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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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Arab Design Pioneers and the Propagation of a Modern Visual Culture


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