Typographic Matchmaking in the Maghrib at ISType2017

Presentations by Kristyan Sarkis and Laura Meseguer

9 Jun 2017
10 Jun 2017

Kristyan Sarkis and Laura Meseguer will be presenting in two separate talks, at the Istanbul Typography Seminars ISTYPE 2017, their type design and their research and award-winning tri-script font famlly Qandus, designed in the framework of the Typographic Matchmaking in the Maghrib project, and winner of the TDC 2017 excellence in type design awards.

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June 9, Friday 15:00 – SALT Galata
Kristyan Sarkis

A Perspective on Arabic Type, Identity & Culture

The notion of contemporaneity in Arabic type is a fairly recent and debatably vague one. The prevailing dichotomy is between those who believe Arabic type should stay as close as possible to its calligraphic form and those who believe in a clear cut between the two disciplines. As the field still lacks a substantial foundation, open conversations and research, efforts remain largely on an individual level. Within this context, Kristyan’s path led him to analyze the script thoroughly and to consistently explore virgin territories. He will talk about his own journey seeking contemporary expressions of the Arabic script through his type design projects and his involvement in education.


June 9, Friday 10:00 – SALT Galata
Laura Meseguer

On Process

Her talk will start with her last and ongoing project: Qandus Latin, part of a family typeface that was initiated at Typographic Matchmaking in the Maghrib project of the Khatt Foundation. The specific goal of the collaboration was the research and development of tri-script font families (Arabic, Latin and Tifinagh) that could communicate harmoniously and facilitate a cultural trialogue in the region. Along a period of a year and some extra months, the font is being developed as a system of which she will be sharing the design process and the results.


ISType 2017 : Variation : June 9-11, 2017

An international gathering at which students, professionals and enthusiasts can share their ideas and inspire each other, ISType 2017 invites you to explore the subtleties that lie beneath type production. The theme Variation will revolve around the many interactions between practice, theory and history within the field of typography.

For more information on the conference please visit the official site