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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.

 

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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.

 

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Typographic Matchmaking in the Maghrib (2015–2017)

The Short Documentary

https://player.vimeo.com/video/241743698

Filmed, directed and edited by Jan de Bruin

Curator: Huda Smitshuijzen-AbiFares
Assistant Curator: Brahim Boucheikha

Type Designers: Laura Meseguer, Kristyan Sarkis, Andreu Balius, Salah Bellizi, Juan Luis Blanco, Naïma Ben Ayed, Redouan Chetuan. Film maker: Jan de Bruin

The Typographic Matchmaking in the Maghrib short documentary is part “making-of” and part conceptual impression of the project. The film documents the working process of the project, yet also contextualizes the cultural histories and realities of the North African identity and social fabric. Film maker and video artist Jan de Bruin is well-known for his minute observing eye, wherein he can distill meaning in the tiniest or most mundane details. This audiovisual production investigates how lettering features in specific environments and its importance as a primary cultural identifier. The history of the various scripts investigated and their interactions through the ages, their visual qualities and characteristics will be examined through the ways in which the various designers work within these writing and design traditions. The film will cover how do the designers move in and outside these different geographical, sociopolitical, design and writing spaces. Through interviews and testimonials the goals of the project and the motivation of the designers is made clear and the cultural implications of the fonts produced is explained. The film is becomes a meta-text on how the filmic medium is equipped (or not) to capture the media of writing and type design. How can the disciplines of the cinematic and the typographic(written) enforce each other within a filmic scenario, and produce an added value to design practice and education.

Typographic Matchmaking in the Maghrib 3.0

The goals of the Typographic Matchmaking projects are to nurture cultural dialogue and help develop indigenous design skills. In its third edition entitled Typographic Matchmaking in the Maghrib, a group of European (Dutch, Spanish, French) and Arab (Lebanese, Moroccan, Tunisian) designers will research and develop tri-script font families that combine Arabic, Tifinagh and Latin scripts harmoniously.

 

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The Qandus Multiscript Typeface Family Wins TCD2 2017
Award For Excellence in Typeface Design

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Congratulations to the Qandus design team: Laura Meseguer, Kristyan Sarkis and Juan Louis Blanco on this achievement.

The Qandus multiscript typeface family was developed within the framework of the Khatt  Foundation's type design research project: Typographic Matchmaking in the Maghrib (2015—2017).

The Qandus Multiscript Typeface Family Wins TCD2 2017 Award

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Latest Editions from the Arabic Design Library

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Read more about the series and other titles from  Khatt Books

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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.

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Typographic Matchmaking in the City (2009–2011)

https://vimeo.com/48810377

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