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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.



16 September 2017, at Dar Bellarj, Marrakech, Morocco


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Free Concert and live performance by H.A.T. (aka Hatim Belyamani), Moroccan multimedia artist and musician living in New York, and guest artist Khadija El Warzazia, linking traditional Moroccan music to contemporary electro beats and video art. 


Nomadic Traces Exhibition (16 Dec 2016 —16 Sep 2017)
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



Latest Editions from the Arabic Design Library

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Read more about the series and other titles from  Khatt Books

Progress is built upon the achievements of predecessors. The Arabic Design Library series focuses on inspiring design achievements from the Middle East and North Africa. It aims to highlight the work of prominent Arab typographers, graphic designers and illustrators. With this series of concise monographs, Khatt Books strives to establish a visual record of Arab design history of the 20th century, and pave the way for critical writing, by Arab authors, on design from the region.


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