Khatt Font Project
The Typographic Matchmaking 01 project
Building cultural bridges with typeface design
10 Arab and Dutch designers collaborate on designing Arabic companions for Dutch fonts
Typographic Matchmaking Pilot Project
Project: Edo Smitshuijzen, Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès
A turning point for Arabic typography and design
Report on the Khatt Kufi & Kaffiya symposium and the Typographic Matchmaking project presentations.
The Typographic Matchmaking project ( Arabic fonts and book ), the Khatt online community (www.khtt.net), the Khatt Kufi and Kaffiya | Symposium on Arabic Visual Culture , and the El Hema exhibition...
Project, Font Family Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès 23 May 2007
Fresco Arabic: western Latin meets western Kufi.
New Arabic companion to the Fresco font family
This project is a collaboration between the renown Ducth type designer, Fred Smeijers, and the Arab type designer Lara Assouad-Khoury
Fresco Arabic Wins TCD2 2008 Award29Jul 200822Aug 2008
Congratulations to our Khatt members Lara Assouad-Khoury and Fred Smeijers for their achievement! The Fresco Arabic Font designed and developed by Lara Assouad-Khoury and Fred Smeijers , wins the...
Project, Font Family Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès
Fedra Arabic: balancing legibility with…
New Arabic companion to the Fedra font family
This project is a collaboration between the renown type designer, Peter Bilak, and the Arab type designer Tarek Atrissi.
Signs of Conflict Website (online archive)
Signs of Conflict is a research project by Zeina Maasri
This website wraps up the different outputs of Zeina Maasri's long-time research project since 2003 on Lebanon's civil war posters. The project involved collecting, archiving and studying the...
Image: 16 Feb 2007
Fedra Arabic posters close up.
Project, Font Family Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès 24 May 2007
Sada echoing Seria: two scripts in one family
New Arabic companion to the Seria font family
This project is a collaboration between the renown Dutch type designer, Martin Majoor, and the Arab type designer Pascal Zoghbi.
Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès 2 Apr 2009
FontShop chooses a Khatt Foundation font as its…
Typographic Matchmaking V1.0, implemented in the mainstream international type market
The former Sada Font designed and developed by Pascasl Zoghbi and Martin Majoor within the framework of the Khatt Foundation's Typographic Matchmaking v1.0, has been recently released by FontShop...
book 3 Aug 2007
Ali Baba book cover
The El Hema edition of Ali Baba . This is a joint publication of Bulaaq publishers and Mediamatic Foundation. The book cover is designed by Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares (in the style of the El Hema...
Project, Font Family Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès 24 May 2007
BigVesta Arabic: legibility in monumental…
New Arabic companion to the BigVesta font family
This project is a collaboration between the renown Dutch type designer, Gerard Unger, and the renown Arab type designer Nadine Chahine.
Poster for the Khatt fonts exhibition and Typographic Matchmaking book launch in Beirut. The poster works both as a promotion and a commentary on the design process of the fonts (here: BigVesta...
Khatt Project Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès
Typographic Matchmaking fonts in public spaces
The BigVesta Arabic font used in Guggenheim exhibition design
the Vesta and BigVesta Arabic fonts are used on large scale environmental graphics and lettering for the Saadiyat Island Cultural District Masterplan, which was unveiled in Abu Dhabi, on the 31st of...
TheMix Arabic: balancing handwritten and…
This project is a collaboration between the renown Dutch type designer, Lucas de Groot, and the renown Arab calligrapher and designer, Mouneer Al-Shaarani, and with technical support from Pascal...
Image: 25 Sep 2007
iamsterdam for khtt.jpg
t-shirt designed and sold at the El Hema exhibition saying in 'anamsterdam (Arabic for 'Iamsterdam'). The font used is TheMix Arabic by Lucas deGroot, Mouneer Al-Shharani & Pascal Zoghbi.
Image: 25 Jul 2007
El-Hema exhibition t-shirts
Dawn and Najah in their vintage El HEMA t-shirts. The 'old-school' El HEMA logo was designed by Tarek Atrissi using TheMix Arabic from the Khatt set of fonts. TheMix Arabic was designed by Lucas de...
Khatt Kufi Kaffiya, the printable symposium…
Lectures are described in detail with timings and links to the speakers' biographies.
The symposium program has been evolving and includes topics of every aspect of contemporary Arabic visual culture and identity, going beyond the stereotypes of what is associated with Arabic culture...
khatt kufi & kaffiya24Aug 2007
New Arabic type design impresses Dutch lawyers…
El-HEMA Exhibition at Mediamatic
Good graphic design still creates a very powerful image. Sometimes even up to a level that it may mislead and subsequently embarrass captains of industry and top law firms.
El HEMA got awarded the Dutch Design Prize!
We are pleased to announce that the 'El HEMA' exhibition was awarded the Best Dutch Design Awards 2007 in the visual identity category, and came second in the 'Audi(ence) prize'. Jans Possel and...
Event: Stichting Mediamatic
El HEMA Project24Aug 20076Jan 2008
What would an Arabic HEMA look like? Halal sausage? Arabic chocolate letters? Affordable high quality headscarves? 3 Palestinian scarfs (kaffia) for the price of 2? Tunics or Djballas? School...
Image: 30 Aug 2007
The El Hema Exhibition and products in the Dutch press and mainstream newspapers
gift wrapping paper
my contribution to the 'El Hema' contest.
Image: 4 Nov 2007
El Hema Design Competition Jury members from left to right: Willem Velthoven, René Repko, and Diana Krabbendam.
Pillowcase "Alf leila wa leila" wins second prize
El Hema design competition
This pillowcase is the submission from Nellie Keijzer for the El Hema design competition. It's an abstract translation of the concept "the Arabian nights". Arabic word 'night' (Leila) 1001 times...
Event: Notre Dame University
El HEMA in Lebanon29Nov 2007
On the 29th of November, Wael Morcos, Khajag Apelian, Raya Tueni and Maria Hakim will give a lecture about the “El Hema” project (the Exhibition they worked on in Amsterdam in August 2007 with...
El Hema Lecture at NDU
On the 29th of November, KJ and I will join Raya Tueni and Maria Hakim to give a lecture about “El Hema” at Note Dame University - Zouk Mosbeh (The Exhibition that we worked on in Amsterdam in August...
Book: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès, Edo Smitshuijzen
Graphic design for social change
Arabic Kufi Workshop
On the 28th and 29th of August I will be giving an Arabic kufi Workshop for non-Arabic speakers. The workshop will start with a lecture about Arabic Kufi style, then each participant will make his...
Interview with Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares in Brownbook Magazine Dec. 2012
" The Khatt Foundation has become one of the most exciting and innovative young enterprises to emerge from Europe’s fast-paced design industry. Founded eight years ago in Amsterdam, the Foundation...