracés Nomades Programme



Typographic Matchmaking in the Maghrib (2015–2017)
Typographic Matchmaking in the Maghrib September 2015—September 2017
Curator: Huda Smitshuijzen-AbiFares?Assistant Curator: Brahim Boucheikha
Designers: Laura Meseguer, Kristyan Sarkis, Andreu Balius, Salah Bellizi, Juan Luis Blanco, Naïma Ben Ayed, Redouan Chetuan. Film maker: Jan de Bruin

Typographic Matchmaking in the Maghrib 3.0



Typographic Matchmaking in the City (2009–2011)

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