Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès

Symposium on Multiscript typography

Typographic Matchmaking in the Maghrib 3.0

Amsterdam symposium and final presentation of the three font families.
SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2016, 17.30—19.30
Framer Framed, Ijpromenade 2, 1031 KT Amsterdam
The 3rd edition of the multi-script typographic research project of the Khatt Foundation is completed!
Dear friends and colleagues, we cordially invite you to the symposium, the final presentation of the typographic design research project, and the resulting three new tri-script font families (Arabic, Latin, Tifinagh). The talks will present the project's journey since its initiation in September 2015, our discoveries and experiences along the way. Each of the three design teams, will give a detailed presentation on their research, concept, design process, and their final typeface designs.
Entrance is free of charge but places are limited, so please reserve so you can be sure to have a seat.

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The ambitious 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 (Spanish and French) and Arab (Lebanese, Moroccan and Tunisian) designers have been brought together to research and develop tri-script font families that combine Arabic, Tifinagh and Latin scripts harmoniously. Both the Maghribi and the Tifinagh (the script of for the Berber languages) have not been fully explored in contemporary digital fonts, though they harbor a wealth of aesthetic variety and expressive potential.


5.30—6.00 Welcome and Introduction of the Typographic Matchmaking in the Maghrib
Curators: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès & Brahim Boucheikha
6.00—6.30 ELIXIR Project
Naïma Ben Ayed & Redouan Chetuan
6.30—7.00 TUBQAL Project
Andreu Balius & Brahim Boucheikha & Juan Luis Blanco
7.00—7.30 QANDUS Project
Laura Meseguer & Kristyan Sarkis & Juan Luis Blanco

7.30 Refreshments in the Tolhuistuin Cafe

We look forward to welcoming you on the 10th of September.


Project team:

Curator: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares
Assistant Curator: Brahim Boucheikha
Type Design Team 1: Naïma Ben Ayed and Redouan Chetuan.
Type design Team 2: Salah Bellizi and Andreu Balius, Juan Luis Blanco.
Type Design Team 3: Laura Meseguer and Kristyan Sarkis, Juan Luis Blanco;
For more information on the project please visit the dedicated blog by clicking here.
The project was made possible with the generous support and collaoration of the following institutions:
Khatt Foundation, Creative Industries Fund NL (Netherlands), Fondation Suzanna Bidermann (Basel), Allianz Kulturstiftung (Berlin), Lutfia Rabbani Foundation (The Hague), ESAVM (Ecole Supérieure des Arts Visuels Marrakech (Morocco), Casa Árabe (Cordoba/Madrid), FramerFramed (Amsterdam), Mosaic Rooms (London).