Arabic Typography for the Next Generation

Talk by Khatt Foundation Founder at Design+Making UAE

13 Nov 2018

The Khatt Foundation, Centre for Arabic Typography is a cultural foundation and design research centre dedicated to advancing design and typography in the Middle East, North Africa and their diaspora, and to building cross-cultural creative networks. In this talk it’s Founder Dr. Huda Smitshuijzen Abifarès talks about the impact the foundation has had and examines the works currently on display in RASM at 1971 Design Space, Sharjah by a select group of designers from the Middle East, produced since the launch of the Khatt Foundation’s design community.


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Since 2008, Tashkeel has been nurturing UAE design practice through the Tanween Design Programme, Tanween Collection, Make Works UAE, the Van Cleef & Arpels Middle East Emergent Designer Prize and its Designer-in-Residence initiative. In the past five years, Tashkeel has invested in 19 UAE-based designers from nine countries to develop 28 products from concept to completion. The platform at Design Week Dubai will place a particular focus on the Tanween Design Programme, Tanween Collection and Make Works UAE, as well as contributions from the organisation’s creative partners, the Khatt Foundation and Dubai Network for Art, Architecture & Technology (d-NAT).